Possible Alcohol Ordinance for Mississippi County

January 22, 2007 - Posted at 6:19 p.m. CST

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY-By no means is Mississippi County a dry one, but the sheriff says it's time to take control.

We had 27 calls in the last few months, all but six of them were after 2:00 a.m.

Therefore there's talk of an alcohol ordinance being put in place.

We decided then that we need to take some action on this as far as getting them to calm down.

According to the sheriff, the entertainer club, just outside Blytheville, has been a problem spot late at night.

We were having anything from fights to shooting incidents in the parking lots. Just various hundreds of disturbances.

It is one of only two clubs in Mississippi county that have a class a license that allow them to stay open later.

And the sheriff says what this new ordinance would do is require all clubs to shut their doors at 2:00 a.m. Sending patrons home.

I don't think anyone has the right to operate their business and infringe up on the life and liberty of the other citizens of the community.

But the sheriff says there are still some issues to resolve before the ordinance could work properly.

This is partially due to a state statute by the a-b-c board.

Simply staying open past the ordinance time would not count against the license as far as abc is concerned.

But the sheriff says the county attorney is looking into this issue and he feels like the ordinance will pass.

There's a need for it. There's a will from the sheriff's department. And I think the quorum court also wants to proceed on with this.