STARKVILLE, Ms. (KNOE) - A Mississippi college town is loosening rules on the sale of alcohol, despite objections from an official who warned against allowing intoxicants too close to "God's house."
Starkville aldermen voted 4-3 Tuesday to let bars and restaurants sell alcohol closer to churches, schools and funeral homes. The current 250-foot minimum distance is being reduced to 100 feet.
Starkville will also allow the sale of beer with 8 percent alcohol content, up from the current 5 percent.
Restaurants and bars will be able to sell alcohol until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and midnight Sunday through Wednesday. The time now varies from 10 p.m. to midnight on different days of the week, or 1 a.m. if a Mississippi State University home football game is on a weekday.
The new rules, adopted over some opposition, are set to take effect in late October.