The city of Hogansville voted to allow sales of alcohol on Sunday, making it the third and final city in Troup County to allow the sales.
The measure passed 697 to 412 for sales by the drink in restaurants and 700 to 398 for package sales in retail stores, according to unofficial results.
The city of West Point voted to allow Sunday sales of alcohol last November. LaGrange voted for Sunday sales in March. The Troup County Commission has yet to allow a measure on the ballot to allow sales in the county.
Last year, the General Assembly ended years-long debate of whether to allow Sunday sales by passing it off to local governments to decide. Each city council and county commission was given the right to put the measure to a vote.
Not only are sales allowed in LaGrange and West Point, towns to the north of Hogansville like Grantville and Newnan also allow sales.
Retailers in Hogansville said the “island” created by not having Sunday sales in the city meant they lost business, particularly weekend traffic headed to West Point Lake.
“This is a win-win for the city and the residents and the retailers,” said Sammy Kazmi, manager of Love’s Travel Stop. He wasn’t surprised with the margin of the vote, he said.
“I talked to a lot of people and they were 100 percent for it,” he said.
As they have done with each previous vote, local religious leaders protested the measure and urged residents to vote no.
“I’m disappointed but not surprised,” said Aaron McCollough, associational missionary for the Troup Baptist Association and, coincidentally, a resident of Hogansville.
“It seems like people won’t be satisfied until all the restraints are off,” he said.
The sales will not begin immediately. Hogansville City Council will have to vote to change its ordinance to allow Sunday sales and it will take two “readings” at two separate council meetings of the revised ordinance. The next regular meeting in Hogansville is Nov. 19 and that’s the first time it could be taken up. The soonest Sunday sales could be allowed in Hogansville is Dec. 9.