- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Poplarville officials have drawn up rules for the sale of beer and light wine approved by city voters in March.

The Picayune Item reports (http://bit.ly/1lKjpOH ) the ordinance approved by the board of aldermen will prohibit the sale of beer and light wine from midnight through 7 a.m. the following day for each day of the week, with the exclusion of Christmas and Easter.

Under the special events section of the ordinance, there is an option for event sponsors to choose whether to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages. Proper licensing must be acquired, even in temporary situations.

Open containers can be permitted at outdoor events such as festivals, street fairs, craft fairs and bazaars, as long it is in a designated area.

More than 70 percent of Poplarville voters approved the sale of beer in the March election. Poplarville had been dry since the town was created in 1886. Officials said the election was the first time in more than 30 years that this issue has been voted on in Poplarville.

A similar referendum passed in Picayune in 2011. However, Pearl River County is still a dry county.

Alderman Randy Brown said whether people like it or not, the ordinance is a milestone for Poplarville and he believes there will be economic gain.

“I think overall it worked out good,” Brown said. “I think we have a bright future and we have strong controls in place.”

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Information from: Picayune Item, http://www.picayuneitem.com