- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina city has rejected the idea of early Sunday alcohol sales.

Local media outlets report the Board of Aldermen in New Bern entertained a motion to adopt the measure during its meeting on Tuesday. The city tweeted Alderman Jeffrey Odham made a motion the motion, but no one offered to second it and there was no vote.

Opponents of the proposal said it would deter people from going to church.

The Raleigh City Council voted last Wednesday for an ordinance allowing local Alcoholic Beverage Control permit holders to serve drinks at 10 a.m. instead of noon. Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen passed a similar ordinance last week. The changes by the two municipalities began last weekend.

Atlantic Beach and Surf City have also adopted early Sunday alcohol sales.

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