Fort Valley council deals with liquor-related issues

FORT VALLEY — City Council approved two liquor-related measures Thursday.

The council approved a liquor license for G-Que of Sports, a pool hall located at 112 Lowe St. Fort Valley resident Gregory Ross, the owner of the bar, petitioned for the license March 4.

“I don’t go into a sports bar, but they have a right to exist,” Fort Valley Mayor John E. Stumbo said.

The motion was approved unanimously, but was not without controversy. A handwritten petition from the Peach County Historical Society, signed by 14 residents, urged the council not to approve the liquor license.

“I can remember when I was a little girl, we had a pool hall on the main street,” Council Member Beth Collins said. “I’m sorry they are against it. But personally, I don’t drink beer, but it’s not against the law.”

In other business, also related to alcohol, the City Council approved a change to the city’s ordinance prohibiting the sale of alcohol within 300 feet of a school, which has previously been interpreted as including Fort Valley State University.

Council decided it needed to act as Fort Valley State continues to expand its property.

The city’s code now explicitly states that “for the purposes of this section, school does not include college or university.”

G-Que is not located within 300 feet of the university.

The council also approved two city-funded scholarships for Peach County High School students who soon will be attending Fort Valley State University.

The scholarships are for $1,000 per student, funded by the city’s Utility Commission.

To contact writer Thomas L. Day, call 744-4489.