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June 21--  Last November Toombs County voters approved the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages in the county and this month the Toombs County Commission passed a county alcohol ordinance authorizing Sunday sales starting July 1.  Convenience stores and restaurants in the unincorporated parts of the county may sell alcoholic beverages starting at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

The county law regarding Sunday sales is the same as those adopted earlier by city councils in Vidalia and Lyons, according to County Manager John Jones.

Jones informed commissioners that Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax collections for the year are up 9% and county operating costs are 3% under budget for the first five months of the year.  He's also hopeful the county's subsidy of the 911 Center will decrease this year due to an increase in collection of 911 user fees.

In actions at its June meeting:

*  The Commission reappointed Danny Foshee to the Toombs County Hospital Authority and named Gray Meredith to succeed Sam Polk and Celeste Robison to replace Marsha Moore.

* The Beattyville, Kentucky firm of Kellwell Food Management was awarded a contract to provide food service at the Toombs County Detention Center for a cost of just under $2 per meal.

* A contract was renewed with Corporate Health Partners to provide wellness services to county employees.

* The Commission expects state approval soon of its plan to develop an additional 40 acres at the county commercial and demolition landfill.

* Preparations are underway for the 2020 U.S. Census which starts April 1.