MURPHYSBORO — Hair and spa salon owners in Murphysboro can now sell beer and wine to their current customers, if they apply for and receive a new liquor license from the city

Murphysboro city council members voted 6 to 1 Tuesday night to amend the city ordinance on liquor licensing, creating a special S License. The cost for  that license is $525 a year.

Voting against the amendment was Alderman Dan Bratton; six other council members voted for it. Alderman John Erbes was acting a mayor pro tem and did not vote; council members Jance Curry-Witzman and Gloria Camps were absent for health reasons.

The request for the change came from Mike Davis, owner of The Art of Hair, who requested the license from the council at its last meeting.

Per the ordinance, the beer or wine can only be sold to people who are currently receiving services, at that time, from the establishment. The sales can be made between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The council also decided to send Mark Tincher, who works with the police department as its animal control officer, to drone school for FAA certification. Once he is certified, the city plans to use Tincher, a drone hobbyist, to direct the drone to take images and record video of city property, such as roof work needing attention.

Council members also plan to continue their discussion, at a future meeting, about the liability for removing water-main pipes at the 23rd Street train trestle bridge.


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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