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(Neb)-Whiteclay Liquor License Hearings Today In Rushville  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/05/2017 09:21 AM
RUSHVILLE - The Sheridan County Commissioners are holding public hearings today in Rushville on the liquor licenses of the four stores that sell beer in Whiteclay.

      The hearings begin at 11:00 at the American Legion Hall, directly south of the County Courthouse.

      The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission last fall ordered that instead of simple renewals, the Arrowhead Inn, State Line Liquor, D&S Pioneer Service and Jumping Eagle Inn would have to reapply for their liquor licenses.

      Each of the four businesses is getting its own 50-minute hearing with the sessions to start at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00, and 3:00.

     County Commissioner Jim Krotz says with each hearing limited to 50-minutes, how long any individual will be allowed to speak will depend on the number who sign up to present testimony.


The Liquor Commission action came after Sheridan County Commissioner Jack Andersen told a legislative hearing on Whiteclay that "we absolutely do not" have enough resources for proper policing in the unincorporated community adjacent to the Pine Ridge Reservation, where alcohol is banned.

       Andersen says he's skeptical about the push to close the stores and while he will consider today's testimony, he doesn't believe ending beer sales in Whiteclay will address the alcohol-related problems plaguing residents of the reservation.
      The county commissioners, who aren't expected to issue a decision today, don't have the final say on the liquor licenses. That rests with the Liquor Control Commission, but the state panel gives serious consideration to local recommendations on license requests.

      The Liquor Control Commission will almost certainly wind up holding hearings itself regardless of what the county recommends because the license holders or 3 or more citizens can ask for one if the recommendation, depending on which way the county decision goes.


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