The message at the public hearing was clear: people in Walker County, Georgia, do not want alcohol to be sold close to places of worship.
That was the overwhelming sentiment at a recent Walker County hearing and it forced Commissioner Shannon Whitfield to make a change to a proposed amendment to the county's alcohol laws.
Over the holidays, the county sent out a notice of a public hearing for an ordinance amendment that would allow businesses to sell beer and wine within 300 feet of a church.
Whitfield said the amendment was introduced as a business-friendly change that would mirror a state law implemented a couple of years ago.
Walker County Economic Development Director Robert Wardlaw said the proposed change was made in large part after owners of the restaurant Five Points Farm House reached out and said they felt hampered by the county rule that prohibited them from selling alcohol.