Winder's Lazy Daze festival, alcohol an issue

WINDER -- Winder's popular Lazy Daze festival, scheduled for July 16, has city staff and local residents excited about another fun- and music-filled day in the city. This year's theme, "The Great American Rock and Roll Revival," promises a twist contest, an Elvis tribute artist and other acts sure to please revelers.

On Tuesday evening, city council members voted 3-2 to approve the sale of beer and wine at the festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Councilmen Sonny Morris and Bob Dixon opposed the measure.

"I think we're sending a bad message, allowing people to walk around with alcoholic beverages. I think we're asking for trouble, myabe not this year and maybe not the next, but it's coming," Dixon said.

Councilman David Maynard said that though he doesn't drink alcohol, he does not expect the city to enforce his morals.

"I don't think it's our job to legislate morals," Maynard added before the vote.

Dixon credited his opposition to the number of children that attend the festival as well as drivers leaving the festival under the influence of alcohol.

Poetry contest winners announced

The winners of Winder's 2011 Poetry Contest were recognized during Tuesday's council meeting. They are:

18 and Under Category:

1st place Cheyenne Pourron - "Grandmas"

19 and Over Category:

1st place Paula Udell - "Good Night"

2nd place Elaine Watson - "The Silent Tongue"

3rd place Ramona Allen - "The Church"

Winder voters to decide Sunday sales

City leaders chose Tuesday to let voters decide on Nov. 8 whether to allow package sales of alcohol by retailers. If the measure passes, Sun., Nov. 13 will be the first day the new law will go into effect.

Budget, millage rate adopted

The 2011-2012 city budget was adopted Tuesday evening, and a millage rate of 0 was adopted after a property tax rollback. The millage rate in Winder has remained the same since 1978.