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March 23, 1964
Liquor Sales a ‘Back-Pocket Operation’
Collector William Winter said today that ‘pocket bootlegging’ is
apparently all that remains of the once-lucrative liquor trade in Alcorn
Winter’s office, which handles collection of the state’s
controversial ‘black market tax’ on liquor, showed that the county’s
single wholesale distributor has gone out of business since Sheriff S.C.
(Cletton) Wilbanks took office last year.
The number of
persons holding federal liquor retail licenses has declined from five to two,
although others may be selling on a small scale without licenses.
A field worker
in Winter’s office, who asked not to be identified, said retailers in
counties surrounding Alcorn, who once bought liquor from a wholesale house near
Corinth, are now buying in Lee County.
He said he had
learned from reliable sources that the Alcorn County liquor traffic is now
nothing more than a back-pocket operation that would be impossible to halt
practical purposes,: he said, “you could say that whisky just isn’t
being sold in Alcorn County any more.”
records, inspected last week by Sheriff Wilbanks while attending the
Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association meeting in Jackson, show that up until
the current fiscal year, a wholesale liquor house was operated just outside
Corinth by Howard Bunch, doing business as C&B Distributors. The wholesale
license was not renewed last June 30th when the old one expired.
are now held in Alcorn County by Jack Hathcock, the Shamrock; and Cecil
Lipford, Lipford’s Grocery.
not renewed include Robert L. Floyd, the Ranch House; W.O. Hathcock, Jr., owner
of the Plantation Club; Mr. Bunch; Clyde Timlake; and Hubbard King.
Selected as A Cotton Belle
Prather, senior at Booneville High School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Prather, has been selected as a Cotton Belle by the Memphis Cotton Carnival
participate in the Miss Dixie Belle contest Friday, in the Cotton Parade, May
13th and in the Grand Parade May 16th.
She is a member
of the FHA, school band, Pep Club, 4-H Council, Hi-Boone, annual staff and
Senior Girl Scout Troop 161. She is a former library assistant and Spanish Club
Vandalism Prompts Enforcement of Curfew in Selmer
Vandalism is on
the increase in Selmer, Tennessee, and city officials have served notice they
will begin strict enforcement on Selmer’s curfew law.
In the last few
days, street lights have been shot out-as many as 13 in one night; neon
advertising signs have been shot up and the glass tubing broken; and windows
have been broken all over Selmer.
The curfew law
reads: “It shall be unlawful for any minor, under the age of 18, to be
abroad at night after 11 p.m., unless upon a legitimate errand or accompanied
by a parent, guardian or other adult person having lawful custody of such
Home Destroyed by Fire
were called to a house in Biggersville Friday night after a neighboring
five-room brick house owned by Tom Johnson burned to the ground. The cause of
half-dozen items of furniture were saved from the Johnson house, but the
next-door Callie Armstrong house was unscathed. The Johnson house was insured.
Firemen are not
allowed to go farther than four miles beyond the Corinth corporate limits.
Forsyth, after a call from Mayor John D. Mercier and a further call from
Biggersville, dispatched a truck and three men to the scene, seven miles away,
about 7:30 p.m.
extinguished grass fires this weekend on the Everett Howell property on Highway
72 West at 1:08 p.m. Friday in East Acres off the Shiloh Road at 11:45 a.m.
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