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      Pampa allows alcohol to be sold on Sundays

      D uring Pampa's May elections, residents petitioned to have liquor by the drink placed on voter ballots. By a landslide, Pampa citizens voted in favor of the measure. As a follow up, city commissioners felt the timing was right to make additional changes to city ordinances.

      " O ur city commission wanted to repeal an ordinance we've had in place for year s that prohibited the sale of alcohol on Sunday," said Assistant City Manager Shane Stokes. "At Tuesday's meeting they passed on a second reading the repeal of that ordinance."

      According to Stokes, consumption of alcohol will still be limited to restaurants and bars. Retail stores will be permitted to sell alcohol beginning June 30.

      C ity leaders are hopeful that they'll also see changes in the economy and an increase in businesses moving to the area.

      " W ith the projects we have going right now it's kind of an enhancement to our local economy that will help keep people here locally ," said Pampa EDC Executive Director Clay Rice. "W e believe that we will see additional businesses open here in Pampa."

      Stokes said the city should see some changes as well.

      "economically I think it will help just because the retail stores that have not been able to sell on Sunday will now be able to sell that beer and wine , which will increase their revenues and increase tax dollars toward the city."