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Orangeburg County moving to closing bars earlier

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Orangeburg County is moving to closing bars earlier in an effort to prevent violence at nightspots.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg  reports that the county council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance that would require all establishments serving alcohol to close between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

The ordinance says numerous serious crimes occur around bars during those hours, endangering not only patrons but law enforcement officers.

Violators could be fined $500 and face imprisonment. Each day an establishment is open illegally would constitute a separate offense. The ordinance would apply only in unincorporated areas of the county.


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