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4/9/2013 2:12:00 PM
Palestine board extends store's alcohol hours
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Casey's General Store in Palestine was granted extended hours to sell alcohol by the Palestine Village Board at Thursday's meeting.

Representatives from Casey's were at the meeting to explain that they will soon be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning April 21.

They hope to capture more business from people getting off work from area factories' overnight shifts, rather than those people stopping at other stores before returning to Palestine.

They said they looked at sales from the Newton Casey['s store, which recently extended its hours and had seen a significant increase in revenues.

Beer and wine sales will now be from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. each day except Sunday.

In other business, the board approved a resolution to sell the old landfill and will have the property appraised and will then advertise for bids. All bids will be required to be 80 percent of the appraised value. The board is also preparing to buy property for a new business in the village.

The board was introduced to new Palestine patrolman Josh Green, who was sworn in during the meeting. Green has worked on the police force in Sumner and Bridgeport and will soon begin working with Palestine's new Chief of Police, Jeff Besing.

Also, the board approved the purchase of new software at a cost of $1,800, which includes a $250 maintenance fee for the first year, for the police department. The new software will help the department keep better track of the people it has contact with.

Besing told the board he is getting lots of cooperation from the Robinson Police Department and the Crawford County Sheriff's Department in establishing the new database for Palestine.

The board also approved a request from Nicole Martin from Red Queen to close a half block of West Grand Prairie Street from Main Street to the alley for the Spring Fling, which is being held at the Fife Opera House. The board also approved a request for the 2013 Wine and Arts Festival Oct. 5-6.

Palestine Mayor Pat Schofield reminded residents of the village's spring cleanup on April 17 for all Republic customers who are current on their bills.

Besing also reminded residents that with the warmer weather comes an increase in people out walking, so his department will be paying closer attention to speed zones and reminded motorists to slow down.

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