February 21, 2016
Using your State issued car for personal business, having wild parties and loud music until after 2 in the morning, and having liquor illegally on the premises doesn’t seem to matter when you work for the system.
The owner, Wanda Barron, of Cora’s Bar & Grill on Hwy 142 near Farrar, has pleaded no contest to “purchasing alcohol from other than a licensed wholesaler.” Sources tell us there was also hard liquor on the premises illegally, which Ms. Barron seems to confirm in her Facebook post not long after ATF visited her bar.
Cora’s Bar & Grill had a beer and wine pouring license; however, advertisements for parties at the bar indicated there would be hard liquor—month after month.
Sources tell us that Wanda Barron is a Supervisor at Juvenile Justice for Morgan and Jasper Counties; therefore, it appears she has a direct working relationship with Jasper County Deputies involving Juveniles. Despite numerous complaints and calls to 911, not one citation was ever issued to Cora’s Bar & Grill. Why?
It appears Ms. Barron also used her state issued car for business. Residents in the area tell TWG they saw her unloading beer from the trunk of her State car. Pictures sent to TWG show her checking the mail in her State issued car.
On October 31, 2015, a Georgia Department of Revenue ATF Agent entered and cited Cora’s Bar and Grill for violations of her alcohol license.
Posters for Cora’s Bar & Grill show that liquor was being advertised for months before the Halloween “visit”. Late night into early morning parties and loud music continued after Halloween. Was the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department unaware of the illegal liquor at the bar?
The DOR-ATF did not cite Ms. Barron for having hard liquor illegally. Why? She was allowed to plead no contest and pay a $250 fine to a lesser offense of “purchasing alcohol from other than a licensed wholesaler.” Was Ms. Barron cited for a lesser offense because she works within the law enforcement system?
On January 15, 2016, Ms. Barron withdrew her application for Cora’s Bar & Grill 2016 license, and Jasper County refunded her money.
Now Bennett’s Cove, which has been participating in the same type activity, wants to re-write the Jasper County code to have “special events” in the Agriculture districts. Why would anyone think the code would be enforced? Loud music all night along, wild parties, advertisements for free liquor, and numerous complaints by the neighbors have resulted in zero citations for the past year at Bennett’s Cove.
There will be a hearing on the proposed text/code amendment this Thursday, February 25 at 7:00PM in the BOC meeting room. Make plans to attend now if you think the Agriculture districts need to stay that way; otherwise, a “special event” may be coming next door to you!
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