Chattahoochee Chatter: Know the 'rule' before buying liquor in Georgia on Sunday

February 13, 2013 

Call it the "church rule."

While Sunday alcohol sales have been going on for over two months, some still aren't familiar with the rules.

A Ledger-Enquirer employee went to purchase a bottle of white wine around 11 a.m. Sunday from Publix on Macon Road. The clerk apologized and said they couldn't sell alcohol until "church got out."

Hmmm …

After questioning the clerk about the different times churches finish, she clarified her statement, saying they are not allowed to sell alcohol until 12:30 p.m.

Across town another employee witnessed a man try to order a beer at Logan's Roadhouse about 10 minutes before time.

Not so fast, my friend.

It's only lawful to order your Bloody Marys after you've sat through two hours of church.

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Hopefully the Aflac duck's medical saga has nothing to do with Sunday alcohol sales, but we still have our suspicions as the second of three commercials debuted on -- you guessed it -- Sunday.

In the latest commercial, the injured spokesduck for the Columbus-based supplemental insurance company is lying in a hospital bed, receiving a checkup from a doctor accompanied by medical interns. The ad, titled "Rounds," made its debut during The Grammy Awards.

It follows the first commercial called "Press Conference," which injected a bit of mystery and concern with a doctor explaining the winged creature was now hospitalized. But the doctor declined to go into detail, presumably because of health-care privacy laws.

Aflac marketing chief Michael Zuna says the first commercial received healthy views on YouTube and plenty of visits to GetWellDuck.com. Consumers also are urged to visit Aflac.com to check out a cost calculator for what various illnesses and injuries could cost someone, thus the necessity for extra medical insurance.

The third ad is now waiting in the wings. We presume -- and hope, of course -- that it will show the famed duck checking out of the hospital and moving on with his life, which is primarily keeping the Aflac brand strong and helping to fuel sales and stock dividends.

With that in mind, we're certain here in Chatterland that the company's investors and employees are sitting on pins and needles, hoping for the best.

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Hopefully you and yours aren't in the hospital this Valentine's Day. If you're able to get around, these final two Chatter items are some good things to check out.

You can see a handwritten and signed note from Winston Churchill on display in the genealogy and local history department at the Columbus Public Library, thanks to a gift from Ila Hamburger.

The note from the British prime minister is on official stationery from 10 Downing Street and dated Nov. 30, 1951 -- actually 30 November 1951, because that's the way folks write the date across the pond.

Churchill wrote Hamburger's mother to thank her for "your kind wishes" on his birthday. Hamburger's mother shared the Nov. 30 birth date with Churchill.

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If it has been awhile since you visited the History Gallery at the Columbus Museum, you might want to check it out.

In January, the museum's design department re-installed the Fort Benning tent.

The work made an already impressive display brighter.

Graphics and artifacts were added and a TV was installed that features a video about Columbus in World War II.

According to a report presented to the Muscogee County School Board, the floor map of the Chattahoochee Valley has also been redone.

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