Fifteen of 18 businesses were compliant with state liquor sales laws during a countywide sweep in December.
Eighteen Fulton County businesses were checked for illegal liquor sales by the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, with two businesses checked twice. The investigation resulted in 17 instances in which minors were denied the sale of alcohol and only three cases where minors were served alcohol.
Citations were issued to Friendship Food Store in Archbold (Beck Suppliers Inc.); Free Bird of Swanton; and Community Markets of Ohio in Delta.
Stores that were compliant are:
• Nu Arch Lanes and Archbold Main Stop in Archbold.
• Speedway; Harns Delta Kwik Stop; Country Corral and Heavens Carryout in Delta.
• Mel’s Tavern in Fayette.
• Hubs Tavern; Toledo 76 and Lassus Handy Dandy in Swanton.
• Circle K ( Fulton St.) and Circle K (N Shoop Ave.); Rite Aid; Courtview Mart; and Certified Oil in Wauseon.
In order to help retail establishments comply with Ohio’s laws, the county HC3 coalition works with OIU to bring the Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) Program to Fulton County. The voluntary training is provided at least yearly in Fulton County.
Two ASK training sessions are scheduled Feb. 13 in the Administration Building Conference room at 152 S. Fulton St. in Wauseon. Contact Lou Moody at 419/337-0915 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the free training.
According to the 2010 Fulton County Youth Health Assessment, teens who drink are four times more likely to have driven with a drinking driver; two times more likely to consider attempting suicide; 12 times more likely to have smoked marijuana in the past 12 months; and three and one-half times more likely to engage in any type of sexual behavior. Underage drinking is statistically associated with other risky behavior among teens in our county.