The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 7, 2013

City to Enforce Sweepstakes Ruling

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer
CNHI News Service

Monday, January 7, 2013 — While other cities across the state are weighing their options of enforcing the ruling on sweepstakes or video poker machines, the city of Albemarle will enforce the ruling as given by the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Assistant City Manager Michael Ferris and Police Chief William Halliburton both presented facts and research on what other municipalities across the region and state are doing after the N.C. Supreme Court ruled that video sweepstakes machines within the state are illegal.

Chief Halliburton recommended that he allow a period for owners of the sweepstakes parlors to be notified of the city's decision, and that all machines ruled to be illegal to be discontinued from use within the city. That letter, Halliburton said, will be sent out by Thursday, giving a deadline of next Wednesday, Jan. 17 for the owners to pull the machines out of their stores.

For more information on this story, see Tuesday's edition of the Stanly News & Press.