SouthCarolinaFlagA Richland County Council proposal to do away with buffers that separate churches and bars in selected areas has angered some Columbia-area ministers, who are calling on their congregations to attend a hearing on the plan Tuesday.

The change would allow bars to open next door to congregations in some unincorporated areas if a majority of the 11 council members end the minimum 600-foot setback — slightly more than a tenth of a mile.
“It’s way out of order,” said the Rev. John Culp, pastor at Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church in the St. Andrews area, who met with neighborhood leaders about the plan last week. “To remove it is an outrage.”…

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