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Chester VFW faces citation

The Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Chester appears to be in trouble with the state of West Virginia after being caught serving on site alcoholic beverages at their bar Friday night. Three staff and one patron apparently were on site, according to a West Virginia State Police official Thursday. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

CHESTER, W.Va. — Could a local social organization potentially lose its liquor license for allegedly violating state coronavirus orders? It depends on who you ask.

According to Sgt. C.J. Gibson of the West Virginia State Police, officers responded shortly after 8:43 p.m. Friday to the Chester Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6450 on Carolina Avenue for a complaint by the Hancock County Health Department.

Gibson said that three staff members and one patron were present in the building, where there allegedly was alcoholic beverages on the bar in violation of Gov.Jim Justice’s executive orders.

Order 2-20 prohibited “on-premises consumption to avoid unreasonable numbers from congregating” in bars and restaurants, while 9-20 ordered all non-essential businesses to “temporarily cease operations.”

While no one was individually charged for the violations as of Tuesday, there appears to be be pending action against the VFW’s liquor license by the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, according to Gibson, who is the commander for the WVSP detachment in Hancock County.

Calls were not returned from officials at either the WVACBA and county health department as of Thursday morning.

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