The Alpha Liquor Commission which includes all Village Board members, meets Wednesday to approve and sign a liquor license application — the village's first ever.

ALPHA — The village of Alpha was founded in 1872. The Village Board this week issued its first ever liquor license.
The Alpha Mart, Guraya Inc., submitted the application for the license for the sale of package liquor. The board and liquor commission approved the application after a November referendum resulted in village residents approving the sale of liquor by a vote of 236-94.
The $1,000 license was pro-rated at $325, until April, the end of the fiscal year for the village. At that time the application can be renewed at the annual fee, Mayor Dean Kernan explained.
The application included requirement of the applicant to be a U.S. Citizen, and approval of the license through the state of Illinois.
The Class B license for package liquor sales, allows sales during the Alpha Mart's business hours: 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Other restrictions and regulations apply, and there is a 30-day revocation of the license for any violation.
The application received unanimous approval by the Liquor Commission, comprised of board members and the mayor.

The Alpha Liquor Commission which includes all Village Board members, meets Wednesday to approve and sign a liquor license application — the village's first ever. Seated from left are Clerk Angie Spivey, Mayor Dean Kernan and Trustee Edna Mahalovich; and standing from left are Trustees Dennis Shannon, Tracy Peterson, Jason Lambin and Mike Petrovich. Absent was Trustee Ron Medley. SHERRIE TAYLOR/GateHouse Media Illinois