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Two cited under social host ordinance

A fairly new Washington County ordinance addressing adults, who provide a place for minors to drink alcohol has yielded two citations. County Attorney Barb Edmondson says Gary Don and Mary Lou Miller, both age 38, of Wellman were issued civil citations last month for knowingly permitting underage drinking on their premises. The social host ordinance was passed by the board of supervisors last year. Edmondson says it’s aimed at “party houses” where adults host parties for underage drinkers, but may not directly supply the alcohol. Edmondson also says these are the first prosecutions under the ordinance.