ANNISTON,Ala (WIAT) – The Anniston Elks Lodge No. 189 could lose it’s charity bingo license if the Calhoun County Bingo Regulatory Commission votes to revoke it.
This comes after the bingo commission received a complaint about the bingo parlor in light of a recently passed amendment that bans all bingo parlors from operating within 1,000 yards of residence. County officials say the amendment was originally in response to the Big Hit Bingo in Ohatchee that opened up on a residential street in 2016. Calhoun County deputies closed the Big Hit Bingo opening day.
The county bingo regulatory board says the Anniston Elks Lodge bingo license is now at risk because it’s current location violates the amendment voted on in November.
Barbara Gann is the bingo chairwoman at the Elks Lodge. Gann says the lodge has given to countless charities over the years with money made from bingo.
“If we don’t have the bingo we’re not going to be able to give as much as we do now.” said Gann.
The county bingo regulatory commission will meet Thursday evening to discuss the Elk Lodge bingo license. Gann and other members plan to attend the event. Gann says if their license is revoked, the Lodge will contact state representatives in hopes of changing the amendment or passing a new one.