The Newton County Community Coalition – in conjunction with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks – will be hosting a Retail Training Course on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

There are two times available: 9 to 11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. at the Talkington Foundation, 209 N. Valley St., Neosho. It is necessary to only attend one of the two sessions.

“The purpose of training retailers that sell and / or serve to the community, particularly in the area of what to look for in regards to underage sales, the techniques to be used when looking at licenses, to look at fake ID,” said Jim Lowans, president of the Newton County Community Coalition – which is under the umbrella of Alliance of Southwest Missouri.

There is no charge for this event. Topics include state alcohol laws, checking IDs, detecting fake IDs, identifying minors, compliance checks and more.

The Neosho Daily News asked Lowans a couple of other questions on this upcoming event.

NDN: Why should a manager or their employees attend this class?
Lowans: I think that No. 1 is to be that their employees are aware of the laws concerning underage sales. The other, I think, is for them to be aware of what to look for, particularly, in a fake ID.

According to information provided, “the training is provided to educate you and your employees about preventing the sale of alcohol products to minors. If you are found guilty of doing this, you as the owner, may face up to: $1,000 fine per sale or license revocation (alcohol products); additional civil and/or criminal charges and your employee, or whoever made the sale, can face up to $1,000 fines and/or one year in jail (alcohol products).

NDN: Are you seeing more and more people selling alcohol to minors?
Lowans: I would say after the last three compliance checks that we have done, our averages have stayed about the same, which is roughly about 50-60 percent of compliance. In other words, 50-60 percent of the stores that we check pass, don’t sell to underage, but we still dealing with a 40 to 50 percent number that fail. We will continue to do compliance checks to try to monitor that.

For more information, call 312-2622.