Local hangouts and police prepare for New Year’s Eve
by Rachael Griffin
rgriffin@annistonstar.com
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For many residents of Calhoun County, New Year’s Eve is a chance to spend a night out on the town. For local bars, restaurants, and law enforcement it’s another busy work night.

Ann Crossley, owner of the Smoking Moose Saloon on Noble Street in Anniston, puts a lot of thought into plans for her patrons to ring in the New Year. Crossley said the Smoking Moose will have two different parties throughout the night. The upstairs party will begin at 7 p.m. and feature country and soft rock music. The space downstairs, which Crossley compares to a nightclub, will start at 8 p.m. There will be a disc jockey, champagne, party favors and contests. The cover charge will vary depending on upstairs or downstairs preference and range from $30 per couple to $15 for a single ticket at the door.

The Smoking Moose will have extra security on standby for the night, Crossley said. However, she said it’s a precaution which usually isn’t needed. Crossley said one of the reasons the bar charges a cover all night is to keep people who are too drunk from entering in the wee hours of the morning.

Crossley said most people stay at her bar all night on New Year’s Eve. She said the bar does not have a scheduled closing time.

“The party goes until it’s over,” Crossley said.

Kristy Farmer, the manager and co-owner of The Peerless Saloon and Grille on West 10th Street in Anniston, said her bar and restaurant is perfect for people looking to celebrate locally. The Peerless Saloon will have drink specials, party favors, a complimentary midnight toast and a DJ. At 8 p.m. the cover charge is $5, after 10 p.m. it’s $10.

Farmer said the Peerless Grille will be serving a special New Year’s Eve dinner for two. The Grille will not be charging a cover and Farmer said that’s one of the draws for people to attend their festivities.

Farmer said New Year’s Eve is a busy night for both the bar and restaurant. Peerless usually prepares for 200 patrons to spend the evening partying.

Classic on Noble in Anniston will host an elegant New Year’s Eve party with music, regular and special menu items and a full bar. The downstairs event will cost $75 per person, which includes dinner. Upstairs will have regular menu pricing. Tammy Roberts, a manager, said the restaurant usually has a great turnout for the night.

“We look forward to a great party; it’s always a lot of fun,” Roberts said.

For local police, New Year’s Eve is a night where they caution to use common sense.

Anniston Police Chief Layton McGrady said historically the night hasn’t been a big problem for police.

McGrady said the Police Department will most likely have a few more officers patrolling than usual, to ensure everyone is celebrating safely.

“We’ll have as many officers as we can muster up that night,” McGrady said.

Oxford Police Lt. L.G. Owens said police usually get a few drunken calls after midnight.

“Normally it’s people that carry it to the extreme until 2 a.m.,” Owens said.

Owens said the biggest safety issue in Oxford is making sure people pay attention while celebrating with fireworks.

Owens said it’s a good thing for the Oxford area to be able to celebrate freely, but “with that comes a little responsibility,” Owens said. “People need to respect their neighbors and use common sense.”

Staff Writer Rachael Griffin: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RGriffin_Star.

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