Eastern KY town passes liquor referendum

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Voters in Paintsville have approved alcohol sales in the southeastern Kentucky city.

Unofficial results show the issue was approved by 56 votes out
of 1,244 ballots cast on Tuesday.

Paintsville resident Danny Roberts said he's glad the town went
wet. Roberts said he doesn't drink alcohol, but is "in it for the revenue."

Paintsville went dry nearly 60 years ago.

Wallace R. Taylor was saddened by the referendum outcome, saying
Paintsville will lose what he called its "Mayberry-esque" quality.

Proponents hope allowing alcohol sales will lead to more
restaurants and other businesses coming into Paintsville. Opponents
hope to get the issue before voters again in three years.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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