Lancaster Residents Vote Yes To Alcohol Sales

Nearly half the voters in Lancaster hit the polls to choose whether businesses can sell alcohol. The decision is yes.

The proposal was passed with 656 votes in favor to 550 opposed. Voter turnout ended up being nearly 50 percent, much higher than the turnout for the May Primary.

Liquor licenses are not be issued for at least 60 days following a verified vote.

Most religious groups in the city opposed the measure to allow alchohol sales in the town but some residents say it's not a moral issue, it's just business.

The goal of allowing the city to be "wet" is to bring in more revenue and hopefully spur an economy that is in need of a boost. Many local businesses have shut down in recent years. The hope for some is that if alcohol sales became legal, new businesses and more jobs might make their way back to the city.


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  • by Jerry Location: Corbin on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    @ Brandon....could you post some links about the 25 greatest and poorest counties? Just so I can repost in another forum....thanks.
  • by Brandon Location: Lancaster on Aug 25, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    1) Drunk driving does not go up in counties that go from dry to wet. So that is a ludicrous argument. 2) Yes, towns around us do have alcohol that we can drive to and get it...but why give them our money. Especially when alcohol is not only legal, but a right for anyone over 21. 3) Whoever said that the poorest counties in kentucky are wet is an idiot. The 25 greatest economic counties in KY are wet. The 25 poorest are dry. 4) Alcohol is not the answer to our economic woes, but it sure opens some doors for us to take advantage. 5)Whoever wanted the entire county to vote... you didn't vote because you don't pay city taxes and sewage and alcohol won't be sold in the county, only in the city. 6) You don't want your kids around it? What do you want to do? Keep them in this town for the rest of their life. what happens when they go to Lexington for school and binge drink to death because they were culture shocked. Grow up, bootleggers don't check ID's,businesses will.
  • by laura Location: lexington on Aug 22, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    If Garrard County's ecomony is so bad, maybe the federal government should considering legalizing hemp so the farmers in the area would have an actual imcome again. So much farm land is being sold in the area because of tobacco buyouts and developers are scooping them up for housing. As we all now the housing market is at rock bottom. So lets help the farmers re-energize the economy. Give them a viable crop again. Hemp can be regulated just as well as tobacco has been over the years. Big business/government is killing the working class people.
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Aug 22, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    Listen up you tea-totaling fools. It's not the alcohol; it's the person drinking the alcohol. If you're a jerk to begin with, alcohol only acts as an amplifier to show that you are a jerk. Alcohol can be used in a responsible manner. If the person CHOOSES not to use it that way, it is the PERSON'S fault, not alcohol's fault. This is all about choices. If you choose to drink it, you have the option to buy it. If you choose not to drink it, you have the option NOT to buy it. Everybody needs to quit pushing their morals on each other. Everybody has a choice and nobody is forced one way or the other.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2008 at 11:26 PM
    Wet or Dry? It doesn't really matter. People that live in dry counties just drive to the closest wet county to get their alcohol.
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Aug 21, 2008 at 12:33 PM
    So being able to drink is going to solve all of Lancaster's problems. I hate to be the one to inform you but your problems are just beginning.
  • by D Location: Lancaster on Aug 21, 2008 at 08:38 AM
    Sale Time! Sale Time!
  • by grumpy on Aug 21, 2008 at 04:34 AM
    going wet will not cause a person that dont drink to start but it will keep the money at home from the people that do drink I cant see any thing wrong with the county being wet most of the time the people that try to keep it dry are the bootleggers and preachers let people live and let live
  • by gmsg Location: foothills on Aug 21, 2008 at 03:53 AM
    I don't understand where people get that less drunks will be on the road around Lancaster, when they will be coming from everywhere to Lancaster. We will see if it is good or bad. I hope everyone is right and it will be a good thing, I just have my doubts.
  • by PV Location: Lancaster on Aug 20, 2008 at 12:11 PM
    It is about time!!! I would rather give my money to Lancaster (where I live) instead of giving it to Nicholasville or Lexington.

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