Another city to consider packaged alcohol sales

By: Greg Robinson Email
By: Greg Robinson Email

London will now join the ranks of other eastern Kentucky cities that are one step closer to selling packaged alcohol.

While there is still some time before the city could see a special election, it’s already causing controversy.

The three London businessmen who wanted to see package alcohol sales are a little bit closer to achieving their goal. They turned in 250 more signed petitions than needed to have a special election in the city.

The men and their families named the campaign “Yes for Economic Success 2012” and while they haven't seen much opposition yet ... It's starting to create controversy.

But Y.E.S. Suggests that the sale of alcohol would only cut-down on the already illegal sale of drugs and alcohol.

“I've got children, I don't want my children going to some illegal bootlegger where they are offered pills and offered meth,” Hunter Payne said.

But that still isn't sitting well with those who don't want to see the sale of alcohol in their town.

“The destructive nature on homes and families and especially children, I don’t see why people would want something like that in our county,” Pastor Harlan Avera said.

Something the city of London will have to decide if the more than 700 signed petitions are verified and there is a wet/dry vote.

If all those signatures are verified, then the rest of London will have its opportunity to give an opinion early this March when there is a special election.

The cities of Corbin and Barbourville are expected to vote on the sale of packaged alcohol in mid-February.

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