Jenkins Goes Moist

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

Even as the ballots were returned to the county seat and the voting machines were wheeled in one by one, officials with the city of Jenkins knew that the people had voted yes, to have alcohol sales within city limits for the first time in decades.

"I'm excited. It's a victory for the city, and it's a victory for the people, it's a victory for the workers that work in the city, it's a victory for the school system, because it opens all kinds of opportunities that we normally would not have been able to achieve," said Mayor G.C. Kincer.

Kincer says the vote was never about the alcohol itself, but the door that it opens for businesses to come into the city.

"It was such a huge margin, two to one. And that pretty well speaks for, that speaks very loudly of what the desire of the people in the city of Jenkins have for the city that they live in," said Kincer.

He adds that property owners will also prosper, with land value potentially increasing because of new businesses coming to town.
The vote was a defeat however for church members in town.

"Sadly it's going to make our jobs more difficult. Because this means with alcohol actually being in town there's going to be more hospital visits, there's going to be more funerals," said Emmanuel Baptist Pastor Jeff Foster.

Foster says church leaders in Jenkins will not give up the fight to keep alcohol out of town.

"We're not done, ok? The encouragement to the church folks is don't quit," said Foster.

Foster says the last time the city of Jenkins had any kind of alcohol sales was in the forties, when the town was then considered wet.

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