Petitions circulating for wet/dry vote in Pineville

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

One more eastern Kentucky city can be added to the list of those who could have a wet/dry vote in 2012.

Petitions are circulating around Pineville to allow businesses in the city to sell packaged alcohol.

"We have just under 100, and according to my calculations we are required to have somewhere between 70 and 75," said Billy Taylor who is the attorney for a Pineville businessman who wanted to start a petition in the city.

He says right now he is in the process of verifying the signatures to make sure they are all constitutionally qualified voters.

As with any wet/dry vote, there are people on both sides of the issue.

"I would be against it for religious, personal, and health reasons. It's probably not a good idea in our county," said Linda Shackelford.

"It will cut down on wrecks, cut down on the teenagers having the availability for it so I think it is a very good thing," said Felisha Matthews.

Pineville is currently a moist city, but this petition would allow grocery stores and convenience stores to sell packaged liquor.

Currently, the closest place to buy alcohol is in Tennessee or Virginia.

"That's a long ways to go for people who actually like to drink. You have to drive all the way there and gas money," said Matthews.

But Linda Shackelford says the pros do not outweigh the cons.

"It would benefit our economy in some ways, but in other ways it would be a deterrent because of the increase in drunk driving and drunk driving accidents," said Shackelford.

It's a controversial issue that voters may get to decide on later this year.

Attorney Billy Taylor says that it will probably be another one to two months before they turn in the petition to the county clerk.

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