Voters in Pineville vote down expanded alcohol sales

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Update:

Pineville voters said no to packaged alcohol sales. The county clerk said voter turnout was 48 percent. Of that 48 percent, 357 people voted no, 230 people voted yes.

This means everything stays the same. Stores cannot sell alcohol, and bars and nightclubs are not allowed.

Those against the alcohol sales are pleased with the result.

"I want to thank the people of Pineville that voted. They saw what the vote was about, and it wasn't about economic prosperity. It was an opportunity to introduce another drug into our community and Southeast Kentucky, we have enough of that, and the people of Pineville spoke out and said we've had enough, we don't want it, and I just thank them for their work," said Ron Howard, Pastor at First Baptist Church in Pineville.

The people in favor of packaged alcohol sales who started the petition to get the special election did not comment.

This result does not affect the city's moist status. Voters approved restaurant only sales in 2005. The county clerk said restaurant alcohol sales are still allowed; however, no restaurants in Pineville currently sell alcohol.

Update:

Voters in Pineville decided by a vote of 357 to 230 not to expand alcohol sales.

Original Story:

The city of Pineville in Bell County is holding a special-election to determine if packaged alcohol sales should be allowed.

The polls opened at 6:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.

Precinct workers report a good turnout. Now people are waiting for the result.

All day voters in Pineville filed into the three precincts to vote either yes or no to the question, "Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Pineville, Kentucky?"

Pineville already allows alcohol sales in restaurants; however, none sell it. If this measure is approved, it would allow stores to sell packaged alcohol.

Supporters say it would boost the local economy.

"It would just help the county. Everybody goes to Virginia or Knoxville or the other counties to get it, so I just think it would be a good thing to put money back into Bell County," said Bill Dunn who supports alcohol sales.

Those against it say it would only cause problems.

"The prosperity that's promised by it is non-existent. It creates so many problems for families. We're concerned mainly with the safety of our children and our families and we think introducing another drug, alcohol, here in Pineville would be devastating thing to our community," said Ron Howard, Pastor at First Baptist Church.

Officials say if approved, the new measure could also allow bars in Pineville.

"I have two teenage kids and I don't want them seeing that or growing up around that," said Angie Cox who is against alcohol sales.

"I just think 97 percent of America is wet. It's time to move forward," said Larry Miller who supports alcohol sales.

City leaders did not take a public stance on the issue, and Mayor Sherwin Rader says they will do whatever the voters decide.


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