Three cities will have similar alcohol votes

Three cities across the coverage area are set to have similar alcohol votes.

In one of those cities, a mayor is publicly supporting expanding sales.

Whitesburg is technically not a dry town but it is not wet either and even though next Tuesday's vote will do little to change that folks will be watching the results closely.

Five years ago, people In Whitesburg voted to make the town moist, meaning restaurants could sell alcohol as long as their ratio of food-to-alcohol sales stayed at 70-30. Now the voters will decide whether to give city council the power to lower that requirement to 50-50.

“The people I've talked to are overwhelmingly in favor of it. As a matter of fact, I have not had anyone tell me that they weren't going to vote for it. But I'm sure they're out there somewhere,” Mayor James Wiley Craft said.

Even if voters okay the measure, stores and gas stations will still have to get the approval of city council before selling packaged liquor.

“Whitesburg's population is very forward-thinking. They understand the importance of what we're doing. We're not doing it just to turn Whitesburg into sin city,” Mayor Craft said.

Other cities having alcohol votes next Tuesday include Pineville and Somerset.

We did run into folks that opposed the vote. All declined to comment on camera.

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