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Paintsville Residents To Vote On Alcohol Sales

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

After executive review, people in one Eastern Kentucky city can now vote on allowing alcohol sales within city limits.

When it comes to making Paintsville a wet city, you can find many opinions.

"I've got very dear friends that are on both sides of the issue and I respect both their opinions," said Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter.

He says it is an issue that seems to pop up every 4 years. People living in Paintsville filed a petition to vote on the issue earlier last month, but not enough qualified signatures were on it. The petition was then re-filed with enough signatures and now qualifies for a vote.

Wilma Eldridge owns a restaurant downtown, and says she made sure she signed it.

"I know a lot of our people go to Prestonsburg to eat because they want a drink of wine whenever they eat," she said.

She and others say alcohol sales would provide revenue for the city.

"I don't see the point in sending tax dollars to other counties, if people's going to drink they're going to drink," said Bill Crothers.

However people like Vickie Case say she is concerned for her four grandchildren.

"I know in their future, when they come to driving, I don't want my grandchildren out drinking and driving and I don't want them to get hurt or hurt someone else," said Case.

Others say it will create more problems for law enforcement.

"I don't think you can support the laws that would be broken, to support the cops and the police from what little you'll get," said David Campbell.

"All I can suggest is that people vote their conscience and however it comes out, we'll deal with it," said Mayor Porter.

The people of Paintsville will be able to vote on the issue in a special election on June 9th.

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