LONDON, Ky. (WYMT)- Update 6:30 PM
The results are in, and it was a nailbiter. By the narrowest of margins, the alcohol sales at Crooked Creek Golf Course passed by one vote, 157 voting yes, 156 voting no. We will have local reaction and a complete report on the outcome of the election later tonight.
Original Story 6:00 PM
It’s an issue that always stirs emotion when it comes up to the ballot box, a wet-dry vote. Voters poured into to the Laurel County Fire Department since 6:00 Tuesday morning. 141 yes votes are needed from the London East precinct voters to allow the alcohol sales at Crooked Creek Golf Course. By talking to folks as they exit the polling place it seems to be a fairly equally divided issue.
Months ago officials at Crooked Creek Golf Course lobbied for the special election on Tuesday.
Bill Moore said, “I live at Crooked Creek, on the golf courses and as you know a lot of golf courses around here business is struggling.”
And now London East precinct voters will decide if the course can or cannot sell alcohol.
Moore went on to say, “I’m not a drinker but I just really think it would be advantageous to the community especially those of us that are home owners on Crooked Creek.”
But many are opposed to the sales.
Doris Philpot said, “I don’t like alcohol in the first place. And I’m concerned with the traffic that will be coming from the golf course.”
Charles Lewis said, “There’s so many kids and things out there they want to just make the golf course wet. Doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Many voters told us safety is their main concern.
Philpot went on to say, “I have grandchildren and great grandchildren on that road. We’ve been there for 50 years and we’d like for the community to stay that way.”
Lewis added, “People fly through there anyway in front of the golf course and we sure don’t need it out there.”
On the other side of the issue supporters say the sales will help the economy.
Logan Grigsby said, “People are going to do it either way, so if we can just bring a business that’s already getting money in our community.”
Bill Moore supports the vote saying, “It is something that can provide a little boost for the club. And maybe provide a few jobs for the community.”
There are divided voter opinions on a soon to be decided issue. The polls close at 6 and we will bring you results as soon as they become available.