Battle to Ban Bars in Cedar Grove

By: Will Jones Email
By: Will Jones Email

Right now there are no bars in Cedar Grove and voters there will head to polls Tuesday to decide whether or not to keep it that way.

The last drink served in Cedar Grove was two years ago and now there are no bars in Cedar Grove, but that is not stopping the battle to ban bars.

“This bar has been a hot bed for drug activity, prostitution, caused theft and all types of violence,” Whitney Burdette from New Life Center Church said, “If the bar is out of here, the community will be better.”

“I don't want to raise my kids here and have the see a bar and see people come out of a bar wasted,” Mayor of Cedar Grove Ken Barton said, “I don't want to see this happen to my community. I love this town.”

Back in October, New Family Life Center Church members began circulating a petition to ban bars in Cedar Grove. Now voters will have a chance to put it into law.

“If they want to have a good time, that's fine-- go to Charleston,” resident Joseph Kuwik said.

“I am in favor of bringing any business to West Virginia, regardless of what kind it is,” resident Andy Cottrell said.

Whatever is decided in the voting booth, some said there still won't be any bars in Cedar Grove.

“I don't look for the bar to reopen if this amendment fails because the profit they use to make on the bars, they just don't make anymore,” Mayor Barton said.

This vote may not change reality, but it could end the possibility of any place like this from ever being open for business again in Cedar Grove.

It won't stop the sale of alcohol at any other businesses, however.

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