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Four districts in Greenup County go wet

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 10:01 PM EDT
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GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) - Since Greenup County prohibited alcohol sales in 1945, numerous attempts have been made to reverse that move.

Four districts succeeded three quarters of a century later.

“If you’re ever going to have a Scioto Ribber or a Texas Roadhouse, you have to be able to sell beer and wine,” Greenup County Judge-Executive Bobby Carpenter said.

Results from last week’s election were confirmed Tuesday. Voters approved alcohol sales in the communities of Greenup, Raceland, South Shore, and Hunnewell.

Jeremy Bates is the chair of the Greenup County committee for economic development.

“Without this, a chain restaurant will never come into Greenup County,” he said. “This is just a step in the financial growth of this area.”

He says this change will make their roads safer.

“Dry counties that are bordered by wet counties actually have higher rates of DUIs and alcohol-related accidents,” he said, “because ultimately people who are going to be irresponsible and drive drunk are going to do it, and I’d much rather they do it and it be 2 miles than 25 miles.”

The wet designation allows for alcohol sales at the River Bend Golf Club in Hunnewell.

“It will allow people to come here and drink if they want to, and we now have some control that we never had in the past,” club owner Harold Tussey said.

There’s no timeline yet on exactly when alcohol sales will start in those four locations. Bates say it might be a couple months.

The election results need to be certified by the Alcohol Beverage Control.

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