Cadiz, Ky. – The citizens of Trigg County have said "Yes" to alcohol. It was a neck-and-neck race Tuesday won by 36 votes: 2,665 voting in favor of lifting prohibition, and 2,629 voting no. Jan Culwell of GrowTrigg, the organization that led the effort to put the measure on the ballot, admits the waiting got tense. Now that the wait is over, she's looking ahead to what this means for Trigg County.
Culwell: "We can have restaurants that can serve an alcoholic beverage with a dinner. And there's a lot more mark-up on a drink than there is on a plate of food. Businesses will follow. When you go to a very nice restaurant, you browse in the shops around, and you buy things. And so shops can begin to grow up."
Just over 51 percent of the county's registered voters turned out for the election. Trigg Citizens Against Alcohol president Reverend Robert McIntosh says he expected more people to come to the polls.
McIntosh: "I'm disappointed. But you know, the will of the people has been said, and spoken. And we're looking forward to the possibility of growth."
Before alcohol sales can begin, Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries and the Fiscal Court must establish the county's alcohol ordinances. They have 60 days to complete the process.
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