alcohol beverage control

mccracken county fiscal court
7:57 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

McCracken County Will Consider Election Day Alcohol Sales

The McCracken County Fiscal Court will soon be deciding whether or not to keep a nearly century old law that prohibits the sale of alcohol from 6AM to 6PM on election days. 

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6:46 am
Mon October 14, 2013

ABC Cracking Down On Underage Drinking

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Kentucky officials say a crackdown on underage drinking has resulted in dozens of citations being handed out.

The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's "Cops in Shops" program has given 154 alcohol-related citations since the effort started August 29. A total of 94 underage possession citations have been issued.

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11:52 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Quarterly Alcohol Report Shows Increase in City Tax Revenue, DUIs

Quarterly profits from alcohol sales in Murray are going up as the city continues to fill the number of package stores the state permits.

Murray Police Sergeant Kendra Clere says the city’s 8 percent sales tax on alcohol has brought in almost $193,000 since January.

Clere told the City Council yesterday that DUIs and alcoholic intoxication charges have also risen, but says she expects those numbers with more officers working DUI calls.

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12:42 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Alcoholic Beverage Control Task Force Looking at "Non-Controversial" Issues

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A task force aimed at overhauling Kentucky's alcoholic-beverage regulations is intentionally avoiding larger issues. Task-force member Senator Jimmy Higdon says the panel wanted to have consensus on all proposed changes. He says the group didn't address  controversial alcohol laws like closing bars during elections and preventing alcohol sales in groceries while allowing them in drug stores.

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3:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Beer sales see rapid growth in Murray

Package sales of beer are skyrocketing in Murray, according to one of the region's largest distributors. Golden Eagle Distributing transports all Anheuser-Busch Products in the Purchase area. The company is already having to extend its sales routes to almost triple the amount of locations. Company president Mark Meisenheimer  says the company has never seen this large an increase in sales and expects business will only keep growing.

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7:13 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Kentucky Alcohol Law Task Force Meeting in Louisville

The Governor's Task Force on the Study of Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws is scheduled to meet in Louisville today. Chairman Bob Vance says the meeting allows the public to comment on issues involving licensing, local option elections, and public safety issues involving the sale of alcoholic beverages.

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3:55 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Murray Issues First Retail Alcohol Licenses

Murray’s Alcohol Beverage Control Administrator has issued the city’s first retail alcohol licenses. Sergeant Kendra Clere says two gas stations and a pharmacy received beer licenses today. Clere expects to issue more alcohol licenses this week as state ABC officials confirm more applications. However, package alcohol stores will likely not open for several more weeks because the process of reviewing those applications takes longer.

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2:47 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

City of Princeton Continues to Accept Alcohol License Applications

Individuals are filing alcohol license applications in Princeton. City Alcohol Beverage Control Administrator Brent Thompson says six convenience stores have applied for beer licenses, and one restaurant has put in a liquor-by-the-drink license application. Thompson’s also received four requests for package store licenses. State regulation limits the city to only two package stores. Thompson says state ABC officials will decide who gets a license.

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2:29 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

ABC Reviewing Murray Alcohol License Sites

Alcohol Beverage Control inspectors are evaluating locations in Murray that have applied for alcohol licenses. City ABC Administrator Sergeant Kendra Clere says the 30-day window for licenses closed last week. State quotas limit Murray to eight package liquor stores and seven taverns.

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1:08 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Confusion Over Future Liquor Sales Leads to Strange Partnerships

A recent ruling by a federal judge has turned Kentucky’'s liquor sales environment into a state of confusion.

The judge struck down Kentucky laws that prohibit liquor sales in grocery stores and gas stations, calling it unconstitutional. He has since decided to place that ruling  on hold to let Kentucky lawmakers see if they can write a better law.

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