Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

November 1, 2012

Greenup will vote on alcohol sales in January

GREENUP — Voters in Greenup County will head to the polls next year to decide if alcohol sales will be allowed there again after a more than 65-year hiatus.

The local option election follows a successful petition drive to get the issue on the ballot. It was initiated in late summer by locals seeking to spur economic growth.

The election will be Jan. 22, according to Greenup County Judge-Executive Bobby Carpenter. He confirmed Wednesday afternoon the petition bore enough verified signatures to trigger a vote.

County Clerk Pat Hieneman and her staff worked to verify the signatures. Carpenter also asked for assistance from Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s office to determine if signatures submitted after the original petition was turned into officials could be used. The signatures were dated and the envelope was postmarked before the petition was submitted to county officials last week. Those were counted, according to Carpenter.

In all, about 1,650 signatures of registered Greenup County voters were verified from the more than 2,600 collected. According to state law, 25 percent of voters who cast ballots in the last general election had to sign the petition to trigger an election.  

“I shook 2,000 hands to get this done,” said Jeremy Bates, who spearheaded the petition drive sponsored by the loosely affiliated Greenup County Coalition for Economic Growth.  

“I kind of got a reborn belief in the American way. A small group of people, if they work hard enough, they can get stuff done,” Bates said.

“I want to seal the deal and bring a couple of nice restaurants here. I want something nice for people to eat. I want to focus on business. We want to keep moving forward. It is about making this place better.”

He said the coalition will meet today to determine how to move forward during the next several months.

There has been little vocal opposition to the vote to allow alcohol sales, and to date no organized groups have come out against the issue.

County officials are pledging to remain neutral.

“I’m staying out of it and my court is staying out of it,” Carpenter said. “From here on, it is up to the voters and the public.”

If the measure passes, Carpenter said, “I’m going to ask the (state) Alcohol Beverage Control office to send someone here to help us. We’ll do this thing correctly.”

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0723copshots1.JPG Focus on law enforcement

    Members of several local and regional law enforcement agencies hit the streets of downtown Ashland Tuesday armed with digital cameras and assignment sheets as they completed in-service photography instruction through the Department of Criminal Justice.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Obama admin. says health subsidies will continue

    A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

    July 22, 2014

  • State’s longest trail system turns 35

    The Sheltowee Trace was officially dedicated as part of the National Recreation Trail system in 1979. After 35 years, the trail remains Kentucky’s longest distance trail, estimated at 307 miles.
     

    July 21, 2014

  • Pancake releases new album

    The top of the Sky Tower in downtown Ashland was booming Saturday night with music from Larry Pancake’s new album “Fair Weather Friend.”
     

    July 21, 2014

  • Telephone scammer fleeces man of $5,000

    A telephone scammer claimed another area victim when a Williams Avenue man paid $5,000 after the con artist told him he had won a sweepstakes but had to pay taxes on the prize money before collecting it, according to Ashland Police Department reports.
     

    July 21, 2014

  • Murder defendant pleads guilty on lesser charge, sentenced to 8 years

    One of four charged with murder in a 2008 double killing pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday just before his trial was to start.

    July 21, 2014

  • MIA Rush Marine to rest in Arlington

    Finding Dottie McCoy’s uncle after 71 years was the biggest part of the struggle.

    July 21, 2014

  • Morehead gets Trail Town status

    It has been two and a half years in the making and it happens today.
    Morehead will officially be designated a Kentucky Trail Town following Dawson Springs and Livingston.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fallsburg’s traditional haunt attracts unique talents

    Brian Cassidy said there is no substitute for individual talent while tackling tasks ranging from sculpting a massive hillbilly to inventing paintball gun brackets capable of withstanding the pressures caused by an incoming zombie attack.

    July 21, 2014

  • Local in brief: 7/22/14

    The Kentucky Interagency Coordination Center on Sunday mobilized two fire crews to assist with firefighting efforts in the western United States.

    July 21, 2014