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Dry area of Longview voted no to alcohol sales expansion

Dry area of Longview voted no to alcohol sales expansion

POSTED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 2:53pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 10:44am

With one exception, voters in every Longview district favored a May 11 ballot proposition to expand citywide the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption.

The lone holdout was the Greggton area, where District 1 voters narrowly turned thumbs down to the measure. It is one of the areas where such sales were prohibited.

Voters in the birthplace of Go West Longview and Longview United for Growth — the district where supporters of Proposition 1 said they first saw the need to expand alcohol sales — rejected the measure by seven votes, 247 to 240.

“For” votes in the district outweighed “against” votes 129-119 during early voting. But 126 votes against the measure on election day swung the district’s total against passage.

The campaign to pass Proposition 1 was initiated this past year after members of the grassroots group began questioning why an empty grocery building at the intersection of Loop 281 and Gilmer Road was unable to attract a new tenant. After study, members said the inability to offer alcohol for sale was a key factor, said Kimberly Fish, spokeswoman for Go West Longview.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal.

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This is ridiculous. There shouldn't be any limitations on where you can buy your beer and wine and the times and days the buisnesses are allowed to be open. They might say we no longer have blue laws but that's a bunch of b.s. Religious fundies still have way too much power in this here neck of the woods.

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