- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

PELHAM, Ala. (AP) - Residents in one of Alabama’s most populous counties will decide whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales.

Shelby County is set to vote on the alcohol referendum during the primary election on March 1. The county is one of the largest in the state with more than 200,000 residents just south of Birmingham.

Baptist leader Joe Godfrey tells WBMA-TV (bit.ly/1UCcWXf) that the Alabama Citizens Action Program will work with area pastors to defeat the measure.

But business managers and some elected leaders say Sunday sales are needed to help generate revenue.

Pelham City Council President Rick Hayes says the lack of Sunday sales affects economic growth. And restaurant manager Jessica McKay of the Coal Yard in Helena says the venue could open for business on Sundays if voters approve the referendum.

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