- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) - Three southern Kentucky communities voted Tuesday to allow alcohol sales.

According to media reports, voters in Metcalfe County approved sales during local option elections as did voters in the cities of Williamsburg and Mayfield.

All nine precincts in Mayfield voted to allow package alcohol sales in the city limits. News outlets report that 58.35 percent of the 2,324 Mayfield residents who voted were in favor of the alcohol sales.

Mayfield’s vote came after Graves County voters turned down alcohol sales for the county in January.

Those who supported the measures said they hoped the votes would attract more business and tourism in each community.

In Metcalfe County, the measure passed by less than 200 votes, with 1,839 in favor and 1,658 against. Adam Harper told the Glasgow Daily Times that he thinks alcohol sales will benefit residents.

“It’s bound to bring more business into the county. Maybe some of these older buildings will get opened back up. It’s going to bring more stuff into this county instead of everything leaving,” he said.

In Williamsburg, the 448-241 vote to allow package sales comes just a few years after residents voted to allow restaurant sales.

Mayor Roddy Harrison, who started the petition to allow sales, said the vote allows the city to move forward.

Not everyone agreed. Don Bunch, who voted against sales, said he feared the worst.

“We don’t need to make it any easier for our young people to die in automobile accidents. Or innocent people,” Bunch said.

Phil Myers, chairman of Yes For Mayfield, says the Mayfield City Council will soon work on establishing ordinances setting the parameters in which liquor stores and beer sellers will operate.

Harold Humphrey, treasurer of the dry group Concerned Citizens for Graves County, says he hopes the city adopts strict regulations for establishments selling alcohol.

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