Grayson's Upcoming Wet/Dry Vote Splits Town

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 6/04/2013 6:20 pm
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Grayson has a wet/dry vote scheduled for June 11th.  How people plan to vote depends on how they define progress. 

The "Vote No" side says a dry Grayson will bring positive progress.  The "Vote Yes" side says bringing in alcohol means economic development.

The town expects a close vote.
"We sort of like our town the way it is," said Pastor Paul Schmidt, First Baptist Church.

"I'm just trying to make Grayson better man," said Keith Bays, who started the petition.

Bays says businesses will come into town if they can sell alcohol.

"The restaurants, the entertainment, the other things that, you know, that other areas have that we can't have, because we're dry," said Bays.

Alcohol wasn't always banned in Grayson.  We found a 1933 ordinance regulating beer sales, and an undated picture of a liquor store. 

Few people remember when alcohol was banned, but it was a while ago. 

Keith Bays believes it's time to overturn the ban, but one person he can't convince is his father.

"We just agree to disagree.  It's not, they're not gonna kick me out of the will, or anything for it, I don't think," said Bays.

Many of the churches in town want people to vote no.  Pastor Paul Schmidt's First Baptist Church has multiple signs outside.

"If there is a moral issue, I think it's the social justice issue that a handful of people make a pocketful of money, and everybody is left holding the tab," said Schmidt.

Both sides want a better future.

"I think we're progressing well," said Schmidt.

They just disagree how to get there.

"I'm trying to give people a reason to stay in Grayson instead of a reason to leave," said Bays.

The voters decide the way forward next week.
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