Marshall County to stay dry? Residents prepare for July vote

YOUR Vote: Alcohol Sales

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — The local option election to decide if alcohol sales will be allowed in Marshall County is only two weeks away.

The Paducah Sun ( ) reports that activists on both sides of the issue are trying to get residents’ support before the July 28 election.

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Randy Newcomb, executive director of Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, says a recent study showed the current demand for alcohol in Marshall County would have a $3.9 million annual impact, if the sales were legalized.

Other Marshall County residents don’t think alcohol sales would have a positive net impact.

Keith Travis, chairman of the dry group Say No Now, says the social effects of selling alcohol would far outweigh potential economic benefits.

About 47.4 percent of county voters supported a similar measure in 2012.