Western Kentucky voters opt to have Marion stay dry

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After Tuesday's vote, larger restaurants in Berea will now be able to sell alcoholic beverages with food.

MARION, Ky. (AP) – By a margin of 53 votes, Marion residents have opted to keep their city dry.

Residents of the western Kentucky city voted 298 to 245 during a special election Tuesday against legalizing by-the-drink alcohol sales.

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The election marked the first time in 15 years that Crittenden County residents expressed their opinion on alcohol sales. The county has been dry since 1936.

Because the referendum would have legalized alcohol sales only in the city, voting was restricted to the 2,172 eligible voters living within the city.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

 

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