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Fisher County To Vote For or Against Alcohol Proposition

Residents can vote for or against the right to sell alcohol or mixed beverages in Fisher County during November 5th election.
Residents can vote for or against the right to sell alcohol or mixed beverages in Fisher County during November 5th election.

Cecille Terry and her family proposed a plan that will allow the county with a population of approximately 3, 800 to sell alcohol or mixed drinks.

In order for the plan to reach Tuesday's ballot, the family needed to garner signatures. According to Terry, she needed ten signatures to sign up for a petition. Once that was a complete, the county asked to gather 476 signatures. Terry had 60 days to complete the task and at the end, she received 520 signatures.

According to Terry, this will help raise revenue for the county.

"This will allow residents of Fisher county to stay within limits instead of having to travel to cities such as Hamlin and Sweetwater and spend money," Terry said.

She adds that this will create business opportunities and create more jobs and traffic. She also feels this can reduce the problem of drinking and driving.

Other people oppose the idea and feel this can increase crime and underage drinking. In addition, residents have voiced their opinions on the newspaper and Facebook stating that the plan will not make a big change.

According to Fisher County judge Marshal Bennett, he can't predict whether or not revenue will make much of an impact. He also said it might not affect traffic. He feels the older generation are the ones who oppose the idea, but that it all comes down to personal preference.

A similar plan was proposed in 1968 but failed. Fisher is one out of thirteen counties in Texas that are dry (Texas has 254 counties in the state).

According to the county clerk, Fisher County had 240 early votes out of 2,770 registered voters.
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