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April 1, 2013

Murchison to vote on liquor sales

Another Henderson County city will vote on selling alcohol

Athens — The City of Murchison can become the latest Henderson County municipality to approve the sale of liquor when the issue comes up for a vote May 11.

The city, which voted no in a local option election in November, 2011, will decide whether to approve the sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise use only. In 2011, the issue failed 82 to 53.

Early balloting in the election begins April 29.

Proponents of the election are seeking more revenue for the city of about 600 residents.  The petition is to call the 2011 election, which gained 52 signatures, two more than the number required, and were again successful this year.

A few of Henderson County’s cities and towns remain dry, but several have switched to allow liquor sales as of March, 2013. In addition to Murchison, the county municipalities that remain dry are Brownsboro, Enchanted Oaks, Eustace, Moore Station, Poynor and Star Harbor.

In November, 2012, wet-dry elections were held in Chandler, Malakoff and Trinidad. Chandler voted to approve mixed beverages in restaurants, as well as beer and wine, off premise. 

Malakoff voted to allow the sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only, while Trinidad elected to allow the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption.

According to a Los Angeles Times story, since 2003, East Texas residents mounted 601 elections to legalize alcohol sales. Of those, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission reports that 77 percent succeeded.

The TABC lists only 22 of the state's 254 counties as completely dry. All of the counties in northeast Texas are partially wet, except for Panola County, which remains dry.

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