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Avery Commissioners Hear Alcohol Debate PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 22:11

The crowd was large and the emotions swelled as the Avery County commission heard from the public over the issue of alcohol sales sought for the entire county.  Commissioners opened the hearing stating they would not make a decision last night, and gave the numbers:  that with 11,629 registered voters, 4,070 signatures would be needed to put the issue on a ballot.(Photos by Annie Rutenberg)

Then, of the 18 speakers set to make their points, nine were found to be in favor, nine against.  Bed & Breakfast owner Cleve Young started the comments off, calling for help for businesses like his, and said that the county needed the revenue—both for business and tax revenues. But minister Ron Green told the gathering that “values were more important than economics,” with the tone of the opposition more emotional, telling personal experiences and citing the Bible.  The commission may take up the matter in their next meeting if all the petitions are in order.Details in Wednesday's reports.




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