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Russell County votes to allow sale of alcoholic beverages

by Larry Smith
92.7 The Wave and 99.9 The Big Dog

"Prohibition is over in Russell County."

Heavy support from Jamestown and the lake precincts helped to sway the historic vote. The final tally was 3833 in favor of allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages in Russell County, to 3423 against, a margin of 410 votes.

Precinct reporting started off strong on a positive note for the wet side, however, it got closer and closer as the dry side tally began to shape up. At one point in the last few precinct reports it appeared there could have been a 100-vote shortage for the wets. Unless there are changes in the official count, Russell County will be wet.

This story was posted on 2016-01-19 18:45:25
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Russell County Courthouse, as Wet/Dry precinct reports come in

2016-01-19 - Jamestown, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
When this photo was taken just past 6pmCT, polls had just closed and Russell Countians were awaiting the count which would tell if they would stay dry or if they would allow the sale of alcohol. Later results poured in and the results were known in about 40 minutes -- by a count of just over 400 votes, Russell County goes wet! - LW

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