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Hardin County votes yes to expand alcohol sales

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ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - The votes are in and in Hardin County voters say they should be allowed to buy liquor to take home. In Elizabethtown, 60% voted yes. In Radcliff 60% voted yes, and in Vine Grove 59% voted yes.

Despite low voter turnout, the majority have spoken. It's been talked about and debated for years, and on Tuesday it was the only question on the ballot.

"This is the first time that those three cities have been wet in a wet/dry question since 1942," said Kenny Tabb, Hardin County Clerk.

Soon businesses will be able to apply for licenses to sell.  For Kevin Fow, manager of Danny's Tobacco in Etown, he says this decision was a long time coming.

"I think economically it will boost us," said Fow.

He says he's glad he will now have the choice to decide if he wants to sell alcohol in his store.

"At certain times of year, like Derby time, we have a lot of people from out of town that come in here and that's the first thing they ask," said Fow. "Where can I get beer and they look at you like, something is wrong with you, when you say about 12 miles that way."

Despite the results, many still stand behind their opinions. "I have nothing against drinking, I don't, but I do have feelings about how important the community is in keeping it safe," said Emma Harris, who voted no. "My husband is a police officer and I think he feels that it would difficult for him and for the other officers to keep the peace in the area with alcohol."

But for the majority, this vote is a step in the right direction.  "I think it is time," said Heather Brown, who is happy about the outcome. "Prohibition has been long gone and I'm not from somewhere where they have these limitations and the problems don't seem to be much different."

The Hardin County Clerk says realistically it will be about 90 days for stores to get their permits. Businesses can now submit their applications to the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.