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Texarkana, TX city council discusses winery's proximity to high school Monday

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The name is not listed on Summerhill Square's sign, but Red Road Winery is located in the shopping center. It moved in back in April.

"This particular location was perfect," said Terry Willett, the winery's general manager. "It already had ongoing businesses. Summerhill Square is a staple in the Texarkana community. It's been here forever... All of the requirements: the size, the cost , just everything. It was the perfect fit.

Sitting directly across the street from the shopping center is Texas High School, and that location has caused some to question city leaders.

"We actually had several citizens that expressed concern about the winery being in close proximity to the school," said Dr. Brian Matthews, Texarkana, TX council member. "Probably not understanding the law or what the ordinance was for the state of Texas with a winery located so close to the school."

Texas state law allows the winery to be 300 feet from the school. The location of the Red Road Winery is beyond that limit by just a matter of yards.

"The boundary line from Texas High School to our front door is 360 feet.

And that 60 foot difference, just over half a football field, is enough to keep Red Road Winery in the game.

Even though Bowie County is a dry county, the state legislature allowed wineries to sell Texan wines back in 2005. Red Road Winery sells wines from Red Road Vineyard in Naples, TX. and only other brands made in Texas.

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