Quantcast

Ark-La-Tex In-Depth: Booze on the ballot - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Ark-La-Tex In-Depth: Booze on the ballot

Posted: Updated:
Nash, Texas -

It's been a highly debated issue for years in Northeast Texas.
    
Should you be able to purchase alcohol close to home?
    
With about 82 percent of the counties in the state being wet, more communities are following the trend.
    
Now Nash, Texas is taking a hard look at the issue.
    
Voters will decide this fall whether to sell alcohol within the city limits of Nash in Bowie County or still cross the state line into Arkansas for their spirit of choice.
    
City council members recently approved a petition to put the issue on this year's election ballot.
    
You may remember, propositions for the sale of alcohol in Texarkana, Texas, failed in 2006 and 2011.
    
Residents in Nash also voted against it in 2008.
    
While it was narrow margain, many people are still divided on the issue.   

"My main concern is them having wrecks and killing a whole lot of folks," said Mattie Martin, Nash resident.  

"People can drink more at home and don't have to travel as far, it would actually be a whole lot safer," said Michael Williams, Nash resident.
    
According to the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, there were 545 elections attempting to legalize alcohol sales in some form between 2004 and 2011, with a success rate of 77 percent.
    
During that same period, only two communities voted to prohibit the sale of alcohol.

"It is the trend, I think most of the elections last year that happened went wet, explained Sonja Hubbard, EZ Mart CEO. "We had several markets, including Sulphur Springs and Linden, Texas that went wet."

Hubbard oversees 19 stores in the Texarkana area.

Eight of them are on the Arkansas-side and sell beer and wine.
    
She says the company's Nash location would definitely see an increase in sales.

Texarkana, Texas, is considered a "damp" county because it sells mixed beverages in certified restaurants.
    
In previous elections, opponents of selling alcohol for off-premises consumption said the measure would cause a spike in crime.
    
Meanwhile, supporters said Texas was missing out on revenue.
    
The option to legalize the sale of alcohol will be on the Nash ballot in November.

  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:12:16 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • KTBS 3 Viewer's Pets

    KTBS 3 Viewer's Pets

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:00:16 GMT
    Viewer's petsViewer's pets
    Viewer's pets
    Viewer's pets
  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Adoptable Children

    Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Adoptable Children

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:44:11 GMT
    DJanaeDJanae
    Foster/Adoption Parenting Minimum Qualifications and Steps to Certification Minimum Qualifications for Certification.
    Foster/Adoption Parenting Minimum Qualifications and Steps to Certification Minimum Qualifications for Certification.
  • NationalMore>>

  • School to begin in Chicago with more safety guards

    School to begin in Chicago with more safety guards

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:32:13 GMT
    Chicago children will walk past even more guards on their first day of school than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.
    Chicago children will walk past even more guards on their first day of school than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.
  • Revel casino goes dark after just 2 years

    Revel casino goes dark after just 2 years

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:01:58 GMT
    Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning.
    Revel Casino Hotel opened with a bang a little more than two years ago amid high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market.
  • More than 30 teens escape from detention center

    More than 30 teens escape from detention center

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:52:03 GMT
    A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.
    More than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 were still being sought early Tuesday, a spokesman said.
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File