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Nash residents vote on alcohol sale proposals

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Nash, Texas voters will decide the fate of two propositions that would partially legalize the sale of alcohol in the city.

Proposition one will provide for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption.
    
Proposition two provides for the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only.

Residents voted against alcohol sales in 2008.
    
While it was narrow margin, many people are still divided on the issue.   
    
"This time it's different, we're not really trying to go wet," said Chuck Lucas, Nash Economic Development Director. "We're trying to go damp."

Lucas says approving the proposals would help the city be more competitive with Texarkana.

He says they could attract more restaurants and a grocery store.
 
Both supporters and opponents of the proposals have more than hundred signs scattered throughout the city.

Pastor Dennis Whitmire is part of the group the community against alcohol in Nash.

He believes crime and blight would increase, not economic benefits.

"Alot of times when they talk about taxes and the money they are going to gain, they never talk about the effects alcohol has on people," said Whitmore.
 
There are about 1,400 registered voters in Nash.
    
Nearly 230 residents voted in early voting.

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