Leitchfield Passes Limited 100 Vote

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Residents in Leitchfield have voted to become the state's next "Limited 100" city.

Some restaurants there will soon be able to serve alcohol by the drink.

Poll numbers on Tuesday night showed at final count that the "yes" votes beat the "no" votes by 227.

1665 people came out to cast a ballot on the issue that's been debated for weeks.

The fairgrounds in Leitchfield brought standing crowds out Tuesday afternoon with "Limited 100" on their minds.

"I just wanted to come out, vote and voice my opinion," said Presley Mudd, a Leitchfield resident.

"If you don't vote then you don't have a right to complain," said Leitchfield resident Judy Edwards.

716 city residents stopped at the North Leitchfield Precinct, making it the largest precinct for voter turnout.

But the opinions on ballots cast would leave room for debate on the issue at hand.

"I think the Limited 100 will not hurt," said Anna Messenger, a Leitchfield resident who voted "yes" on Tuesday. "It will not make it any worse than it is right now," she said.

"I don't see it helping," said Edwards, who voted "no" on Tuesday. "I see it maybe helping to access made easy, but I don't see it helping the economy any."

Edwards says with the passing of a Limited 100 vote, she's more concerned about drivers in her community getting behind the wheel after they've been drinking.

"That's a fear. That's a fear I have," she said.

And other voters say they doubt booze will actually bring in big business for the city of Leitchfield.

"It's not because of the liquor I don't think," said long-time Leitchfield resident Patty Dennison, who voted "no" Tuesday. "I don't think our town is big enough for a Rafferty's and O'Charley's."

Still residents who voted "yes" on the issue remain hopeful.

"Everybody else goes to E-town," Mudd said. "They drink up there. There isn't anything wrong with it being here too."

Mudd is confident the Limited 100 vote will mean a better economy and better jobs for a place that has so many out of work.

"We've lost a lot of factories," he said. "We just need more business."

Officials said Tuesday night that it's unclear exactly when the Limited 100 law will go into effect.

It will let restaurants that have a seating capacity of at least 100 people and draw at least 70-percent of their sales from food sell alcohol by the drink if they choose.

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