Neighbors unsure who is behind alcohol vote
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. — Voters have an important decision to make at the polls. In this case, we're not just talking about Illinois' primary.
A special election is coming with just one issue: wet or dry?
Voters in Hendron precinct four, an area around Bleich road in Lone Oak will decide whether to allow the sale of alcohol in their community.
It's a very small precinct but those in favor of alcohol sales said it could have a huge impact on the surrounding area. While critics have a very basic concern, who is pushing this?
Neighbors also worry because they have an elementary school and a retirement community on the small stretch of road. Also, neighbors don't feel comfortable not knowing who is behind the special election and exactly what type of establishment this person wants to build.
Many said they feel blindsided by an anonymous businessperson who wants to bring in booze. Lone Oak Road is busy. That's why Thomas Lee lives on the less-traveled Bleich Road.
"We got enough bars downtown. Lone Oak, you can buy whiskey and beer up right up there Lone Oak, why would you want to come down here with it? This is a community, got a school right up the road here, got a nursing home right up the road here and we don't need no wet, voted wet," Lee said.
Folks in McCracken County's smallest precinct, will make a big decision.
Across from the Lone Oak K-Mart, contractors are working on a mixed development, a combination apartment and restaurant space.
Many people thought the restaurant owners were the ones behind the special election. However, this election has no impact on them because the area was annexed into the city of Paducah. No one knows where another restaurant, bar, or liquor store would go, or who wants to build one.
"The restaurant down there been struggling to stay open. I don't know if the area can support anything like a sports bar and I don't really care if they can," neighbor Don Alvey said.
But the owner of the only restaurant on this stretch says while selling alcohol wouldn't boost his business, a little friendly competition might.
"More people drive by, more people see Mel's, more people come through. You might see a bump in business on that. The more the merrier," Mel's Diner owner Steven Hyde said.
Some neighbors, like a mother of four, agree.
"It would be nice to be able to walk down the street to a steak house and eat versus driving all the way out to the mall," Angel Hayden said.
Still, folks like Lee don't like it.
"Probably have bars all up and down this road here," Lee said.
A lot of folks were under the impression that someone wants to open a sports bar on Bleich Road, however, Local 6 could not get that confirmed or find anyone interested in developing further down Bleich Road.
Folks in Hendron precinct four may vote at the McCracken County Board of Education offices on Berger Road, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.