Alcohol sales boost 4th of July In Lyon County
LYON COUNTY, Ky. - According to some, the Fourth of July was one of the busiest in recent memories in Lyon County.
The restaurant at Eddy Creek Marina was no exception. Owner Ginny Harbison says since the county approved alcohol sales in January, sales have been up 10 percent.
"Sales have been steadily climbing," she said, thanks to her license that was approved the day before Memorial Day.
Currently, alcohol is available at that restaurant and 10 other places throughout the county. Five other applications are pending.
Eddyville Mayor Nancy Slaton says, as a result, there are plenty of people pumping money into the local economy.
"At the Food Giant you'll see a lot of people with boats stocking up, you can't even get in the gas station. The 5-Star it's like a mad house," she said.
A six percent tax on all alcohol sold in Lyon County is awarded to area law enforcement. The Lyon County Sheriff's Department and the Eddyville Police Department have both budgeted for an additional officer.
Both departments have had more paperwork because they handle the applications. But the departments say the number of alcohol-related arrests have held steady.