SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) -- Residents in Somerset have voted to approve alcohol sales in the south central Kentucky city that had been legally dry for decades.
Alcohol sales will be allowed at stores, restaurants and other businesses in the city nestled near Lake Cumberland. The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/LqTvf7 ) reports that Somerset was the largest city in Kentucky, with about 11,200 residents, with an alcohol ban. The unofficial vote from Tuesday was 2,167 to 1,464.
Somerset businessman Dave Weddle had touted the sales as a potential boost for the local economy.
Also on Tuesday, voters in Pineville rejected expanded alcohol sales by a vote of 357 to 230. The city already allows alcohol to be sold at some restaurants. Whitesburg voters voted 229 to 102 in favor of expanding sales in of alcohol in that city.