MASONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – Planning starts for store owners in Masonville in Daviess County after voters approved alcohol sales by a more than two to one margin.
It becomes the latest town in western Kentucky to go wet in recent years.
“There was petitions going around, there were signs out,” said Tammy Reed of Masonville, recalling the months leading up to Tuesday’s vote. Yet only 15% of voters in Masonville cast their ballot Tuesday at Masonville Baptist Church, with about 70% of them deciding to allow alcohol sales.
“It’s just more convenient for our small town of Masonville to have it out here. It’s not only in town, it’s way past due to have it out here,” said David Payne of Masonville.
Pinakin Patel, who runs Masonville Food Market, and who started a petition allowing for sales, says he started it after customers asked if his business sold beer. Some residents say they voted against it over safety concerns on Highway 231.
“I think it makes it a little dangerous for the 231 Highway, traveling from Hartford or Owensboro for drunk drivers,” said Ryan Marx, who voted against alcohol sales in town.
Masonville becomes the latest western Kentucky community to go wet in recent years. Other communities, including providence in Webster County, have voted for alcohol sales in their town. Providence Mayor Doug Hammers says since his community approved it in 2018, they haven’t seen a significant increase in DUIs and it’s helped bring tax dollars to the city. They’re also looking at adding Sunday sales.
Back in Masonville, some wonder what will happen next once sales start.
“I’m more concerned about, once people realize that alcohol is for sale, how many more people are going to stop,” says Reed.
Patel adds he has to wait at least two months before starting the process to apply for a license to sell alcohol.
(This story was originally published on February 3, 2021)