Alcohol in Barbourville? The petition is out

February 5, 2015

By Bobbie Poynter


It’s been three years since a petition was circulated to allow alcohol sales in Barbourville.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, a new petition began circulating around Barbourville saying

“We the undersigned registered voters hereby petition for election on the following question: ‘Are you in favor of the sale of Alcoholic Beverages in Barbourville?’ KRS 242.020”

Those signing the petition are not necessarily asking for alcohol sales in Barbourville, only that an election to that effect be held.

Supporters of alcohol sales Barbourville have various reasons to request the local option election.

According to, an independent research website, who obtained its information from the KSP Traffic Accidents Facts Report, studies showed that cities across Kentucky who opened their towns to alcohol sales actually saw a decrease in their reported drunk driving rates.

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