2016-11-09 / Front Page

City voters say yes to Sunday alcohol sales

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Staff Writer

Voters in Gaffney toasted the approval of Sunday alcohol sales by a surprisingly wide margin in Tuesday’s election.

Unofficially, the referendum passed with 57.6 percent of voters in favor of Sunday alcohol sales.

Gaffney City Council approved an ordinance in July to place the issue on the general election ballot at the request of business owners.

“The people have spoken and let’s all abide by the wishes of the people and work together for the betterment of the city and county,” Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly said.

Sunday alcohol sales is expected to be an economic winner for the city with new restaurants locating in the city and convenience stores seeking to be annexed within the city limits.

The referendum did draw criticism from the city’s faith community.

Pastor Billy Elder of Silica Springs Baptist Church was among the most outspoken critics of the referendum.

“It’s not what we wanted,” Elder said. “We don’t need alcohol but there are things we go through for our suffering, and what is going to come is more suffering. But as with everything else, it’s the law of the land.”

Jolly has said state officials must review the ordinance before it goes into effect.

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