The Richmond Register

Local News

July 9, 2013

Beshear gets to decide how many liquor licenses for Somerset

Liquor World would be shut out if only five are granted

(Continued)

FRANKFORT —

They pointed out that since 1983 when the state began using the one license per 2,300 residents formula, only two cities voted to go “wet” in the next 25 or so years. But in the last five, 22 cities have approved such referenda, and often those cities can support more than the number of licenses produced by the formula, especially wet cities in otherwise dry counties.

Humphress said the board has in the past awarded all of a county’s potential licenses to wet cities in dry counties, citing Bowling Green as an example. He and Higdon said there were no objections to the change at a public hearing, and economic studies indicate the city can support more than five licenses.

Additionally, Higdon said, if the board allotted licenses based on Pulaski County’s population of 64,000, as it did in Bowling Green, there could be as many as 23 licenses in Somerset.

But several lawmakers objected, led by Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, and Rep. Tommy Turner, R-Somerset.

Lee said it was unfair to the five businesses which had invested money based on their calculation they each would face competition from only four other outlets.

His argument was endorsed by three of the five retailers: Wildcat Beer Wine and Spirits; First Stop Party Supply; and Apple’s Wine and Spirits, all represented by Louisville attorney Jason Nemes. (The other two licenses were awarded to two national drug store chains, Rite-Aid and Walgreens.)

Nemes said it was widely understood at the time of the referendum that only five licenses would be granted, and doubling that number to 10 “is a fraud on the people of Somerset.”

Turner agreed. He said he personally opposed allowing liquor sales in Somerset, “but what is important is what the people voted for. The people voted for five, so that’s what I support.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 7-26 Stockyards 2.jpg Cattle farmers enjoying ‛perfect storm’

    Demand is up, and cattle are selling for record prices.

    At the same time, corn prices are down and fuel prices have stabilized.

    That adds up to a “perfect storm” for Kentucky cattle farmers, said Gary Kelly of Paint Lick as he ate lunch Friday with his brother Jimmy at the restaurant across from the Blue Grass Stockyards.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • 7-26 Fire Practice Structure 1.jpg Fire training tower going up

    A new training tower for the Richmond Fire Department is rising on Four Mile Road.

    Construction began Thursday on the four-story, steel-framed structure.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Pavement work to restrict I-75 in Rockcastle County

    Beginning Sunday until about the end of November, Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County will be reduced to one lane in each direction between mile points 58 and 66 for pavement work.

    July 26, 2014

  • Jailed woman charged with heroin trafficking

    A Richmond woman already jailed on another charge was served with a drug trafficking warrant Thursday.

    July 26, 2014

  • County’s jobless rate improves

    Madison County’s unemployment rate for June, 6.5 percent, was a full percentage point lower than a year earlier and 0.2 points lower than in May.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-25 Camp Invention 1.jpg Young inventors turn trash to treasure

    The first day of Camp Invention began with a room full of objects ready to be recycled, Sarah Shaffer, director of the camp said Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-25 William Gilbert.jpg Four arrested on meth charges at Berea motel

    Berea Police arrested four people Wednesday at the Knights Inn on Chestnut Street, including a man they said tried to conceal a meth lab on his person.

    July 24, 2014 5 Photos

  • Fridays, Saturdays added to depot’s detonation calendar

    The Blue Grass Army Depot is adjusting its weekly schedule for detonating obsolete and unserviceable conventional explosives because of a higher-than-normal number of delays this season.

    July 24, 2014

  • County, cities asked to ban indoor smoking

    The Madison County Health Board voted 9-1 Wednesday to ask the county’s three local governing bodies to ban smoking in indoor public places.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24 4-H Entries 1.jpg 4-H exhibits are family affair for the Houstons

    Five children from the same family were the first to bring their 4-H exhibits Wednesday to the Madison County Fairgrounds.

    July 24, 2014 5 Photos

AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results