Alcohol issues await Henderson voters in November

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 10:21am

HENDERSON, TX — Residents of Henderson will have a chance to vote on two alcohol-related referendums in November.

A petition drive by the Henderson 1st Committee collected more than enough valid signatures to place the measures on the ballot, Rusk County Elections Administrator Kathie Wittner said Wednesday.

One initiative would allow the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell beer and wine but would not permit packaged liquor sales. The second would allow for the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders, which would permit restaurants to serve mixed drinks without a private club license.

Each petition needed at least 997 valid signatures. Both petitions had more than 1,100 signatures, Wittner said.

“There were a few invalid signatures, but that’s almost always the case in any kind of petition drive,” she said.

Wittner plans on bringing the matter before the Rusk County Commissioners Court at its Aug. 8 meeting.

Although the petition affects only businesses within the Henderson city limits, and only residents of the city will be eligible to vote, the county court must call the election.

Claudia Morgan-Gray, one of the proponents of the proposition, said she’s excited about the response the petitions generated.

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