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McAdenville Voters Approve Alcohol Sales

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MCADENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina town best known for its Christmas light display has decided to allow alcohol sales.

Voters in McAdenville west of Charlotte agreed to allow alcohol sales in the town. The measure will allow beer and wine sales in stores, restaurants and clubs. Mixed drinks can be offered in restaurants.

All three measures were approved by about 54 percent of the voters. Just over half of the town’s 405 registered voters participated.

Mayor Farrell Buchanan says he’s disappointed with the decision.

“I really thought it would be even closer, but at the same time, our people turned out and they voted, Buchanan said.

Buchanan says he’s worried that alcohol sales will lead to crime, alcohol abuse and other problems.

Greg Richardson pushed for sales and says he thinks it will boost economic development once the town gets some nice restaurants offering alcohol sales.

“I think all the division it caused will prove to be temporary and we’ll all enjoy the benefits of having a more thriving downtown,” Richardson said. “People will realize all the fear mongering proved to be unfounded.”

McAdenville’s annual Christmas display features 500,000 lights on about 375 fir trees.

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