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June 25, 2009

Alcohol petition listed on Hanceville agenda

A local man with a petition to bring the wet/dry issue to a vote is scheduled to appear before the Hanceville City Council tonight.

Eddie Hamm, owner of Shop For Less Bent and Dent Groceries in Hanceville, will reportedly present a petition of signatures to the council meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Hanceville City Hall.

Despite being in a dry county, Hanceville citizens can now choose to make alcohol sales legal in their city due to a recent law passed by the Alabama Legislature. The law allows municipalities with populations of at least 1,000 to vote on whether or not to make alcohol sales legal. Under previous Alabama law, only cities with at least 7,000 people, such as the City of Cullman, could vote to legalize liquor sales. Hanceville and Good Hope are the only cities in Cullman County impacted by the new law.

To place the choice on a local ballot in a special election, the new law requires supporters to collect signatures equaling 30 percent of the number of voters in the city’s last general election. Good Hope citizens will need at least 167 signatures while Hanceville will need at least 235.

Check back later tonight at cullmantimes.com or Saturday’s edition of The Cullman Times for further details.

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