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Parts of Union Parish to vote on alcohol sales

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SPEARSVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Many of you will go to the polls on Saturday. And in Union Parish, some will vote on alcohol sales.

Ward Three in the northern part of the parish is the last dry area, but possibly not for long.

Joe bridges lived most of his adult life in Houston but moved back to Spearsville to be close to his mother. He bought a store on highway 15 and named it Bridges’ Grocery. Bridges knew the area was dry but never understood why. So Bridges gathered the needed signatures and got alcohol sales put on the ballet for Saturday.

"I've had a lot of request here in the community wishing we would sell beer so they wouldn't have to go all the way to Farmerville to get it. They drive anyway to go get it. And I'm like any other business man in Louisiana. I am trying to do good and provide for my family,” Bridges said.   

Evelyn Beaird has lived in Spearsville most of her life. She said at one time the district did sell alcohol, but it was voted it out. Beaird said she will not be voting yes on Saturday, and says it’s because of her Christian faith.

"As a matter of fact I stopped working at a store one time because they were going to sell it. I couldn't sell it and I couldn't work for someone who was going to sell it," Beaird said.

But Bridges said he is also a man of faith.

“You know Jesus turned water into wine. It doesn't say anything in the bible about beer,” Bridges said.

Charles Hill lives next to Bridges’ store and says allowing alcohol sales may cut down on crime.

"You know that is taking a chance, getting a DWI, people driving from here to Bernice or Farmerville and back. But they can come right here in the community, it’s in walking distance. They can walk to the store," Hill said.    

Bridges said many of those wanting the sale go to Farmerville and even El Dorado, Ark., to buy booze and with them goes needed taxes dollars.

He said if there wasn't a demand for alcohol sales in the area, he would have never started the petition.

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