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All of Union Parish can sell alcohol

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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - After Saturday's election all of Union Parish can sell alcohol. Union Parish Policy Jury district three was the last dry area of the parish until voters pushed through different measures to allow alcohol sales. But it's not a simple as going to the store and buying liquor.

District three of Union Parish includes some parts of the town of Farmerville, the town of Spearsville and a large area of parish residents that do not live in any town.

When district three went to the polls Saturday, voters passed different alcohol laws for each part of the district.

 The parish police jury president said that the area has not always been dry.   

"It was my understanding that alcohol was voted out. All forms of alcohol were voted out of district three in 1982. That entire district has been dry," A.J. Smith said.  

Smith said alcohol sales landed on Saturday's ballot after one business owner got 25 percent of the district's voters to sign a petition.

Now, if you own a business inside the town limits of Spearsville, you can sell beer, only, and consumption of alcohol in a store or restaurant is still illegal.

If you own a business inside the town limits of Farmerville, you can sell beer, hard liquor and wine.   Also, consumption in stores, restaurants and bars is completely legal.

But if you own a business that is not incorporated in either Spearsville or Farmerville, you can sell beer and hard liquor, but consumption is still against the law.

If it all sounds a little confusing, it is, and policing it, even more so. But of course, open container laws still apply for all these areas.

Melissa Bridges helped her parents gather the signatures to push the alcohol laws through. She said the store will profit from the new laws.

"We didn't just say hey, we want this. We were asked, ‘hey when are you going to get it.’  Everybody buys it. Everybody has it," Bridges said.

The police jury will determine if the election results are valid at its June third meeting,  and then business owners can start the paper work to get their liquor licenses.

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