Vote for wet county sparks sign theft in Powell County

During the primary election on May 22, voters in Powell County will decide whether or not to allow alcohol sales.

POWELL COUNTY - Next week, Kentucky voters head to the polls for the primary election, but who gets elected to office isn’t the only thing on the ballot in some places.

In Powell County, voters will decide whether to allow alcohol sales or not. The controversial item isn’t just causing disagreement, but even crime.

A sign advocating for a wet Powell County was recently stolen from the collection of yard sign’s in Dee Dotson’s yard. A security camera caught the perpetrator in action picking out the sign.

“I have just as much right to put a sign out as anybody else does,” Dotson said.

Dotson said she’s supporting the legalization of alcohol sales to increase revenue for the county.

“I want jobs that will be made available to our county. I want our tax dollars to stay at home,” said Dotson. “I want Powell County to grow as a whole.”

Not everyone shares Dotson’s sentiment, in fact, this topic has quickly become a hot button issue for the county.

“My belief is that alcohol is a legal drug in liquid form in a bottle,” said Powell County Circuit Court Clerk Darlene Drake. “I don't think alcohol is something that we need, or that we need to tell our young people that that's something we need to survive.”

Both sides are adamantly hoping the vote is swayed in their favor, but find little comfort in hypothesizing the outcome.

“It’s un-telling,” Dotson said of the vote. “My dad always says don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”

Powell County, along with the rest of the state, will run to the polls to vote next Tuesday.

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