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Amory alcohol supporters are close to goal

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 6/06/2014 6:43 pm
AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) -- M.J. Westerlund and other members of "Let's Grow Amory" are as close as it gets to their goal.

They are required to have 20 percent of the registered voter's signatures to place the alcohol issue on the ballot.

"We would like to offer the amenities that other cities in the area have," said member Belle Naugher.

In March, the group mailed out close to 5,000 letters. Each contained two petitions. They want voters to decide whether or not Amory should have liquor, beer and light wine referendums.

"I think the time is right and we have the support here to make this a reality," said M.J. Westerlund.

"With the sale of alcohol, it could give opportunity for more businesses to expand their businesses or just give people a place to go in town and people from out of town a place to go as well," said member Blake McCollum.

Baptist minister Dr. Lloyd Sweatt is leader of the opposition group called "Better Amory Now."

He says the charm Amory offers makes it a star attraction just as it is.

"We want to keep it that way-that others can come and be attracted to that and that's how we're gonna grow this economy," said Dr. Sweatt.

Backers of this movement say it's best to keep tax dollars in Amory and not watch them spent in Aberdeen where alcohol sales are legal.

Opinion on this issue is divided.

"I think sometimes if they haven't got it right here at home, they wouldn't have it," said Clovis Ford.

"Well I love to drink it, but I think we can get it from another county if we want it and bring it home and drink it. I don't think we need it here," said William Ford.

"Actually I want the tax dollars," said Barbara Jones.

Let's Grow Amory members plan to turn in their petitions for verification June 21.
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