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Whitehouse wet-dry election gets personal

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By Sara Story - bio | email

WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - On Election Day, Whitehouse voters will decide two propositions to legalize the sale of alcohol; one for off premise consumption, the other for sale of mixed beverages in restaurants.

The "Keep Whitehouse Dry" Committee formed just a few weeks ago and they're recalling the death of a Whitehouse resident to ask citizens vote no.

Darrell and Tina Crymes remember their daughter, Amanda Barfield, "She was a fun loving, happy go lucky, always a big smile on her face, said the Crymes'.

That smiled faded three years ago. At the age of 32 Amanda, a mother and Sunday school teacher was killed in a drunk driving crash.

It's Amanda's story that Tina's mom hopes voters think about before making their decision, "If they want it, let's make it hard for them. Not available to where they can just walk out the door and get it or drive to the corner store," Said Tina Crymes.

But Phil Rogers, a Whitehouse business owner and chairman of Whitehouse Texas Citizens for Economic growth sees a positive side to alcohol sales, "Whitehouse is kind of stagnant right now, this is one way we can generate revenue for the city, help stabilize our property taxes and give opportunities where new businesses like restaurants will look at our city," said Rogers.

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