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12/7/04-Lindale

Wet/Dry Debate Heats Up

The choice to sell beer and wine in Lindale will officially go before voters, but not without opposition.

County Commissioners approved the special election to sell beer and wine in the city during their weekly meeting Monday. A group formed to help get the measure on the ballot has been pushing the issue for months, eventually collecting enough signatures to get it to the court.

Now another group has formed, "Citizens For An Alcohol and Drug Free Lindale." Made up mostly of local ministers, they are hoping to make their side known.

"Even if a person is a casual drinker when they come under the influence of alcohol there are a lot of things that could happen so it's a social, family situation and we believe ultimately there is an economic dynamic here that is to the negative side.," said David Hicks, Pastor, Fellowship of Prairie Creek Church.

Those who support the measure point to the potential economic benefits.

"For me and for our group it's for economic growth... it is a better community, lower taxes, more money for our community for better roads, more money for our school system and hopefully lowering property taxes," said Cathie Campbell, member of Lindale Citizens for Better Business.

The wet/dry election is set for February 5 and is open to all registered voters in Lindale. The deadline to register is January 6.

Chris Gibson, reporting
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