(07/14/2002)
Calhoun County could get a retail liquor store. Fred and Pat Jarvis, owner's of the Millstone Inn, are circulating a petition to place the issue on the ballot. Calhoun is the only county in West Virginia that has not allowed a retail store.

Jarvis said "At the Millstone Inn we have proven we have a respectful operation, and we feel if we operated a liquor store in Arnoldsburg, the tax dollars would stay in the county."

He said it is inaccurate that citizen's believe the consumption of alcohol decreases if the county is dry.

"Currently, we spend all our money in Gilmer and Roane for purchasing liquor," he said.

The petition asks for Lee District to be "wet", with the rest of the county remaining dry.

The legal process calls for Jarvis to obtain 5% of the voters in Lee District, on the petition, before it can be placed on a Calhoun ballot.

County Clerk Richard Kirby said he is checking on the voting process for the issue, which is likely to call for voters in Lee District to make the decision.


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