(08/25/2002)
Voters in Lee District, not the entire county, will decide on whether a retail liquor store will be located at or near Arnoldsburg.

Fred and Pat Jarvis, owners of the former Millstone Inn, obtained a necessary 5% of registered voters in the district to place the issue on the fall ballot. They have paid a $900 licensing fee for a store.

The Calhoun Commission voted on the matter yesterday afternoon during a special meeting, as required by law.

There are 980 registered voters in Lee District, and those who go to the polls will make the decision. It requires a simple majority to pass.

Jarvis contends the opening of a retail liquor store will not increase the amount of liquor consumed in the county.

"We have to go out of county and spend our money, and we think the county should get the tax proceeds," said Jarvis. "It could bring two to three jobs." Calhoun County is the last county in West Virginia to not approve a retail liquor store.


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