Keep the Taps Flowing or Put a Cork in It?

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Vega, Texas - Some say it will cause unnecessary violence in their community, while others say it will actually make things safer by preventing drinking and driving. NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos spent Friday in Vega and has more on Oldham County's upcoming wet-dry liquor election.

The county has been dry for as long as anyone can remember. A liquor election hasn't been held there in more than 30 years, and it's definitely the talk of the town.

The first part of the election is an option to have stores selling it for off-premises consumption. The second deals with restaurants being able to sell it.

County Judge Don Allred says, "that means that any establishment that makes at least 50 percent of their income from food can purchase the food and beverage license to be able to serve alcohol."

That means bars will not be allowed, since they do not have that revenue from food. With the exception of one restaurant operating as a private club, residents have to drive to Adrian, Amarillo or Hereford if they want to buy or drink alcohol.

Wheeler County residents also have a similar decision to make this weekend... But their liquor election will only affect the city of Shamrock.