Controversy continues over alcohol sales in Craighead County

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- The controversy over alcohol sales in dry Craighead County continues. "For the ones that know how to control it, I think it would be fine. For the ones that are uncontrollable--they really, actually need to be at home," Carolyn Brown.

"It's a dry county, so I mean I think over all it should stay dry," said Mississippi County resident, Johana Boatman.

A private club inside the new Hilton Garden Inn, being built on Fair Park Boulevard in Jonesboro, is among the latest businesses requesting a permit to sell alcohol.

Bob Hester is opposed to alcohol sales in the county. He says Craighead County was voted dry years ago by voters, and dry is how the city and county should stay.

"If the county was wet, it would be a totally different issue.  We wouldn't even be having this conversation right now. It wouldn't be an issue.   The county is dry and dry means no alcohol," said Hester.

A request for a liquor permit for a new private club, Stefano's, will go before the ABC board at a later date regarding their request to serve alcohol as well.  Some residents we spoke with say they believe alcohol sales in a restaurant, for example, could help a business.

"There's a lot of people that like to have a beer or drink with their food," Phillip Watts.

"I know a lot of people like to have, like I said, a drink when they eat so most people would go to a restaurant that serves alcohol," said Laquita Lewis.

Opposed to liquor sales in the county, Bob Hester says he doesn't know when or if liquor sales in this dry county will ever end.

"We'll be fighting, and if they're granted, we'll do what we can do to make it hard on them to survive... to be here," said Hester.