Posted by Jessi Turnure
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Visitors at a country club in Piggott will now have more drink options than a coke or an iced tea.
The Board of Directors of the Alcoholic Beverage Control voted Wednesday night to grant the Sugar Creek Country Club its liquor license.
This was the last country club in Arkansas to receive its liquor license.
"There are a lot of people around here who would like to have a drink," local business owner Monte Howell said.
He said this was a major move for Piggot. "I think it's gonna mean a lot. I think it's a good deal. They've been trying to get this for a long time. I think it's gonna be great."
However, Howell said some people do not like the change. Piggot has been part of a dry county since he can remember. "A lot of older people, they're against it, you know. A lot of people are mad, some people are not."
The Sugar Creek Country Club board released a statement saying, "In January, through a vote of general membership, Sugar Creek Country Club decided to apply for a private club liquor permit. Yesterday, that application was approved by the Board of Directors of the Alcoholic Beverage Control. Soon, the club will be able to serve alcoholic beverages to those members and their guests who wish to partake. We are committed to doing this in a respectful, safe and responsible manner."
Howell said the liquor license could bring in even more people from surrounding cities for some of the country club's events. "They'll be serving food, you know. They already cook steaks out here on Friday night, stuff like that."
Howell also predicted membership will increase. "I'm not even a member, but I might become a member with this now, you know."
Howell said the liquor license could change Piggot's and Clay County's futures. "This might lead to getting the county wet, also. It's another thing we're hoping for."
Sugar Creek staff members said they hope to serve their first drink around July 1.