London voters approve package alcohol sales

Voters approved package alcohol sales in London during a special election Tuesday.

The unofficial total showed 1,105 votes to go wet and 777 “no” votes, according to county Clerk Dean Johnson’s office.

The city has had legal sales of alcohol by the drink at larger restaurants for some time, but not package sales of wine, beer and spirits.

Several churches worked against package alcohol sales in London, arguing that greater availability could cause problems such as more widespread underage drinking and drunken driving.

Supporters touted the potential economic advantages. Nearby towns such as Corbin and Somerset have seen business and tax benefits from going wet, supporters said.