Grass roots effort seeks to allow alcohol sales in west Grayson County

By: Steven Powell Email
By: Steven Powell Email

WHITESBORO, TX -- Residents of western Grayson County currently have to make the hike to neighboring cities to buy alcohol, but one woman is pounding the pavement to try to bring alcohol sales closer to home.

Terry Hamilton, a Gordonville resident, is running a grassroots movement by herself. She's collecting signatures to bring the off-premise sale of alcohol to a precinct-wide vote.

She has 1,037 signatures. But she's still shy of the needed 1,419.

"It would bring more jobs and revenue to our area," she said.

But the idea has its dissenters, like Whitesboro resident Valerie Farmer.

"You don't want it when you're raising children," she said.

She realizes people will go to neighboring areas to buy alcohol, but she has concerns about it being sold here.

"Not just alcohol drinking, but the sales itself can bring other paraphernalia involved with that," she said.

Hamilton realizes it's an uphill battle.

"A lot of people are against it," she said. "But there are a lot of people that are for it as well."

One business in favor is the Cutting-Edge in Whitesboro, where Hamilton has a sign and petition in place.

"it keeps business here, it creates jobs. People are gonna drink, they're gonna buy it somewhere. They might as well buy it here."

Hamilton has 10 more full days before the signatures are due and after 6 weeks of work she's determined to get them.

Hamilton said, "I would do whatever it takes because I have come so far."

We reached out to Commissioner Phyllis James but she didn't want to comment on issue.

Since it's a county ordinance even if the issue does go to a vote and pass at the county level each city still has the option to pass their own city ordinance.

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