Why is Randolph County dry?

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Shelley

Jonesboro, AR

#1 Aug 10, 2011
I have just moved to Pocahontas and am wondering just what the reason is that this county is dry.
I grew up in an area that the grocery stores and convienent stores all sold alcohol and we had no more problems that they do here. I myself enjoy a drink of wine once in a while but am not a drinker. Just seems to me that if it wasn't dry it would sure bring in more money to the area.
Are there a lot of accidents between here and the liquor stores being that most of these roads around here are so curvy. I may be off by a mile but if you can drink in some areas in this county why not all of it? Just wondering.
guest

Portland, IN

#2 Aug 10, 2011
Churches don't like alcohol. That's it.
Shelley

Jonesboro, AR

#3 Aug 10, 2011
guest wrote:
Churches don't like alcohol. That's it.
LOL Ok...There were more churches in the town I came from than here.

But I have to admit its been like walking back in time about 30 years moving here. But it seems like a nice town.
Lol

United States

#4 Aug 10, 2011
It's not that churches don't like alcohol around here. Its just the hypocrites that speak against alcohol and then drive to the line to get it so no one knows they drink
Ray

Horseshoe Bend, AR

#5 Aug 10, 2011
We are dry because if we don't have booze stores we won't have drunks. You see Randolph County is dry and we don't ever have any wrecks because of drinking. No one here drinks and everyone goes to church.
No I was just joking, its because our county does not need the massive tax money from booze.
No, not really its because some people are too uptight and want to rule the lives of others, they stick their heads up their ass and pretend everything is ok because we are dry. However you can walk from Pokie to the state line stepping on beer cans and never touch the ground.
FACT

Jonesboro, AR

#6 Aug 10, 2011
The County was wet at one time. People voted it dry. Many people would rather see the town die out before going WET again. This is a nanny county. So get in line or move.... lol. By the way, if you want to drink, there are many options. Just ask anyone in the county who drinks... Many residents drink, we just can't collect taxes on it. Now, if that ain't a hoot... Hell, I'll drink to that! Cheers!
my opinion

Ash Flat, AR

#7 Aug 11, 2011
Ray wrote:
We are dry because if we don't have booze stores we won't have drunks. You see Randolph County is dry and we don't ever have any wrecks because of drinking. No one here drinks and everyone goes to church.
No I was just joking, its because our county does not need the massive tax money from booze.
No, not really its because some people are too uptight and want to rule the lives of others, they stick their heads up their ass and pretend everything is ok because we are dry. However you can walk from Pokie to the state line stepping on beer cans and never touch the ground.
true
Judge Phil Smith

Ash Flat, AR

#8 Aug 11, 2011
Ray wrote:
We are dry because if we don't have booze stores we won't have drunks. You see Randolph County is dry and we don't ever have any wrecks because of drinking. No one here drinks and everyone goes to church.
No I was just joking, its because our county does not need the massive tax money from booze.
No, not really its because some people are too uptight and want to rule the lives of others, they stick their heads up their ass and pretend everything is ok because we are dry. However you can walk from Pokie to the state line stepping on beer cans and never touch the ground.
Ask Phil Smith why he as a presiding judge stopped Sharp county voters from having the chance to vote that county wet.
Was he influenced by Missouri liquor licenses who fought against the vote?
Has he ever received political donations from liquor stores outside of Sharp county?
I don't have those answers,but he threw out pages worth of petitions because of one person who could not be proven to be a sharp county resident.
chickie

Evening Shade, AR

#9 Aug 11, 2011
years ago when transportation was not like it is today getting alcohol was not easy.....it took a long time to go get it or you had to buy it from a bootlegger, now most families are multi-car so transportation is not an issue, people go get what they want when they want it. I think it does not make sense to have a dry county. We are paying other counties and other states alot of taxes that could be used in our county. --not to mention the wrecks and gas consumption during the drive there and back. A dry county does nothing but a lose of revenue to our county. oh yeah I dont drink any alcoholic beverages
Shelley

Jonesboro, AR

#10 Aug 11, 2011
Well then maybe they should try to get it back on the ballot again.
Ray

Mountain Home, AR

#11 Aug 11, 2011
Shelley wrote:
Well then maybe they should try to get it back on the ballot again.
It easier said than done, I would vote for the county going wet and I don't drink. I think adults should have a choice.
Churmudgeon

Ash Flat, AR

#12 Aug 11, 2011
The county was voted dry during the war when most of the men where away. That was before my time. Ive heard there where lots of taverns and the churchy folks spearheaded the drive to rid the county of sinful alcohol.
Shelley

Jonesboro, AR

#13 Aug 11, 2011
How would we go about trying to get it back on the ballot?
Churmudgeon

Ash Flat, AR

#14 Aug 11, 2011
Shelley wrote:
How would we go about trying to get it back on the ballot?
money! you would ned a lawyer to help to get a petition and gather enough signatures of registered voters.
info

Mountain Home, AR

#15 Aug 11, 2011
Judge Phil Smith wrote:
<quoted text>
Ask Phil Smith why he as a presiding judge stopped Sharp county voters from having the chance to vote that county wet.
Was he influenced by Missouri liquor licenses who fought against the vote?
Has he ever received political donations from liquor stores outside of Sharp county?
I don't have those answers,but he threw out pages worth of petitions because of one person who could not be proven to be a sharp county resident.
"but he threw out pages worth of petitions because of one person who could not be proven to be a sharp county resident."

if you're going to post, come with the facts instead of made up misinformation.
admit it

Ash Flat, AR

#16 Aug 11, 2011
info wrote:
<quoted text>"but he threw out pages worth of petitions because of one person who could not be proven to be a sharp county resident."
if you're going to post, come with the facts instead of made up misinformation.
Not misinformation but the truth ,
So how about the truth from you ?
You must have been one of those that did everything they could to keep the people from voting.
Phil Smith holds an elected Judgeship , we are waiting to him back , neither he or Linda will win the next election.
Drink a beer

Jonesboro, AR

#17 Aug 11, 2011
So, having no need for alcohol in this county is a good thing, right? So everyone that doesn't go to church just smokes meth here?..Ok I understand, that makes it all better..

If this county were civilized it may be a decent place to live. Whats wrong with having a beer once in a while like 99% of the rest of the world does? I think being dry here is just ignorant. There's nothing here to do so that why there's such a bad meth problem, just my opinion.

If church people rule this county, why not put bars in between here and Walnut Ridge, so they are out of their sight? Police seem to patrol that highway frequently anyway so I don't see a problem with it, as far as controlling drunks. But no, they put the American Legion on a curvy highway, and all the liquor stores are on those too so it makes wanting a beer that much more frustrating, to have to drive and get one. Anyway, just my two cents. I like the original poster feel like Ive stepped back in time since I moved here. Hell, even the Wild West had saloons.. Poor Poky.
Drinker

Ash Flat, AR

#18 Aug 12, 2011
Drink a beer wrote:
So, having no need for alcohol in this county is a good thing, right? So everyone that doesn't go to church just smokes meth here?..Ok I understand, that makes it all better..
If this county were civilized it may be a decent place to live. Whats wrong with having a beer once in a while like 99% of the rest of the world does? I think being dry here is just ignorant. There's nothing here to do so that why there's such a bad meth problem, just my opinion.
If church people rule this county, why not put bars in between here and Walnut Ridge, so they are out of their sight? Police seem to patrol that highway frequently anyway so I don't see a problem with it, as far as controlling drunks. But no, they put the American Legion on a curvy highway, and all the liquor stores are on those too so it makes wanting a beer that much more frustrating, to have to drive and get one. Anyway, just my two cents. I like the original poster feel like Ive stepped back in time since I moved here. Hell, even the Wild West had saloons.. Poor Poky.
There are two churches for every mile you drive in that direction. We'll have to put one on HWY 67N going to Biggers. LOL
guest

Ash Flat, AR

#19 Aug 12, 2011
the county judge and quroum court members can put it on the ballot.(that would be the easy way
) they have no problem going thru all the work to ask for a tax increase..
good job

Ash Flat, AR

#20 Aug 12, 2011
by changing insurance company the city is going to save around $100,000 a year on city employees health insurance.

wonder if the county has or will do the same thing?

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