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New jail, Sunday sales vote is today

Lamar County voters will go to the polls today to give the thumbs up or thumbs down on Sunday sales of package beer and wine in unincorporated areas of the county and the issuance of $15.5 million in bonds for the construction of a new jail. Polling places throughout the county will be open today from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The referendums only attracted lukewarm interest from early voters. Elections supervisor Anita Reid and her staff collected 416 advance ballots and mailed out 81 absentee ballots of which 53 had been returned as of Monday. If the Sunday sales measure is approved, it will affect only two businesses that currently hold county beer licenses: C&B store on Hwy. 41 South and T&J Outfitters on Hwy. 36 West. All other package retailers are in areas governed by municipal law and will not affected by today’s vote. If approved, the new jail will be constructed where the current rodeo arena now stands on Roberta Drive. Long range plans call for a new courthouse where the current jail is located. The county commission has termed a new jail its ‘highest priority’ and at least two investigative grand juries have called for its replacement. For realtime election results tonight, monitor or call 770-358-6397.

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