Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

March 11, 2014

Alcohol sales legalized in Olive Hill

March 11, 2014 —

In Tuesday’s local option election, Olive Hill citizens voted in favor of allowing the legal sale of alcoholic beverages within the city limits for the first time since 1937.

The final tally, including eight absentee ballots, was 257 “yes” votes in favor and 206 “no” votes in opposition, with four precincts voting in favor of legalization, and the Clark Hill precinct had no votes cast.

Total turnout for the local option election was 463, or 39 percent of those registered.

No issues were reported at the Senior Community Center which served as the polling location for all five city precincts due to school being in session at West Carter Middle School—the normal polling venue for Olive Hill voters.

Voters in Olive Hill last took to the polls regarding alcoholic beverage sales in 1971 alongside Grayson, both of whom voted to remain “dry” in separate elections.

With Tuesday’s vote in favor of legalized sales, Olive Hill now joins Grayson and the Iron Hill precinct near Carter City as the only legal locations where alcoholic beverages can be purchased in Carter County.

Olive Hill City Council will have 60 days to draft an ordinance to regulate sales within the city limits.

Additionally, Council must appoint an individual to serve as the city’s alcoholic beverage control administrator.

The question of alcohol sales cannot be placed on a ballot in Olive Hill again for at least three years under state law.

Joe Lewis can be reached at or by telephone at 286-4201.

Text Only
Local News
  • 16 indicted by Carter grand jury

    Indictments of 16 persons have been handed down by a Carter County grand jury. Although 11 of those were processed June 27, the documents were released Monday to the Journal-Times.

    July 23, 2014

  • Wreck4.JPG Wreck leaves trail of gravel

    Members of Carter County Emergency Management, Norton Branch Fire Department, Kentucky State Police
    and Carter County EMS responded to an overturned truck Monday afternoon.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rex Collins.JPG Package liquor sales begin in Grayson

    It took more than a year, an investment of about $750,000, and a lot of paperwork but packaged liquor went on sale last Thursday in Grayson.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Star Elementary renovation underway

    Ongoing renovation of Star Elementary School was one of the main topics of conversation at Monday night’s meeting of the Carter County Board of Education.

    July 23, 2014

  • Standout Youth Rally

    The third annual Standout Youth Rally will take place this weekend at the Olive Hill Shrine Park. The Christian praise and worship experience is free and includes admission, food, camping and entertainment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Stage lighting welcome at renovated OHHS

    Performers at the Olive Hill Arts and Education Center, previously known as Olive Hill High School, eventually will be highly visible to their audiences in the future, thanks to help from the Carter County Community Fund (CCCF).

    July 23, 2014

  • Olive Hill fire chief to step down

    Olive Hill Fire Chief Wes Gilliam has informed the Journal-Times that he will resign from his position effective July 31.

    July 23, 2014

  • DSC_9807.JPG Beer on sale in Olive Hill

    Malt beverage sales began in Olive Hill last Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • store.jpg Packaged liquor sales begin this week

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_7242.jpg Rodeo rides again at Carter County Fair

    After three years with no rodeo, the bucking broncos will return to the Carter County Fair this Thursday and Friday.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo