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Voters in three towns to decide on liquor referendum

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People living in Fair Bluff, Chadbourn, and Tabor City will vote on whether to allow restaurants to sell liquor drinks. People living in Fair Bluff, Chadbourn, and Tabor City will vote on whether to allow restaurants to sell liquor drinks.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Voters in three Columbus County towns will get to decide Tuesday on an item some town officials believe could help the economy -- the selling of liquor drinks.

People living in Fair Bluff, Chadbourn, and Tabor City will vote on whether to allow restaurants to sell liquor drinks.  Town officials in Tabor City say, since some people have inquired about the ban of liquor sales at restaurants, they want the decision to be up to voters. 

The current Mayor of Fair Bluff has said, some restaurant owners have shown interest in opening  an establishment in town if selling liquor was allowed.

During the summer thousands of people drive through all three towns heading to beaches in South Carolina, which is why Fax Rector the Mayor of Chadbourn hopes the referendum passes.

If the referendum in his town passes, it will give town officials another recruiting tool to try and bring in an upscale restaurant, according to Rector.

"410 is jammed on the weekends, and we would like to capitalize on that," said Rector. "We feel that if we had liquor by the drink, and somebody came in and look at putting in a Chili's or any other chain restaurant this would be a good location."

Rector tells us, since the liquor referendum can only be voted on during odd years, if it doesn't pass, officials can't put it on the ballot again until 2015.

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