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'Alcohol Expo' is a Go

The much-protested Hickory Liquor and Wine was approved in a 3-2 vote by the Holly Springs City Council tonight.

Update: 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday

Kyle Whitaker, Karen Barnett and Michael Zenchuk voted to approve the alcohol store while Jeremy Smith and Dee Phillips opposed. 

Original Report

This fight isn't over.

About 100 people and five churches came to the meeting tonight to protest the approval of a liquor license for Hickory Liquor & Wine Co. to be located at 6115 Hickory Flat Highway. 

Earlier this month, Mark Farist, a teacher, saying it was too close to schools, teen hangouts and his house.

For this meeting, Farist called members from his church, who called members of other churches to come to the meeting and wear "NO" stickers and hold "What would Jesus do?" signs.

Others protested on grounds that this would turn people into alcoholics. Bud Rolander, a New Hope Baptist Church member, said his father was an alcoholic. 

"I don't want to see anyone in that shape, especially around a high school," Rolander said. 

Their campaign started at the door by handing out stickers for those who opposed opening a store. When the council voted to approve the license, the crowd erupted into talking with shouts like "That greedy son-of-a-gun" and "I'm glad I don't live in this city."

Others gathered out front after the meeting, standing on the planters to organize the next step which may include getting an injunction from a judge. 

But is there any substance to their argument? 

The vote was swift, but Farist was handing out copies of a letter from his lawyer, David L. Walker, Jr., to City Attorney Bobby Dyer. 

In the letter, Walker said the letter is in an inappropriate location and that the applicant misled the public by not posting that they wanted to occupy several suites, more than 8,000 square feet of retail space.

That back room of no-voters spoke in sheer numbers that they wouldn't be quieted so easily. In the flash meeting outside City Hall, protestors were organizing Facebook groups and contact lists.

Other than that, the newest city council member was sworn in.

Welcome to Holly Springs,

Mike November 22, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Maybe we should protest restaurants and fast food because of obesity, thats a good approach? Lets discourage businesses from opening because it doesnt fit in with our personal beliefs. I forgot our country was founded on The right to choose.
Jessie Gable November 22, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Mike, if you used that logic wouldn't we also have to protest strip clubs that lead to sex addiction?
Gary November 27, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Sorry, Bud Rolander, but just because dad couldn't exercise moderation and made poor choices regarding alcohol doesn't mean we should discourage the freedom of personal choice. Don't let your bad apples ruin it for the rest of us. "I'm glad I don't live in this city." Wait, so they carted in the generally embarrassing "drink is the devil" goofballs from outside the area in an attempt to tell the local residents how they should live? Abhorrent behavior, really, I'm glad they don't live in this city, too.
Jessie Gable November 28, 2011 at 02:06 PM
That was a big shock for me, Gary. I've never seen residents who don't live in a city care so much about the happenings within another city.
Dave November 29, 2011 at 02:48 PM
This group of religious fanatics trying to keep a legal business out of the city DO NOT even live in the city. This teacher/coach (Farist) is a NUT case and has admitted he does not want this business to open because it will devalue his home. He no more cares about it for kids than the man in the moon. I live in the city and I sure am glad he doesn't. And like a drunk or alcoholic won't drive less than 3 miles down to the road to get his drink on. I for one am glad this Council did not fold to the mob mentality of trying to keep a legitimate business from opening. Now Farist maybe it is a good idea you move further out before it opens! FINALLY A GROUP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO DON'T ALLOW THE RELIGIOUS FANATICS TO CONTROL LEGAL AND PROPER DECISIONS. Thank You Holly Springs!
Dave November 29, 2011 at 08:49 PM
The religious overloaders preach what they feel others should do and how others should live. Well I don't ever remember protesters on the other side ever demanding a church not be built or a sermon not be preached yet these type religious groups want to push their agenda on us. This is one reason we don't have legalized gambling in this state. When the Sunday Alcohol Sales was put to the voters it passed overwhelmingly! Now instead of listening to all the PREACHERS put legalizing Gambling to the voters. IT TOO WILL PASS OVERWHELMINGLY!!! And then guess what, The State of Georgia will solve the budget crunch in just a year. As well we won't be taxed, taxed, and taxed to build schools, prisons, hire troopers, etc. Go to Church if you wish but STOP using your church as a sounding board on how I should live or not live....IT OFFENDS ME AND IT CERTAINLY IS NOT VERY CHRISTIAN!!!

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