Por­terdale land­slides

Vot­ers fa­vor Chap­man, dis­tilled spir­its by the drink

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Tyler Smith

In a land­slide, Ar­line Chap­man was elected to the Por­terdale City Coun­cil Tues­day beat­ing out three other can­di­dates.

Chap­man re­ceived 116 votes, Wayne Mad­dox fin­ished sec­ond with 42 votes, James Himes re­ceived 25 votes and Jack Loyd tal­lied 11.

“I want to thank the peo­ple of Por­terdale and es­pe­cially those who helped with my cam­paign,” Chap­man said. “And I think ev­ery­one should be proud that all the can­di­dates ran a fair and straight­for­ward cam­paign. They should all be com­mended for that.”

Himes con­grat­u­lated Chap­man af­ter her vic­tory and said he was sure she would do an ex­cel­lent job in her new role.

“We need ac­count­abil­ity down there (in the city coun­cil),” Himes said. “I know she will do a good job. If I wasn’t run­ning, I would have voted for her my­self.”

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing word of her elec­tion, Chap­man promised to stay true to her plat­form of con­trolled res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial growth, pre­serv­ing Por­terdale’s his­tory and fis­cal ac­count­abil­ity on all lev­els.

“We need to look to the fu­ture,” Chap­man said. “I am go­ing to stick with my prom­ises and help this com­mu­nity for­ward.”

Though he is happy for Chap­man, Himes promised he would seek a po­si­tion dur­ing the next elec­tion.

Por­terdale also voted 132 to 55 Tues­day to al­low the sale of dis­tilled spir­its by the drink for on-premises con­sump­tion.

The ref­er­en­dum was the last in a se­ries of mea­sures which were de­signed to re­lieve re­stric­tions on the sale of al­co­hol within Por­terdale city lim­its.

Last Novem­ber, Por­terdale cit­i­zens voted to ap­prove the Sun­day sale of beer and wine by the glass. The same month, the Por­terdale City Coun­cil voted to ex­tend the hours a restau­rant can serve al­co­hol on Fri­day and Satur­day nights to 1:45 a.m. Beer and wine could pre­vi­ously only be sold un­til mid­night.

Wal­ter Davis, owner and de­vel­oper of the Por­terdale Mill Lofts, pre­vi­ously said he hoped the sale of dis­tilled spir­its would help at­tract a large restau­rant to the empty 4,000square foot restau­rant space in the Loft.

Himes agreed with Davis’ as­sess­ment.

“ That’s go­ing to do a lot of good for the com­mu­nity,” Himes said of the ref­er­en­dum. “ We’ve got to get the foun­da­tion of Por­terdale back on track so when the econ­omy straight­ens out, the city will be in good shape.”

Chap­man said she at­tempted to stay away from the is­sue dur­ing her cam­paign, but she was sat­is­fied with the re­sults.

“I know this has been an emo­tional and re­li­gious is­sue and I re­spect ev­ery­one’s be­liefs,” Chap­man said. “There are some eco­nomic ad­van­tages to be­ing able to serve al­co­hol in the restau­rants. A lot of peo­ple might want to have a cock­tail be­fore their meal and now they can.”

Jimbo’s Grill at the Mill is ex­pected to be among the area restau­rants to serve the dis­tilled spir­its to cus­tomers.

Robby Byrd/The Cov­ing­ton News

Check­ing in: Justin Adams, left, signs in with poll work­ers Edith Camp and Lot­tie John­son on Tues­day at Por­terdale Bap­tist Church, the site of pres­i­den­tial pri­mary vot­ing. Vot­ing for the Por­terdale spe­cial elec­tion took place at the Por­terdale Fire De­part­ment.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Out to the polls: Vot­ers file into the Amer­i­can Le­gion New­ton County Post 2938 polling place to cast their bal­lots on Su­per Tues­day.

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