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Stone County becomes wet county

To be clear, residents will be allowed to possess beer, wine and liquor anywhere in the county, but the sale of adult beverages will only be allowed in the City of Wiggins. (Photo source: WLOX) To be clear, residents will be allowed to possess beer, wine and liquor anywhere in the county, but the sale of adult beverages will only be allowed in the City of Wiggins. (Photo source: WLOX)
Wednesday morning, city officials were able to recount the ballots and officially make the county wet. (Photo source: WLOX) Wednesday morning, city officials were able to recount the ballots and officially make the county wet. (Photo source: WLOX)
STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

As of Wednesday, Stone County is no longer a dry county. Due to a computer glitch Tuesday, votes had to be counted by hand.

The unofficial results showed a majority of voters were in favor of the decision to bring the county out from under the state's alcohol prohibition law. 

Wednesday morning, city officials were able to recount the ballots and officially make the county wet. Residents say they are ready to see their small town of Wiggins grow.

"It's an opportunity for business, an opportunity for jobs," Wiggins resident Frank Darby said.

Darby said it's a good thing that both money and time will be spent in the county rather than other towns.

"They go right down the road 10 miles to the liquor store to get whatever they need and come back. Or they go right up across the county line to the sports bar up there. If they're going to drink, they're going to drink. There's nothing you can do to stop them from coming here," Darby said.

The owner of the Butcher Block, located off Highway 49, said he couldn't agree more.

"When I purchased this property, I stood on this very property and looked around and said that one day this would be the City of Wiggins. Different strip malls have been built since I've been here, and with the law being passed with the selling of alcohol, it has the opportunity to bring in these bigger businesses, companies and corporations," Travis Beall said.

As Stone County continues to grow and develop, residents say they expect even more growth and development now that the county is wet.

"I think people have come to the conclusion that for this city to move forward and to grow, we need this," Beall said.

To be clear, residents will be allowed to possess beer, wine and liquor anywhere in the county, but the sale of adult beverages will only be allowed in the City of Wiggins.

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