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Stone Co. residents skeptical of new alcohol referendum

As it currently stands, Stone County is dry with the exception of beer and light wine sales in the City of Wiggins. (Photo source: WLOX) As it currently stands, Stone County is dry with the exception of beer and light wine sales in the City of Wiggins. (Photo source: WLOX)
STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

In November, Stone County residents took to the polls and voted to pass a referendum ending prohibition in the county. Now, some residents aren't so sure the referendum was all they thought it would be.

As it currently stands, Stone County is dry with the exception of beer and light wine sales in the City of Wiggins. Once the referendum goes into effect, liquor will also be sold in the city limits.

The county will also see a change, but that will not include the sale of alcohol. The new law will allow residents in the county to possess liquor, but not beer and light wine.

Unless a business outside the City of Wiggins acquires a resort status, it will not be allowed to sell alcohol.

Some voters are frustrated with this, saying they were misled to believe that alcohol sales would be permitted throughout the county once the referendum took effect.

According to Wiggins Mayor Joel Miles, the city's portion of the referendum will take effect after a notice has run in the local newspaper for 30 days. He said that notice will likely be published next week.

Jonathan Brannan will have more on the story and reactions from Stone County residents later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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