Gastonia Gaston Gazette, March 12, 1995

Gastonia Gaston Gazette

March 12, 1995

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Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 12, 1995, Gastonia, North Carolina Hornets dump Miami Heat, Page 1D The Gaston SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 1995 ONE DOLLAR North Carolina.. Maryland....... brest......77 Title f^ü^ Wake Forest vs. 3 p,m= today TV: Channel 3 NC^ Tournament Pairings .y/ 6 p.m. Channel 3 and ESPN Nominee Expanded coverage begins, PAGE ID A»MClat«d PrMs Wake coach Dave Odom fire« up taam. MIXED DRINK VOTE Craig Bell/The Gazette Chafin Rhyne of Ride-A-Bike supports mixed drink vote. Craig BellAhe Gazette Jim IVIarcum of Boger City Free Will Baptist opposes vote. Gastonia's '85 vote drew fans, foes and a lot of voters By Nancy Moore Gazette Staff Reporter GASTONIA - Traditional factions and rhetoric dominated Gastonia's 1985 successful mixed drink referendum, which offers a lesson for both sides in Lincolnton's upcoming vote. Many business executives and young people supported the sale of mixed drinks. The religious community and many older people opposed it. Both sides worked extremely hard to deliver their message and then get their voters to the polls Sept. 24,1985. Fourteen thousand people voted - about twice the number who would vote in the municipal election that year. Supporters argued mixed drink sales would encourage moderation in alcohol consumption and bring idyllic economic growth — restaurants, motels, hotels and a civic center. Opponents used prayer and scripture and envisioned bars springing up on every corner if the referendum passed. Neither prediction has been fulfilled entirely. Please see GAST0NIA/7A DATES IN ALCOHOL HISTORY ■ 1935: North Carolina repeals prohibition and sets up alcohol beverage control system. ■ 1967: Gastonia and Uncolnton voters approve ABC stores. State allows people in counties with ABC stores to carry bottles into restaurants in brown bags. ■ 1969: Bessemer City voters approve ABC stores. ■ 1992: Belmont rejeds olcohol drinks. OTHER MIXED DRINK ELECTION OUTCOMES ■ 1971:! allows Mecklenburg voten to break the state's prohibition on mixed drinks soles, but courts ride it's on illegol exception. ■ 1973: Defeat in statewide vote on local-option mixed drink eledion. ■ 1978: Legislation posses General Assanibly to oHow dties or counties to coH for mixed drink votes or receive petitions from citizens to require votes. Mecklenburg isfirsttoopproveonSept.S. ■ 1981:Cherryville voters approve ABC stores. ■ 1985: Gastonia voters approve mixed drink sales. ■ 1987: Kings Mountain voters approve ABC stores. US MMklmburg County: 1978 Conover: 1980 Hickory: 1980 Gastonia: 1985 StatesvHI«: 1986 Ntwfon: 1990 Sholby: 1993 Monro«: 1993* Concorè 1994* Rutborfordton: 1991 Woxhaw: 1993 'Previously ilaf«o(ed I noi 10 snr iM shQw for mixed drinks in 1992. in 0 closely fought battle that left people ongry. Pago 8A For Gostonia, the opprovol of a mixed drink referendum in 1985 hos brought with it new restaurants. Pago 8A A mixed drink referendum in Concord continues to divide dty residents. Pago 9A Jane LoveTTha Qaietta Campaigns form on both sides of Uncolnton vote By Leslie Weaver Gazette Staff Reporter LINCOLNTON - For some, it's a saving grace to the economy. For others, it's moral bankruptcy. Lincolnton voters will decide on March 21 whether to bring mixed drink sales to Lincolnton. The campaigns for and against couldn't be more different. Opponents are packing pews and planning rallies while supporters work behind the scenes, quietly lining up votes. Downtown business owners believe the referendum will bring restaurants and jobs to Lincolnton and provide a better tax base for the city. "There will never be quality restaurants in this town as long as there's no mixed drink sales," said supporter Michael Dick. Opponents don't deny it will bring business, but they wonder whether it's the kind of business the city wants. Lincolnton is surrounded by neighboring cities that have approved similar initiatives: • Gastonia passed liquor by the drink in 1985. Since then restaurant chains — Chili's, Hayden's, Chi-Chi's, Longhorn Steaks Restaurant and Saloon, T-Bones Steakhouse and Please see MIXED/8A Clinton quickly picks new nnan after first choice backs out WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving quickly to minimize damage from the administration's latest personnel problem. President Clinton nominated Deputy Defense Secretary John Deutch as CIA director on Saturday. Hours earlier, Clinton's first nominee, retired Air Force Gen. Michael P.C. Cams, decided to withdraw after acknowledging errors in helping a Filipino worker obtain a visa. Deutch, a scientist known as a shrewd political adviser and demanding administrator, had resisted earlier Clinton overtures to take command of the CIA at a time when its entire mission is under Cams review by a presidential commission. He relented during an Oval Office meeting Friday evening. "In John Deutch, we have a dynamic, brilliant leader with all the necessary skills for this crucial assignment — and my highest trust and confidence," Clinton said in a written statement. To ease Deutch's concerns that he would have limited access to the president as CLA. director, Clinton promised to make Deutch a member of the Cabinet if he is confirmed. "I appreciate the confidence the president has shown by selecting me," Deutch said in statement. "My only regret is the prospect of leaving the great military and civilian team in the Department of Defense." The president's low-key announcement of the Deutch nomination offered a contrast to the crowded Roosevelt Room ceremony at which Cams was nominated for the Please see CtA/2ASix missing as cars plunge from bridge in California flooding COALINGA, Calif. (AP) - Search teams flew over a flood-swollen creek in central California on Saturday to look for six people missing after a bridge collapsed and their cars plunged into the swirling waters. One body was spotted before the search was abandoned because of threatening weather. The 100-foot section of Interstate 5 sank Friday night as California endured another in a series of gale-force Pacific storms that have left at least six dead, thousands homeless and 34 counties declared disaster areas. Evacuations continued in Northern California's Monterey County, where the Salinas and Carmel rivers flooded, cutting bridges and stranding residents in low-lying areas. Rain subsided in the region as the storm moved south. Please see FLOODING/2A INDEX Arts/9C Lifestyle/1-1OC Business/ 4-6B Movies/ 5D Classified/ 8E-4F Obituaries/ 88 Comics/ insert Opinion/ 2-38 Crossword/ 8C School menus/ 98 Home/1-4E Sports/1-12D Hometown/18 Television/ Insert • • • • • 9 sections/142 pagesCall us Gastonia/864-3291 Uncolnton/735-4616 Charlotte/825-5158 Fax/867-6988 "review of todoy's Purobtor SOO'n O The Gazette is a recyclable product.Delightful High 71 Low 45* Details/2A Coming Monday: Is Marcia Clark a bad mother? ;

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