Piner voters choose to stay "dry" in wet/dry special election

05/09/2017 08:00 PM

PINER – An attempt which would have allowed a store owner in the small Kenton County town of Piner to sell alcohol at his small grocery has failed.

Tuesday’s special election saw 170 votes cast at the Piner Baptist Church with 93 voting against the proposal to allow the sale of alcohol in the precinct, and 77 voting in favor.

In 2016, Sam Pastal, owner of the Corner Market, applied for, and received a liquor license so that he could sell alcohol as his store, Corner Market.

It was later determined that Kentucky’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) made a mistake in issuing an alcohol license because the location of the market was designated “dry” following a special election in 1937, and Pastal had to return his liquor license and quit selling beer.

The Piner precinct is the only precinct in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties that bans the sale of alcohol.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at


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