Liquor by the Drink wins in the Courthouse District

Kerry Underwood (left), Locust Grover Supervisor Lauren Yoder and Floyd Vice Mayor Karen Bingtham outside of Courthouse polling place on Election Day.
Kerry Underwood (left), Locust Grover Supervisor Lauren Yoder and Floyd Vice Mayor Karen Bingtham outside of Courthouse polling place on Election Day.

After a referendum vote that wasn’t even close, residents of the Courthouse District may soon purchase and sip a mixed drink of their choice at on of their favorite restaurants in and around the town of Floyd.

The vote in Courthouse District was 544 for the referendum and 342 against.  Courthouse now joins the Little River District as the two areas of Floyd County that now allow mixed drinks.  At the moment, only Ray’s Restaurant on U.S. 221 north in Little River allows sale of mixed drinks.

In the U.S. Senate Race, Republican Ed Gillespie beat Democratic incumbent Mark Warner 55.37 percent to 40.87 percent in the county.  Warner, however, carried the Courthouse District 51.92 percent to 43.89 percent.  Warner also won in absentee ballots, 51.37 percent to 45.49 percent.

Warner, locked in a tight race against Gillespie, declared victory by a margin is just over 17,000 votes statewide: 1,072,487 to 1,060,337.  Gillespie, who has not conceded, can request a recount and probably will.  Libertarian Robert Sarvis had 53,594 votes.

Warner trailed most of the night, down 10 percent points or more at some times.  Results of Northern Virginia and other metro areas made the difference in the final tallies.

Oddfellas Cantina co-owner Kerry Underwood, one of the driving forces of the move to bring mixed drinks to the bars and restaurant tables of Floyd, thanks those who turned out and supported the effort.

Underwood said the move could also bring a Virginia ABC Store to the town.

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