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March 21, 2006

It failed twice before, but a referendum to allow liqour by the drink sales in Cordele passed easily tonight.

Beer and wine are already available at restaurants, but liqour is only sold at package stores.

That will change after city leaders set license fees and other regulations.

More than two thirds of voters said yes to the referendum.

It passed 648 to 315.

More special election results. Lee Countians overwhelmingly voted to set aside a big chunk of change for schools.

An education SPLOST referendum passed by a ten to one margin.

It will raise about $35 million for such projects as a new Ninth Grade Academy and a new Twin Oaks Elementary.

Tift County voters also approved a sales tax extension -- 1688 yes votes to only 313 nos.

It will pay for improvements to the water system, construction of a Chula fire station, and road and bridge projects.

In Irwin County, only 17 people voted against a sales tax referendum that will pay for improvements to roads, bridges, the courthouse, and the landfill.

Some Colquitt County voters will have to go back to the polls in three weeks.

In the three person race for the District 6 County commission seat, no one got a majority.

Ray Gene Williams and Johnny Hardin will face off again in a runoff on April 18th.

And a new Sylvester city council member will be sworn in tomorrow.

Randy Hill took about 63 percent of the vote for the Sylvester Ward 2 council seat, defeating Luke Miller.

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