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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - As the Sunday alcohol sales debate continues throughout the state, one South Georgia town is still working to allow sales Monday through Saturday.
Pavo has historically been a dry town, but at a recent meeting, the city council voted to add an alcohol referendum to the November ballot.
With a population of around 700, the city of Pavo is divided by a county line between Brooks and Thomas Counties.
And just like many towns across the country, the city was hit hard by the economic recession.
That's one reason why residents will soon have the opportunity to vote for the sale of beer and wine.
"I feel like it would bring more revenue. Maybe people from other local cities that are dry as well. I also feel like people won't have to drive so far to get alcohol because they are going to drink no matter what," said Pavo Resident Kristin Martinez.
Martinez says she understands why some folks are against the idea. "I think for religious reasons that people are against it. Some of the community members really love this town because it is a dry town. That's why they choose to stay here."
But Martinez says this decision could ultimately decide the city's fate. "As the future progresses and the children grow up and get older and the young adults are growing up that do drink, they might go elsewhere. As opposed to us selling alcohol and people staying here and maybe building up the community a lot more than what it is right now."
The owner of Nix's Service Station declined to talk on camera, but says even if the referendum passes, he will never sell alcohol in his store.
He says his business has been able to survive in Pavo for 30 years and will continue to survive without beer and wine.
Voters in Pavo will decide the alcohol referendum on November 6th, the same day we go to the polls to vote for president.