History was made the Stanly County town of Locust as Assistant Police Chief Frank Hartsell purchased the first legal bottle of malt liquor in the city.
After making the purchase, which was part of the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for the city's new ABC store, Hartsell then donated the bottle to the Locust Historical Society and Museum.
The store opening came after residents of Locust voted in February to allow the sale of alcohol within the city limits.
“I want to thank the people of this town who came out and voted for the alcohol referendum. They are the ones who made this possible,” said Joe Bishop, chairman of the Locust ABC board.
Locust Mayor Harold Greene, along with members of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce and the state ABC board from Raleigh, attended the ribbon cutting.
“I want to thank the city for voting for the sale of alcohol. Now the dollars our residents spend on alcohol can stay in the city and benefit us,” Greene said. Stanly News & Press