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Bullitt County considering expanding alcohol sales to Sunday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The open sign is starting to dim at Little Rick's Neighborhood Bar and Grill.

"I'm struggling here trying to keep us alive," said owner Richard Clark.

But Clark has all the right ingredients. Located off I-65 in Lebanon Junction, people are passing his place for bars that can sell alcohol on Sunday.

"We're a sports bar," Clark said, "and Sunday is the biggest sports day for football and a lot of basketball and we're missing out on it."

The bar spends thousands of dollars during football season so customers can watch the game, but without alcohol that money goes down the drain.

"The last two years it hasn't paid off because we haven't been able to get the crowd in to watch football," said Clark.

State law does not give Lebanon Junction authority to allow alcohol sales, so Clark turned to the county in desperation.

"I'm not making any money here," Clark said. "I'm keeping it alive, that's all I'm doing."

"I'm really not an advocate for drinking alcohol; however, you have to put that aside and decide what is better for the county and for the people," said Hon. Ruthie Ashbaugh, Bullitt County Magistrate.

Bullitt County Fiscal Court is considering opening Sunday alcohol sales to all businesses from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Members are voting on this issue Tuesday but there is still some opposition.

"Mr. Bradshaw will not vote for it because he is an associate pastor of his church," said Ashbaugh.

But Clark says it's an economic decision. The county needs to stay in line with the times.

"It's not something new, it's just something new to Bullitt County," said Ashbaugh.

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