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JONESVILLE, N.C. -- An alcohol referendum could be put on the November ballot for residents in the Yadkin County town of Jonesville. It's an issue that has been struck down by voters before in 1999 and again in 2006.

Yadkin County legalized the sale of wine in 2006, including Jonesville, but the sale of malt beverages, ABC stores and mixed drinks remain illegal in the town limits.

"I just don't approve of it," said resident Renee Comer. "It leads to drinking and driving and people out here killing people and I just don't approve of it."

Tourism officials plan to ask town leaders to place it on the November ballot. If passed tourism officials say it will lure more stores and restaurants along the I-77 exits.

"You are going to get people who are just passing through and they are going to stop and get them something to eat, it will help out the economy locally," said Yadkin County resident Marcelina Edwards. "It diffidently is going to build up the business aspect of everything and it will bring more people in."

Town leaders may discuss the issue at their town hall meeting on August 7. A vote to put the referendum on the ballot could come on August 12.