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Local liquor statutes remain confusing

The staff editorial is the majority opinion of The Murray State News Editorial Board.

Katie Wilborn/The News

Katie Wilborn/The News

Not being allowed to buy alcohol on Sunday, bars closing early on weekends and not being able to buy wine at the grocery store are just a few of the requirements outlined in Murray’s liquor laws.

Our liquor laws make it feel like we’re playing a game of chess because we have to strategize when we are going to buy alcohol  instead of just trying to enjoy our “wet” status. We were excited to exercise our new freedoms when the vote passed to legalize packaged liquor sales in 2012, but some old laws still get in the way.

Not only does is this an annoyance, but it hinders local businesses. Bars have to push out waves of customers as early as 1 a.m. Bar-goers are forced out the door before it’s technically Sunday. Popular local restaurants like Nick’s Sports Pub and Mr. J’s Grill and Pub close entirely on Sunday, losing a day’s worth of revenue because of these conditions.

We joined a Kentucky minority when we legalized packaged liquor sales. There are currently 32 wet counties in the state, 39 dry counties and 49 moist counties. Unfortunately, this means the influence of dry counties still affects how we regulate liquor sales. For example, if a county decides to vote wet, a precinct in the city can conduct a re-vote to return to dry status. If a county is voted dry, there is no possibility of a re-vote to go to wet status.

It seems that our laws are tailored to manipulate counties into going dry. Counties that vote wet are subjected to a confusing array of stipulation laws that leave us wondering what we can and can’t do.

It’s city law that restaurants who serve alcohol must have 70 percent of their revenue come from food sales and only 30 percent of their revenue come from liquor sales. Operating this way seems unreasonable because of the college community that enjoys drinking at bars.

The stiff penalties that restaurants face if they don’t comply is unfair, seeing as customers choose what they want to order.

To make this situation more of a headache, there isn’t a revised list of Murray’s liquor laws available online for people who don’t understand them. The city’s website has not been updated since the vote passed in 2012 and the only information available regarding liquor is a business application for a liquor license. We hear what we can and can’t do through word of mouth, but the statutes are hard to find.

Piecemeal liquor laws aren’t just a problem in Murray. Kentucky’s statewide liquor laws are largely in conflict with each other. Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Charles Leibson described Kentucky’s liquor laws as “a maze of obscure statutory language,” whose meanings were “anybody’s guess.” If politicians can’t decipher our laws, then how can we be expected to?

The politics behind our laws should be put aside so we can make sure our local businesses have a better chance to succeed. The question of whether or not selling packaged liquor was “the right thing to do,” has already been addressed. It was answered when we decided it should be legal. To dilute the process with unorganized jargon is annoying, counterproductive and worth reconsideration.

We can no longer ignore that liquor is a source of city revenue. According to the Alcoholic Beverage Control quarterly report, 46 Murray establishments yielded $301,824 in revenue for the city from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. This is money we shouldn’t push away and it has potential to grow.

Whether the laws were created with moral or religious intentions is uncertain, but we have to consider changing them if we want to see Murray continue to attract business and create revenue.

During a time of heavy commercialization and growth, Murray should revisit its standing liquor laws. If that’s out of the question for now, let’s at least make our laws transparent.

Parks finances falter, board remains hopeful

January 23, 2015 News, Slider Featured stories
Hannah Fowl/The News Murray’s Central Park is one of the parks affected by the financial strain. The pool in Central Park leaks approximately 9,000 gallons per day and requires an inspection and fix that could total more than $60,000.

Hannah Fowl/The News
Murray’s Central Park is one of the parks affected by the financial strain. The pool in Central Park leaks approximately 9,000 gallons per day and requires an inspection and fix that could total more than $60,000.

The maintenance crew for the Murray-Calloway County Parks System has been cut in half as the months turn colder and their funding dries up.

Tab Brockman, parks director for the parks system, said normally they would have only laid off one or two employees but the cutbacks saved the park board thousands of dollars.

“We’ve been forced to scale back its employees to an absolute skeleton crew because of financial challenges the parks board is facing,” he said.

The sting of the failed park referendum tax voted on last November may be soothed by a constitutional amendment proposed to the Kentucky General Assembly, which would allow for communities to enforce a tax for specific projects.

The amendment, called LIFT, or Local Investments For Transformations, is a local-option sales tax that would give local communities a chance to create a new revenue for specific projects by raising the sales tax in that community up to one penny on every dollar.

Proponents say the tax increase would expire once the designated project is completed.

Judge Executive Larry Elkins said although there isn’t a tax proposal in the works to affect the parks system in Murray-Calloway County, the local option sales tax might be an option for the parks in the future.

Brockman

Brockman

Even if lawmakers in Frankfort, Ky., approved LIFT this spring, it would go to ballot in November 2016 for voters to ratify.  If voters approve the constitutional change, it would allow for communities like Murray to raise the sales tax for a specific project, but 2018 is the earliest it could take effect.

The new revenue would be dedicated to funding specific projects that the community picks and would not go into a city’s or county’s general fund, according to the LIFT Kentucky website, which is run by proponents of the local option sales tax.

Brockman said updating the parks could be a project Murray would choose and would be up to the community.

“There is nothing imminent about additional revenue for the parks,” Elkins said. “The parks board will continue to identify and fix problems just as they always have in order to have a nice park with the revenues they already have.”

THE PARKS AFTER THE ELECTION

The Murray-Calloway County parks system includes two parks, Chestnut Park, Central Park and a soccer complex.

The oldest of the three, Chestnut Park, is 70 years old.  Central Park is about 40 years old and Bee Creek Soccer Complex is about 30 years old.

“We have to deal with maintenance problems that come with aging,” Brockman said. “The normal wear and tear on parks that happen.”

The first priority of parks management is to have the condition of the community pool in Central Park assessed.

Park employees have suspected for several years that the 40-year-old pool has been leaking and a 2010 study verified the damage existed. The pool leaks about 9,000 gallons of water a day, according to the report.

“Additional meter reading evaluations last year indicate the leaking is getting progressively worse and have escalated over the last three years,” Brockman said.

The condition of the ground beneath the pool has yet to be evaluated.

The parks board has secured three estimates ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 to get the pool inspected, but a decision has not been made.

“We will have to come up with a creative way to finance that because it is not within our budget,” he said.

FINDING ANOTHER WAY

Brockman said the park referendum tax failed simply because voters preferred to exhaust other funding options before agreeing to a tax increase.

“The good thing that came out of the election is that the community is more aware of the needs of the park,” he said. “Folks know that there are things that need to be addressed.”

He said since the election, the parks board has developed tax-refundable opportunities for community members to donate to the parks through the Murray-Calloway County Community Foundation and redbasket.org.

Redbasket.org is a non-profit organization that allows individuals to donate time or money directly to local people or projects that need help, according to its website. 

The profile on redbasket.org for the Murray-Calloway County parks shows that $705 of $60,000 has been raised through donations with 48 days remaining in the time frame given. 

The $60,000 is required to cover the cost of the pool inspection and create an emergency maintenance fund.

Even if the goal of $60,000 is not met, the project will receive the money that has been donated to them.

“We are always in fundraising mode,” Brockman said. “And we find ourselves there all the time.”

Story by Mari-Alice Jasper, Assistant News Editor

Seasons come and seasons go, but basketball is forever

November 7, 2014 Athletics, Sports Columns

Basketball season is here. And I am not ashamed to admit that I feel in no way, shape or form prepared.

Racer basketball brings life to Murray for four months of the year, although some might say it provides a shining beacon of hope for us all year long.

Here I am with the task of covering one of the hugest forms of entertainment and sources of income for the University. No pressure, right?

I feel lots of pressure. The season completely snuck up on me.

It feels like just yesterday the football team was kicking off for the first time in 2014 against Union College on that warm Thursday night. It was just three months ago that I watched a football game from a press box for the very first time, yet somehow last week I found myself sitting courtside with the local media for Racer Mania, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as CFSB came back to life for the first time since the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Soon, I will write about the best tradition in basketball this season. I’ll be the one filling in students with weekly stories and live tweets.

Me, the girl who hasn’t played basketball since seventh grade. The girl who admittedly doesn’t watch or know enough about college basketball.

Oh, and I can’t forget that our men are ranked No. 1 in the conference. Or that Cameron Payne is the OVC Preseason Player of the Year and on the 2015 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List.

Needless to say, I’m a little nervous. But I’m also excited. More than excited, really. And you should be excited, too.

This year’s team has unreal amounts of potential. While I can talk about it in my column, I promise to put the fan in me to the side and cover the team in a fair manner all season long.

With Payne leading the team at point and seasoned veterans T.J. Sapp and Jarvis Williams holding down the court, there’s no limit to what these guys will accomplish. And we get to follow along and grow with them throughout the whole journey.

If you missed the CIT last year, I feel so sorry for you. If you were lucky enough to experience the team’s run in 2011-12, I’m extremely jealous of you. If the thought of this season doesn’t bring joy to your hearts, you go to the wrong school.

Basketball is the essence of athletics here, and believe it or not, the reason many students choose to attend Murray State. We’ve been named the 52nd best program of all time, we’re ranked by ESPN as the 30th best program in the country, and we’ve had five-straight 20-win seasons and 27-straight winning seasons.

I have so many feels about this season. This column makes that painfully obvious. Like I said, I’m both nervous and excited. But something else underlies all of it.

When I watch the men’s team practice or even see the way they connect  with each other in front of the media during interviews, I see greatness. I might be wrong, but I think they’ll find huge success this season. And I’ll be courtside the whole time, doing my best to make sure you feel like you’re right there with me.

So bear with me as we start this season together. I may be just a journalist with a fan suppressed on the inside, but I see big things coming.

Column by Mallory Tucker, Sports Editor

Rose wins Murray mayor by 149 votes

November 7, 2014 News
File Photo Jack Rose was elected Murray mayor Tuesday night during the midterm elections. He will replace Bill Wells.

File Photo
Jack Rose was elected Murray mayor Tuesday night during the midterm elections. He will replace Bill Wells.

Less than 200 votes determined the winner of Murray’s mayoral election Tuesday night. Voters chose Jack Rose to replace Mayor Bill Wells with a difference of only 149 ballots.

Rose, former professor in the department of educational studies, was the only candidate running against Wells. Rose will take his position at the beginning of January.

“Well, I feel very honored and humbled by the support,” Rose said. “Unseating an incumbent who’s been there just one term isn’t easy.”

As the precinct numbers came in, Wells and Rose said they weren’t sure who would take the mayoral seat this year.

“It was a rollercoaster,” Wells said. “I was up by 21 or something, then it changed.”

Wells said although he was surprised he came in second this year, he’s proud of the campaign he ran. He served 20 years on the Murray City Council before he ran for mayor four years ago.

He noted the accomplishments Murray has received since he became mayor, including being named the Friendliest Small Town in America by USA TODAY and lifting the ban on packaged liquor in Murray.

“I will always be happy about the positive campaign I ran,” Wells said. “I really hope for the best in Murray.”

Audrey Kellett, senior from Murray, said she was surprised Wells was not re-elected. Kellett said she voted for Wells because she knew he was mayor for several years and didn’t know either candidates’ political stance. She said in hindsight, she wishes she voted for Rose.

“I don’t really have a problem with the way things were going in Murray,” she said. “But (Rose) would be a new person and bring in new, fresh ways of doing things that might help improve the city.”

Rose worked for Murray State for 23 years before retiring in July 2014. Rose also served as the Faculty Regent at Murray State and resigned in March 2013.

As mayor, Rose said he hopes to have a true open-door policy. He said he’s received several complaints that in the past that it’s been difficult to contact the mayor. He also wants to hold open meetings where Murray citizens and groups can voice their opinions about issues in the city.

The most important item on Rose’ agenda so far is getting a handle on Murray’s budget. He wants to start attracting new sources of revenue to the city.

“Right now, we’re not getting as many new businesses and industries as we could,” he said.

Caleb Brannon, freshman from Puryear, Tenn., said he knew the race for mayor was going to be close from talking to Murray locals.

“Everybody I talked to was split, so I didn’t know for sure who was going to win,” Brannon said. “I have talked to Wells before and I know he’s a good guy, but what it comes down to basically, I think, is that people wanted change and not just have the same people running the city.”

Story by Lexy GrossStaff writer, and Ben ManhankeStaff writer

Murray resident’s home explosion under investigation

November 7, 2014 News

A Murray resident is in serious but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after his home exploded Sunday night.

Jackie Hernden’s home was left completely incinerated.

An emergency call came between 10:20 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, and Calloway County Fire Rescue arrived on the scene within two minutes of the call.

Calloway County Fire Rescue Chief Thomas Morgan said the house was engulfed in flames and most of the roof was gone when first responders made it to the house on Bethel Road.

“There wasn’t a lot of the house left when they got there,” Morgan said.

It took firemen nearly 10 minutes to tame the house fire  and put out the car also engulfed in flames outside the home.

Foul play is not suspected and the incident is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.

Ricky Gardenhauer, public information officer for the State Fire Marshal, said it is being investigated as an accident.

“Right now it looks like is was just an accident caused by a propane tank,” Gardenhauer said.

He said propane can easily explode if not hooked up correctly.

Calloway County Fire Rescue returned Monday morning to put out hot spots.

“Especially when a building or house is under investigation we go back to put out hotspots and make sure nothing rekindles,” Morgan said.

The State Fire Marshal began its investigation Tuesday morning and a end date has yet to be determined.

Staff Report

Election 2014 Results

November 4, 2014 News

The following are the results of the 2014 election. How do you feel about the results? Send us a letter at letters@thenews.org.

Senate Race – Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes

Kory Savage/The News

Kory Savage/The News

In a quick call by the Associated Press, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has won re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Democrat candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes began to show a significant trail behind McConnell, with numbers ranging in 30 percent of the votes in early reporting.

By 6:30 p.m., McConnell claimed 55 percent of the votes and the win, according to CNN.

In reports from McConnell’s campaign team, Grimes called and conceded to the senator before 7 p.m. and officially declared the loss to McConnell.

For Calloway County, McConnell won 58 percent of the vote to Grimes’ 37 percent.

Watch McConnell’s victory speech here.

Mayoral Race – Bill Wells and Jack Rose

Murray officially has a new mayor: Jack Rose.

Defeating Bill Wells by 149 votes, Rose won the race with 2,237 votes and 51 percent to Wells’ 2,124 votes and 48 percent.

“Well, I feel very honored and humbled by the support,” Rose said of his win. “I want to thank the people that helped me. I thank the people with signs in their yard, the people I encouraged them to vote, family and friends – I had a lot of people helping me.”

Rose said the first thing he will do when officially mayor is to face the budget. He said he wants to look at revenue sources and focus on business and industries in Murray. He also mentioned he plans to focus on getting grants from the state and federal level.

With six precincts reporting by 7:10 p.m., Rose remained ahead of Wells by 58 votes.

In absentee ballot reports from WNBS, Rose showed a slight lead over Mayor Bill Wells from the beginning, with Rose claiming 138 votes and Wells claiming 118.

Park Referendum

Murray-Calloway County’s Referendum did not pass. Final votes were 7,831 votes for no and 4,078 for yes.

Newly elected Mayor Jack Rose said he was not surprised by the results of the referendum, but he said it bring up needs for the park.

“The nickel in my judgement was excessive,” Rose said. “The property value, therefore the tax, will keep going up because we’ll keep growing. The nickel was more than what was needed. People do not have any interest in paying any more taxes right now. I am not surprised, I’ll tell you that up front.”

Judge Larry Elkins said due to the response to the referendum, he said he doubts it will be on the next ballot.

“The voters have spoken,” he said.

Tab Brockman, park director, said the outcome of the election means some reevaluating for the park system, but said he has seen how important it is to Murray.

“Turning down the park referendum means some very serious challenges for the future of the services and facilities offered in our parks,” Brockman said. “The park board will have to evaluate difficult options over the winter. After all the discussion about the parks over the months leading to the election, it has become obvious that the parks are important to the majority of our citizens.”

Brockman said at this point the question still remains as to how the parks department will generate the money needed to repair parts of the park system because challenges still remain.

As of 7:10 p.m., eleven precincts reported and votes stood at an early decider of 3,211 votes for no and 1,748 for yes.

Missed the details? Read our story from Oct. 31.

City Council

S. Jason Pittman – 2,356 votes – 7.38 percent

Danny Hudspeth – 2,228 votes – 6.98 percent

F.T. “Butch” Seargent – 2,211 votes – 6.93 percent

Greg Taylor – 2,010 votes – 6.30 percent

Linda Cherry – 1,941 votes – 6.08 percent

Johnny Bohannon – 1,932 – 6.05 percent

Jeremy Bell – 1,916 votes – 6 percent

Dan Miller – 1,853 votes – 5.81 percent

Burton Young – 1,749 votes – 5.48 percent

Jane Shoemaker – 1,724 votes – 5.40 percent

Robert Billington Jr. – 1,632 votes – 5.11 percent

Pat Scott – 1,577 – 4.94 percent

Two incumbents were unseated: Mike Faihst and Pete Lancaster. They were replaced by Burton Young and Johnny Bohannon.

U.S. Representative – Ed Whitfield won with 58 percent of the vote against Charles Kendall Hatchett.

Property Valuation Administrator – Nikki McMillen Crouch won with 62 percent of the vote against Michael D. Conley.

County Attorney – K. Bryan Ernstberger won with 60 percent of the vote against Ricky Lamkin.

While waiting at the Republican headquarters where winners were announced, K. Bryan Ernstberger was declared winner of county attorney.

“I was very nervous this was my first election,” Ernstberger said. “It was nerve wracking. I was very humbled by the vote count.”

Ernstberger said he will take the next few months to wrap up his private practice, then settle into the county attorney office.

County Clerk – Antonia Dunn Faulkner won with 74 percent of the vote against Steve Stevens.

Sheriff – Sam Steger won with 73 percent of the vote against Gregory Dunning and Gene Dowdy.

Magistrate, 2nd Magisterial District – Tim Todd won with 50 percent of the vote against William “Bill” Duncan.

Magistrate, 3rd Magisterial District – Don Cherry won with 54 percent of the vote against Billy Paul “Bucky” Erwin.

Mayor, City of Hazel – Kerry Vasseur won with 52 percent of the vote against Allison Hillard.

Park referendum may add a five cent tax for improvements

October 31, 2014 News, Slider Featured stories
Jenny Rohl/The News

Jenny Rohl/The News

Trees, trails, T-Ball and … taxes? On Election Day, Calloway County residents will check yes or no on a new tax proposed by the Murray-Calloway County Parks Department.

The referendum up for vote is a proposed tax of five cents for every $100 of taxable assets. That’s $50 for every $100,000 and $500 for every million. Taxable property includes real estate, business inventory, automobiles and farming equipment, among others.

Under the current system, the Murray-Calloway County Parks system is jointly funded by the City of Murray and the Calloway County fiscal court. For the fiscal year 2014-15, the City of Murray appropriated $161,100 to the Parks Department, while the county appropriated $129,478.50. That gives the Parks Department an annual working budget of approximately $290,000. If the referendum is passed, the estimated net revenue from the tax is $1.1 million. The referendum would create a new taxing district strictly for the parks, so the money would not be used by or for anyone else.

Tab Brockman, director of the Parks Department, said the tax is the only obvious way forward for funding. He said many people are put off by a tax, but there is no other solution for the parks’ needs.

“Stable and consistent funding doesn’t exist under the current scenario,” Brockman said. “The city and county are not mandated to fund us, so if this doesn’t pass, they could decide to only give us $100,000 this year.”

The Murray-Calloway County park system consists of three parks: Chestnut Park, which is about 70 years old, Central Park, about 40 years old, and Bee Creek, about 30 years old.

The parks have basketball courts, soccer, baseball and softball fields, an amphitheater, a swimming pool, spray park, dog park, walking trails, pavilions, playgrounds and a skate park.

Brockman said the current budget is not sufficient for the level of maintenance and improvements needed to keep the parks up to the standards of the community.

He said his first four priorities for renovations and improvements are fixing or replacing the community pool, lights for the soccer, softball and baseball fields, road maintenance and making the park more easily accessible to the disabled, as required by federal law.

The bathroom stalls are not Americans with Disibilities Act compliant and much of the park system is difficult or impossible to navigate in a wheelchair.

Brockman said the $1.1 million would allow the Parks Department to improve upon what the parks already offer. It would be up to the parks board and the community to decide how to spend it. It would allow for new or renovated bathrooms, concession stands and parking lots, as well as improving upon the sport complexes within the parks.

“At the end of the day, this referendum is about how important the parks are to the community,” Brockman said. “This is an issue that will impact our community, positively or negatively, for many years to come.”

While the park tax is a big issue for many in the community, some people simply haven’t heard about it. Breanna Bethel, junior from Murray, didn’t know about it. When she learned about the referendum, she was opposed.

Bethel said she thinks the parks are fine as they are. She takes the children she babysits to Chestnut Park in the summer and said she’s always thought the parks were nice.

“If it was really falling apart or if they had a specific project in mind I would gladly vote the tax in, but as it is now I see no need to pay another tax,” Bethel said.

Bethel said she believes people will be deterred from voting yes on the referendum since it is one more tax.

“But then again I’m a poor college student,” she said.

Former President Tim Miller supports the tax because he believes the park system needs to expand and improve in order to better serve the community. Miller, who spent years teaching accounting, said he generally dislikes taxes because oftentimes it’s unclear where the money will go.

“I don’t see how anyone can argue against a tax that directly supports youth programs,” he said.

Miller said the benefits of improving the park system reach beyond creating a wholesome place for his children and grandchildren to play. He said when corporations are looking to come into a community, they look at schools, hospitals and recreational activities, like the parks.

“I really feel that the park system is important for tourism and growth,” Miller said. “If it (the parks referendum) passes, in the long run it’s going to add so much to this area that it’ll be worth the additional cost.”

Miller said many people, for and against the referendum, have shared opinions with him. One issue he has heard repeatedly is county residents thinking the parks are only city parks.

“I can’t think of too many people that wouldn’t use the parks, either directly or indirectly,” Miller said. “All ‘Calloway Countians’ are going to benefit.”

All Calloway Countians don’t share that view, however. At a Town and Gown meeting Tuesday night in Wrather West Kentucky Museum, residents of the city and county showed up to voice their support, or their distaste, for the proposed tax.

Town and Gown is a partnership between the City of Murray and Murray State. Mark Welch, coordinator of the Town and Gown partnership, hosted the event, which was set up as an open forum for comments and questions.

Approximately 40 people showed up for the meeting, and the opinions seemed to be split.

Calloway County Judge Executive Larry Elkins said he does not plan to vote for the tax.

If the referendum passes with a simple majority on Nov. 4, the budget for the Parks Department would increase between 300 and 400 percent.

Elkins said if that happens, the county budget he will present to the Fiscal Court Magistrates for consideration will not include money for the Parks Department. Whether the City of Murray continues its funding of the Parks Department will be determined by the Murray City Council.

“There are currently three county-wide taxing districts in Calloway County: the library, health and the Extension Service,” Elkins said.

If the referendum passed, the parks would be the fourth taxing district in the county.

Elkins said the Murray-Calloway County park system is one of the nicest in the region, and the public and private partnership for park funding has so far succeeded in every way.

“It has amenities that you won’t find in a lot of parks. In 2013, the park was voted Outstanding Parks Department by the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society,” he said.

Elkins said organizations campaigning for the referendum have distributed with a “Save our Parks” theme, “… apparently believing that rather than clearly explaining what the long range goals are, it would be more effective to scare people,” he said. “Our park does not need saving. We will have a great park regardless of whether the referendum is approved.”

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Story by Kate Russell, Staff writer

Community businesses provide student discounts, special offers

September 19, 2014 Features
Photo illustration by Kylie Townsend/The News Students can use their Murray State ID for discounts in various places.

Photo illustration by Kylie Townsend/The News
Students can use their Murray State ID for discounts in various places.

While it is no secret that coming to college is stressful on the mind and body, what most students do not realize before moving away from home is how stressful the transition is going to be on their bank accounts.

Being a college town, Murray businesses acknowledge that without students they would not have nearly as much revenue as they would without having the campus so close by.

Also, knowing that students have a tight budget, some local businesses say the flash of a student ID can get students a percentage off services or products that they want or need.

Local boutique owner Penny Bogard said her store, Penique’s, offers students 10 percent off their purchases just by showing their student ID at checkout.

“I don’t really know why not to do it,” she said. “I know how hard it is trying to make it in college, so I understand.”

Ribbon Chix is another clothing store in Murray that offers students a discount on their merchandise. They offer 15 percent off.

Another business in Murray that offers students a discount is Cheri Theatre on Chestnut Street.

Cheri Theatre offers $2 off all regular- priced tickets Monday through Thursday to students who present their ID at the counter.

Baldy’s Grill is another local business that appreciates the students by offering them a discount.

The staff at Baldy’s provides a 10 percent discount to all students who are able to present their IDs, excluding their daily specials. They also offer $1 off on pick-up pizza orders.

Culver’s and Back Yard Burgers are fast food restaurants that offer students a 10 percent discount on their meals when students show their ID when checking out.

Students who have automotive troubles can take their cars to Cunningham Auto Repair to receive their discount.

Cunningham Auto Repair not only offers students a discount on its services, but they also offer students a free ride back to campus via its shuttle service while the maintenance is taking place, according to its website.

Although the majority of businesses in Murray do offer discounts to Murray State students, a lot of students are not aware of the discount opportunities.

“I had no idea Cheri Theatre offered a discount,” said Chelsi Werner, junior from Golconda, Ill., “I wish they would promote it more or ask if I want to do it when I buy my tickets. I would for sure take advantage of it more often.”

Although students may not feel like they are saving much money, taking advantage of student discounts does add up eventually. In the bank account of a starving college student, every nickel and dime counts.

 

Story by Breanna Sill, Assistant Features Editor

 

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