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Sixteen counties in eastern North Carolina operated A.B.C. liquor stores in 1935. John Sprunt Hill wrote the liquor control bill which took effect in these 16 counties put local county governments in control of alcohol sales. Citizens in favor of prohibition opposed these stores, despite the increase in tax revenue generated by alcohol sales, and planned to challenge the bill over constitutionality.
County elections begin concerning the holding of wine and beer in each respective county of North Carolina under the 1947 Session Law Ch. 1084.