The Boyd County Fiscal Court will not decide if November’s election ballot will include changing Boyd County’s alcohol status.

That’s up to the people, said Judge-Executive Eric Chaney in Tuesday’s monthly meeting in Catlettsburg.

A petition has been formed and can be found at If it passes, Chaney said, it will land on the ballot Nov. 3.

In an effort to be proactive, Chaney said, the court had a first reading of the alcohol licensing ordinance, which is identical to the one passed in Scott County.

The ordinance addresses adult entertainment. Chaney acknowledged that, yes, there can legally be a strip club in Boyd County, but this ordinance would continue to prevent said establishment from selling alcohol. In other words, any place that sells alcohol in the county may not feature adult entertainment. That includes wet T-shirt contests, jello wrestling and mud wrestling.

Boyd is a moist county now. Restaurants that meet seating requirements may serve alcoholic beverages.

Going wet would create the possibility of packaged sales and stand-alone bars.