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On this date: July 21, 1978

The fact that the price of spirits (liquid spirits, that is) as dispensed by state stores of the State Liquor Control Board has gone up rather consistently during the past few years apparently hasn’t dampened too greatly the spirit of booze-buying Carbon Countians - of sales are to be accepted as any sort of guide.

A report out of Harrisburg this week showed booze sales in Carbon County reached a record high during the 1976-77 fiscal year reporting period, with $1,742,000 having been spent at the local state stores.

That number has consistently risen since the first year of state store operations in the commonwealth, when $259,000 was spent on booze in 1935. By 1960, the sales total eclipsed the $1 million mark.