CRAB ORCHARD - City annexation has struck out in Crab Orchard.
After months of waiting for a proposed city annexation to be decided by voters, the measure was defeated Tuesday 28 to 7.
Mayor Mike Ramey said he is disappointed but hopes the city will try again in maybe five years.
By that point, the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 150 will link the city to much-needed industry and tourist traffic, he hopes, and voters may see the need to plan for growth around the city.
The city had hoped to annex property along William Whitley Road, Ky. 1776 and U.S. 150.
With the new Cedar Creek Lake, Amish stores and a growing industrial front, Ramey and City Commission members said including the prime real estate in the city limits was a vote for Crab Orchard's future.