LITTLE ROCK — The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Thursday approved beer permits for seven Dollar General stores, bringing to 74 the number of locations where the retailer can sell beer in Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK — The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Thursday approved beer permits for seven Dollar General stores, bringing to 74 the number of locations where the retailer can sell beer in Arkansas.

The board voted to overturn decisions by ABC Director Michael Langley to deny permits to stores in Berryville, Fordyce, Green Forest, Springdale, Tontitown, Wrightsville and Yellville.

The panell upheld Langley’s decisions to deny permits to stores in Marmaduke and Marvell.

Board member Ron Fuller of Little Rock said local opposition persuaded the board to deny permits to the stores in Marmaduke in northeastern Arkansas and Marvell in eastern Arkansas. Marmaduke Police Chief Steve Franks and state Rep. Clark Hall, D-Marvell, testified against the permits, saying they would create a burden for law enforcement.

Fuller said the board believed it was not a good time to place any new burden on Marvell police. In October a drug-trafficking and corruption investigation in eastern Arkansas by state and federal authorities, known as “Operation Delta Blues,” resulted in 70 people being charged, including Marvell police officer Robert Wahls.

Alison Ulmer, a project manager for Dollar General, said she did not immediately know whether the company would appeal the two denials.