Former Beverly Hillbillies Star Buys Land for Nevada Casino

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MINDEN (AP) - The man who played Jethro in the 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" has purchased a two-and-a-half-acre parcel in north Douglas County for his proposed casino.

Max Baer Junior's acquisition of the land last week for one-point-two (m) million dollars from the Metcalf family trust followed his recent sale of the old Wal-Mart building in nearby Carson City for eight-and-a-half (m) million dollars.

It was the first of two parcels Baer will need for his proposed Jethro Bodine's Beverly Hillbillies Casino and Mansion.

Baer says he won't purchase the remaining 20 acres - owned by Carson City businessmen Michael Hohl and Dink Cryer - until he has received the needed zoning changes and height variances for the casino.

The project will be considered June 12th by the county planning commission. It also will be discussed July fifth by county commissioners.

If approved, the casino would be part of the proposed 600-thousand-square-foot Riverwood commercial development justsouth of Carson City.

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