Rockingham Co. to vote on liquor by the drink

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- County officials hope residents vote for the legalization of mixed drink sales in rural areas of the county during the May 6 primary.

County Manager Lance Metzler says it's the best way to attract big business.

Currently, only businesses within five of the county’s six cities can serve mixed drinks, beer and wine. Businesses in rural areas are limited to just beer and wine -- a turn off for potential restaurants.

He says mixed drinks are a money maker at big name restaurants and drawing more to the area would mean more money and jobs.

"At the local level, we're struggling,” Metzler said. “We need to have an opportunity to have other ways to be able to raise revenues."

But some think the county could come up with a drier approach to economic growth.

"We could do more to educate our children,” said Pastor Tommy Massey, of Growing Oaks Church. “We could do more in this county other than promote the sale of alcohol to increase revenues."

Massey says on Tuesday, residents should let their conscience be their guide.

"No matter what the outcome of the vote is, you can't legislate morality," Massey said.

The last time the issue was on the ballot in Rockingham County was in 1973.


  • stinger90

    The best way to attract big business is to improve our school system. Boy, we have a dumb county manager.

  • Craig Travis

    This is just one avenue that county is doing to stir economic development. Of course a big area is education but county has no control of education that’s your school board. Counties job is to promote businesses and create a environment for business growth
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    • stinger90

      like, so are strip clubs.

      I don’t have a problem in trying to stir economic development in business. Yes it is just one kind of avenue, but that’s like spiting on a fire if that. So, liquor by the drink will help counties to promote businesses to grow in a environment for businesses? Really ??

  • its my business

    Come on Bible Belt – my home town, Eden, NC. Come on – I don’t drink mixed drinks – but we do have to move into this century. If you’re not a proponent of it, then keep going to Cheney’s, the best place to eat, ever! But get out there and give our County the opportunity to bring in more big businesses and restaurants and let’s start rebuilding this area of the woods. :)

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