Henderson County's Board of Commissioners agreed [unanimously] Wednesday to let residents vote on whether alcohol sales should be allowed in unincorporated areas.
Sales of alcohol, including liquor, are allowed in the municipalities of Hendersonville, Fletcher and Laurel Park, while Mills River and Flat Rock allow beer and wine sales.
But the rest of Henderson County — like the unincorporated areas of 15 of Western North Carolina's 17 counties — remains dry.
Only Buncombe and Clay counties allow alcohol sales in unincorporated areas.
Graham County, in the far western tip of the mountains, is the only county in North Carolina that allows no alcohol sales, even in incorporated areas.
Henderson County, which has 107,000 residents, has not voted on countywide alcohol sales since 1955. ...
The issue would have to be broken up with votes on allowing beer and wine sales, liquor sales, and liquor by the drink, in keeping with state Alcohol Beverage Control guidelines. ...
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