Alcohol can now be sold in Rockingham County.
Tuesday night, voters approved two referendums. One allows the sale of mixed beverages in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, community theatres and convention centers. More than 5,200 residents were in favor.
The second referendum allows the operation of ABC stores in the county. It captured almost 5,600 votes.
County commissioners put the measures on the ballot because they believe it will spark new economic development in the southern part of the county around highways 220 and 68. With the passage of both referendums, they go into effect immediately.