The second half of Henderson County's $100,000 commitment to the Flat Rock Playhouse survived in a 3-2 vote Monday night after commissioners heard from supporters and opponents of the funding.
Commissioner Grady Hawkins voted with Larry Young against the funding and chairman Charlie Messer, Tommy Thompson and Michael Edney voted yes.
Hawkins said the Playhouse had gotten on its feet and shown that it does not need the money to survive. Young, who worked on an effort last month to save the Playhouse, did not explain his no vote. He had been the most vocal critic of the Playhouse until a meeting in his office last month with business leaders and Playhouse administrators. He emerged from that meeting to announce a plan under which the Playhouse would raise money and show it had a sound business plan.
For more on the debate see the MossBlog coverage of the deliberation by the Board of Commissioners: http://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/blog/2013/uncategorized/live-coverage-of-commissioners-on-flat-rock-playhouse/