News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 8, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---The Augusta Public Service Committee approved a request by Super C nightclub owner Charles Cummings for a new business license. Only on 12, News 12's Chris Thomas sat down with Cummings.
Super C club owner, Charles Cummings, is looking to get back to work...this time without a liquor license. He says, "This is a safe place and a good place to come and get something to eat." The city stripped him of his license after a deadly shooting at the club.
Cummings says, "You can't hold the commissioners responsible, you can't hold the sheriff responsible, you know you can't hold the mayor responsible for a terrible incident that happened at my place of business."
Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength and the Augusta Neighborhood Alliance all originally demanded the club be shut down. Today they voiced a change of heart.
Sammie Sias says, "The community and Mr. Cummings have come to an agreement. We've come to an understanding, and sometimes you have to have drastic events to come to an understanding."
It is an understanding that comes with some stipulations.
What was once a dance stage is now a place to sit down and grab a bite to eat. Other stipulations include only allowing people 21 years of age or older in the club after 10 P.M and a dress code that would ban sagging pants. This is all part of what they're calling the new Super C.
Cummings says, "It's an attempt to keep the community happy and...to try to give some assurance that we are working toward a more perfect operation."
Commissioner Calvin Holland expressed some concern, saying this goes further than just Super C. "If this is approved we don't want to have his business sticking out as a sore thumb and being watched 24/7 and the other businesses being set aside and not being watched. So what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Let's be fair across the board."
Cummings says he acknowledges his mistakes and declares this time things will be different. "It happened. We are moving forward. It is my responsibility to demonstrate good leadership, good character, and you know if you keep God first you're going to always be ahead of the game."
So what's next? Cummings says, "We are just looking forward to giving the folks what they have been accustomed to for the last 17 years: good chicken and good fish."
Charles Cummings is set to go before the full Commission next Tuesday (October 16).