Coliseum Authority member gets into fight before meeting

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 first at five, May 29, 2008

Augusta, GA---There have been resignations and calls for resignations...now an actual fight before the meeting even got started.

"I'm very angry. We should never have to escalate to this," said community activist Woody Merry. A fight broke out before the Coliseum Authority meeting and ended with deputies being called to the scene. At the center of it all were two unlikely contenders...Woody Merry vs. board member William Fennoy.

"He followed me inside the building...got in my face...I asked him to get out of my face...he said...don't touch me. He continued to be in my face ...he said he would defend himself, and he threw a punch at me and I defended myself," said Fennoy.

A witness says Woody Merry confronted Fennoy for not showing up at Tuesday's canceled meeting, but Merry says it's bigger than that.

"Voting along racial lines...it's not gone be tolerated anymore. The community's angry, and nobody's scared anymore...nobody's scared...black or white. We've had enough," said Merry.

So, a black and a white went to blows after witness says Fennoy called Woody Merry a redneck. "I will not accept anyone bringing race into this...period, and if they want trouble let them bring race into it," said Merry.

Perhaps as a sign of good faith, Woody Merry says he has no intentions of pressing charges. "There's no need...there's no need in dragging this thing on and dragging more attention," said Merry.

A sheriff's deputy took statements from both men who have now both filed charges. Woody Merry's wife tells News 12 he has filed charges after being advised to do so. The two men will go before a judge in the coming weeks.


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  • by Tracy Location: Georgia on Jun 2, 2008 at 12:54 PM
    Fire both of them! Let's get some professional, responsible people in there.
  • by thomas Location: Augusta,ga on Jun 2, 2008 at 02:09 AM
    just have a plan in place: study it for ten minutes, then abolish this coliseum authority, now and for evermore. What a circus, where is the ring master
  • by Lee on May 29, 2008 at 07:12 PM
    what they don't mention is the Civic Center was full of people for Cross Creek's graduation. Way to set an example for the community.
  • by jdsouthbound Location: augusta on May 29, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    what they need to do is hire someone who is not scared to make phone calls, go to the big cities ask questions. on how to bring life to the civic center,stop all the fussing its childlike and has no place in our city.As The Godson of Johnny Cash I know enough people in the music business to keep the center hoping and everybody will be happy.
  • by Ryan B Location: South Carolina on May 29, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    I think Woody got what was coming to him. He's often up in people face.. acting like a redneck
  • by Julian Location: Langley, SC on May 29, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    Each morning I read the Chronicle, watch the TV news and then thank God I don't live in Richmond County. How can so many dysfunctional people be elected and appointed to positions of authority.
  • by concerned citizen Location: Augusta on May 29, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    This is really stupid for grown men to be acting like children. I think the everyone should resign because all they seem to do is fuss and fight over issues that are not of concern. If they were this concern about the coliseum they maybe it would be in better condition with more shows and more money coming in. It just seems to me like it is being ran by a bunch of children with no experience.
  • by Bud on May 29, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    All should be FIRED
  • by Lisa Location: Augusta on May 29, 2008 at 10:58 AM
    This is so embarrassing. I say fire both of them.
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