Public hearing will decide future of night club

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July 10, 2007, News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA,Ga---The Super C nightclub in South Augusta may soon be shut down if some commissioners have their way.

News 12 has learned, a public hearing is being scheduled to determine if the nightclub should lose it's license. The Augusta Commission voted to begin a process that could end with the club's liquor and business license being revoked. This comes after the deadly shooting there early Monday morning.

City leaders plan to get a recommendation from Sheriff Ronnie Strength and meet with club owner Charles Cummings and neighbors before making a final decision.

During Tuesday's meeting, commissioner Andy Cheek wanted the club's license pulled immediately because of problems they've had in the past. He also says neighbors are fed up with crime in that area.

Commissioner Bernard Harper represents that area in South Augusta.
He says some commissioners are rushing to judgment.

"It is unfortunate what happened. I don't condone what happened. It could happen in this building, it happens at clubs all over. We can't just go shutting down people's clubs and taking their licenses from them," Harper says.

Club owner Charles did not address the commission, but tells News 12 he plans to make some big changes at the club in order to stay open.

"I'm going to make sure it doesn't happen at Super C's again. I'm changing the music, I'm changing the hours, I'm rolling the hours back as well, and I'm not going to stay open late," he says.

Some commissioners wanted to close the club immediately, but License and Inspections director Rob Sherman says the club owner must be given due process.

"It has to be done in a public hearing. The license holder has to be given notice of the hearing date and ttime. Tthe notice has to be given five days prior to the meeting time," Sherman says.

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