Public hearing will decide future of night club

By: Jonathan Martin Email
By: Jonathan Martin Email

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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  • by Anonymous Location: Millen on Jul 13, 2007 at 01:04 PM
    In my opinion..closing the club won't stop crimes. Especially if there an incident that happen before they arrived at the club. Just like the first comment made...you have to be 21 to buy alcohol so why sell it in a club containing kids. All an underage drinker has to do is get someone older to buy it for them. Also there need to be a dress code, along with police officers.
  • by harles Location: Hephzibah on Jul 12, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    I would like to know Why were 18 year olds in a club that sells alcohol??? CLOSE IT DOWN!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Anonymous on Jul 12, 2007 at 11:18 AM
    I think this and other clubs that have reapeated incidents of shootings, fatal or not, should be closed. We cannot continue to let people die in our city. I think the commission or some entity should stand up for the people who want safe and quiet neighborhoods. Would Bernard Harper live next door to Super C's?
  • by Delores Location: Augusta on Jul 12, 2007 at 06:43 AM
    I agree that the club should be closed. I know the local residents are fed up with the problems even before someone was killed there. Unfortunately, if the club closes, the same thugs that were hanging out there, will just go somewhere else and cause the same problems. Augusta is getting to be more and more violent, especially South Augusta. The decent people of Augusta will end up moving to Columbia County to get away from the thugs. I think that all the thug hangout clubs of South Augusta should be closed. It's just a gathering place for trouble.
  • by Scott Location: Augusta on Jul 12, 2007 at 04:31 AM
    Is the club drawing in the unwanted criminal attention?If so,close operations at that location.If not,beef up law enforcement at that location.
  • by simsbrooks Location: southside on Jul 11, 2007 at 06:29 PM
    **shut it down** Today if possible
  • by Anonymous on Jul 11, 2007 at 06:17 PM
    Please just stop the violence that boy life was taken over some non sense and foolishness i would never want to catch mu child in one of these hole in the wall clubs
  • by no mo clubbin Location: augusta on Jul 11, 2007 at 06:15 PM
    I think that most of these clubs should be closed such as Dirty South and SoundTrack they are nothing but violent attractions and keep our youth into more and more trouble
  • by Anonymous Location: Augusta on Jul 11, 2007 at 01:44 PM
    I bet the shootings and crime rates will go down if we just close all these low life clubs in Augusta
  • by KIM Location: AUGUSTA on Jul 11, 2007 at 12:12 PM
    I AGREE WHY IS IT THEY ALWAYS WANT TO CLOSE DOWN A CLUB I DONT GO TO CLUBS BUT I FEEL THAT CLOSING DOWN A PLACE OF BUSINESS IS NOT GOING TO STOP CRIME IN THAT AREA IT TAKES THE RESIDENTS TO REPORT CRIME DONT LET SOMEONES DEATH BE THE TIME THAT THEY WANT TO SPEAK OUT WE HAVE TO STAND UP FOR WERE WE LIVE.
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