Community divided on Super C closing

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

August 8, 2007

Augusta, GA---Darryle Williams is a father of seven who works in juvenile detention. He calls Tuesday's commission vote to shut down Super C unnecessary.He says, "He need to have some type of security there yeah. But let's not close the man down."

Like Darryle, Ervin Walker lives near the club. He is raising three young boys. Ervin says news of the Super C closing comes as no surprise. He says, "There were times when we were afraid this thing could escalate to this level."

Club owner Charles Cummings has had his share of problems. Officers have been called to the club more than 40 times recently. The latest incident was for a shooting on the dance floor that killed 18 year old Stedmund Fryer.

Commissioner Bernard Harper calls Tuesday's vote tough but necessary. Commissioner Harper says, "This has nothing to do with trying to put anybody out of business and hurt anybody and create hardships, but it was something that just had to be done."

The club's lawyer calls the decision rash and unfair. He says, "The commissioners allowed their emotions to sway them as oppose to them truly looking at the situation and making a decision on the facts that were put in from of them."

The fact is a local businessman is out of a job and a mother has lost her son. Local community activist Reverend Fryer says, "This does send a message to all the clubs from the statements of the sheriff and even from the statements of the commissioners that this should not be tolerated."

Ultimately, it's a community divided. Williams maintains Tuesday's vote was too harsh a sentence. He says, "We are human, we make errors, lets correct them not penalize all the time when it comes to somebody's establishment...they business...they livelihood."

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  • by Greg Location: Richmond on Aug 10, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    I really think that closing Super C's will not cure the problem. He had no idea what those young men were fighting for. But to allow a weapon to pass by the door is were I feel the problem occured. When you run a club like super C's you have to establish a control above and beyond the ordinary. Maybe firing the guy at the door or putting in some type of detector but to take the mans way of living and earning a respectable way of living just doesn't sit right. Fine him and close the club until he as corrected the situation but to close him I feel is a little overboard. My sympathy to the family.
  • by mark Location: augusta on Aug 9, 2007 at 03:12 PM
    Why is there "black on black" crime? I really wish someone could tell me. I don't want to sound like a racist, but I don't think white people have as much "white on white" crime. Why is that? Why do black people hate other black people so much? It seems to be more black males than black females. Why are they so angry at each other? It's a real shame and I feel sorry for them.
  • by rick Location: augusta on Aug 9, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    first of all kidd's do not belong in a club like these 2 type's .. but hen again they kind are for the loser's of the world both parent's and kidd's and yes close the clubs down who in there right mind would run such a place.... its just another black on black crime.. read the stats !!!!and they still haven't learned anything... will they ?
  • by melissa Location: augusta on Aug 9, 2007 at 01:08 PM
    I agree with David. This bar has issues long before the shooting incident that claimed someone's life. He had plenty of chances to make changes that could have prevented future problems, yet he chose to ignore the warning signs. It's almost as if he didn't care about how was hanging out, who was getting alcohol, etc., as long as he was making money. I hate to see anyone's livelihood taken away, but I also think that if you don't take responsibility to protect your business, eventually it will fail. In this case, the owner's neglegence in overseeing what was going on in this bar, caused it to be shut down. It was a known trouble spot, and he just sat back and let it continue. Instead of encouraging young people to hang out in clubs when they really aren't mature enough, we need to encourage them to be doing more constructive things with their lives.
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on Aug 9, 2007 at 10:24 AM
    "they business...they livelihood"? What? doesn't he mean their business, their livelihood. Please learn English dear commissioner, that might help with some of the misunderstandings. Something else I don't understand, someone working in juvenile detention like D. Williams and Ben Allen (isn't he now a Juvenile Court Judge now?) supporting this club in any way or form? Does Mr. Holland have a family connection to any clubs in the area? Who runs the Private Eye on Thomas Lane or is that one still open? I think Mr. Cummings club is too close to a residential area anyway, there were noise issues for the long-time residents before this incident happened. I would think they would just ask that he move the business to a better location, not the extreme measure they took.
  • by David Location: Augusta on Aug 9, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    How many chances does someone get? How many incidences of the police being called does it take? To say that someone could be killed at the grocery store or church parking lot or anywhere is valid. It is flawed logic to compare these type situations with a nightclub that has had dozens of incidences. If you come to my house and drink and then drive and kill someone I didn't pour it down your throat but I have some responsibility for the incident. People have a right to go to clubs and enjoy themselves without fear that someone's going to get shot or fights break out. At some point we have to say enough! We're mad as hell and we aint gonna take it anymore. If businesses want to keep their licenses they will need to control what goes on their property, i.e. no guns, no underage drinking, no verbal or physical altercations.
  • by Anonymous Location: augusta on Aug 8, 2007 at 05:38 PM
    Well what about The Soundtrack, Mr. J's, ClubPlatium where Mr. Carpenter was killed the week before Mr. Fryer. Dirty south and more. They should close them down to because the same kind of crowd hangs out at those clubs that i just mentioned. at the soundtrack you can smoke weed, pop pills snort powder and the police be right in there looking and selling it to the people in the club. So close all of them down.
  • by Imerald Location: August on Aug 8, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    From what I have heard his mother was not an active part of this young man's. She lives in Savannah and he lives in the bottom with relatives. And now she wants to dictate right or wrong. Closing this club is not the issue. We as parents need to take responsibility for our kids. It is unfortunate that another young man had to die, but responsibility begans at home.
  • by Sheila Location: USA on Aug 8, 2007 at 04:35 PM
    I too think it was wrong to closed this man club down he made changes so what happens when they take this violence to the schools do we close them down too? I think not he just needed to make some changes that's all and yes I have sons too and no her son should not have been shot and killed but come on people what else could've been done to avoid this!?
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