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By its inaction in solving the ice problem at the James Brown Arena, Richmond County’s leadership, at all levels, has demonstrated it is unwilling to support minor-league sports teams and other events that require ice. In fact, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority hasn’t even had the courtesy to inform the Augusta RiverHawks ownership of exactly what the plans are for the JBA; as a consequence, the team has gone on hiatus for a season, hoping that new equipment required for making and sustaining the ice will be installed.

No one should be surprised at the dearth of leadership in Richmond County; its shortsightedness in shoring up the county’s entertainment venues are causing events that were traditionally held in Augusta to bolt for nicer venues and better support in Columbia County. Therefore, I challenge Commission Chairman Ron Cross and the rest of the Columbia County leadership to seize the moment by hastening Columbia County’s emergence as the new epicenter of entertainment in the CSRA.

Columbia County should evaluate the feasibility of building an entertainment/arena complex to serve the county’s and the CSRA’s residents. Towne Center Park appears to be an incredibly successful venue – I see it packed each weekend with residents enjoying concerts and other events. Cities with similar or smaller populations than Augusta (Columbus; Biloxi, Miss.; Fayetteville, N.C.; and Huntsville, Ala., to name a few) enjoy modest-sized indoor arenas that are clean, modern, flexible and properly maintained, and enhance the livability of their metro areas.

I am not encouraged that Augusta ever will get around to replacing the JBA or even investing what is needed to bring it to a state of repair befitting the state’s second-largest city. I am aware that such an endeavor would cost money – but I suspect that, if done transparently and with input from county residents, such an undertaking could be accomplished successfully.

Jim Condon

Evans

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/08/13 - 06:39 am
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Tried It Once

Ron Cross tried it once, but the county turned the idea down. Since we have grown so much, it could be time to try again.

soldout
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soldout 08/08/13 - 06:55 am
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Just say no Columbia county

Entertainment and the people who have to be entertained all the time are not good for the county. It just brings noise and more alcohol and the alcohol dependent crowd. Folks fix your need for loud entertainment and alcohol and you will enjoy life 24/7 instead of temporary happiness that is expensive and dangerous.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/08/13 - 07:48 am
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Hockey

How about this thought — if you desire to own a minor league hockey team, include in your business model costs for the arena and the ice. Build it yourself. Don't count on government to provide your playing field.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/08/13 - 08:42 am
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Yep build it

A nice new big arena & then put in the open air upscale shopping center.....fancy restaurants would follow this.....you are growing & you need to shake your tail feather..Do it!

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Jon Lester 08/08/13 - 09:29 am
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The can be no such thing as too much culture for the CSRA.

I say, don't wait for county governments to come through. Want to open a club and book bands? Do it.

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countyman 08/08/13 - 02:01 pm
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Augusta is the third largest

Augusta is the third largest city, and Richmond County is the second largest county.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/08/13 - 01:43 pm
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Explain Please

"Augusta is the third largest city, and Richmond County is the second largest city."

I'm not sure I understand that one.

countyman
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countyman 08/08/13 - 02:03 pm
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City limits and counties are

I replaced the word city with county.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/08/13 - 03:06 pm
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t Columbia county civic

t Columbia county civic orchestra tried to generate interest for an .Art's center, but it wasn't greeted warmly.Some issue of territory and Augusta symphony not liking it,

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/08/13 - 03:24 pm
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Population

You cannot trust Countyman's information. According to this reliable web site, using data from the 2010 census, Richmond County is the ninth largest Georgia county in population:

County Populations

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/08/13 - 03:44 pm
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LL, yep, I still don't get

LL, yep, I still don't get Countyman's comment. Heh.

countyman
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countyman 08/08/13 - 10:05 pm
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Little Lamb... People

Little Lamb... People obviously know I meant outside of metro Atlanta.

I see from now on I have to be very specific, because the same people love to respond.

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