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New member of arena board steps down

One of the newly-appointed members of the revamped Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority has bowed out before being sworn in.

According to Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting agenda, Charles E. Harris has resigned, and Shirley Darby will be appointed in his place.

Mr. Harris was the first pick of Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Mason, who wanted to name him to the new panel in April before learning that the coliseum authority restructuring bill would prevent any sitting member from being reappointed for one year after the bill became effective. Mr. Harris, an Army vet and food manager at East Augusta Middle School, later became one of the three appointments by the five commissioners whose districts fall within super District 9.

Ms. Darby, a professor at Augusta Technical College, had been a pick of Commissioner Calvin Holland.

Asked why Mr. Harris resigned, Mr. Holland referred questions to Mr. Mason, who did not return phone messages Saturday.

The five other appointees are: from District 9, Augusta Technical College marketing director Bonita Jenkins and Murphey Middle School counselor and former Soul Generals musician Joseph Collier, and from District 10, Fat Man's Riverfront Cafe owner Brad Usry, insurance agent Louis C. "Hap" Harris and banker David Hogg Sr. The legislative delegation hasn't yet appointed the seventh member.

Man shot at Milledgeville Road restaurant

A shooting and armed robbery occurred Saturday night at the King of Wings on Milledville Road.

The incident at the restaurant in the 2300 block of Milledgeville happened at 8:43 p.m., according to a Richmond County 911 dispatcher. The dispatcher said a man was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics. There were no details available on his condition late Saturday.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 05/31/09 - 03:47 am
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Why do we even need a
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Why do we even need a committee for the two or three events
a year?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/31/09 - 06:00 am
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I can see where there'll be

I can see where there'll be some confusion with the new authority, what with the difficult time the old authority had and the leadership being shared by the county commission and the state delegation. Beginning the authority anew has got to be a little daunting. I do wonder why Mr Harris decided not to join in the challenge. I suspect the "too large" committee will be just as efficient as the last authority. I hope to be proven wrong, though.

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 05/31/09 - 08:59 am
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The problem with the James

The problem with the James Brown Arena and events taking place there are the board members ineptness and in-fighting. I went to a few of the Augusta Lynx games before they folded and the quality of the atmosphere had degraded severly over the past few years at the games. Last night I attended the South Carolina-Alaska game for Game 5 of the Finals and the North Charleston Coliseum was very impressive. The facilities, the concessions, the cleanliness, and the service added greatly to the experience. The crowd of 7500 was lively and supported their team greatly. I agree with DW1, why a committee to run a handful of events during the year.

mad_max
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mad_max 05/31/09 - 09:05 am
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Most of the entertainment at

Most of the entertainment at our coliseum comes from watching the Authority.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 05/31/09 - 10:53 am
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The only one who has any real

The only one who has any real experience is Brad Usry. The rest are political favors! Good luck Mr. Usry.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 05/31/09 - 01:48 pm
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Banker David Hogg Sr. LOL we

Banker David Hogg Sr. LOL we have a boss Hogg on the board. Does he wear all white also and a hat. Sorry could not pass that up!

sassygalady30
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sassygalady30 05/31/09 - 02:09 pm
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wow wheres thereal news 4

wow wheres thereal news 4 today at

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/31/09 - 02:11 pm
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So now we've got two Coliseum

So now we've got two Coliseum Authority members who are employees at Augusta Tech. So much for diversity of ideas. I think that government employees should be barred from serving on government authorities. There's too much potential of conflicts of interest. Not to mention the fact that the government employees have to leave their government work undone while they attend Authority meetings, luncheons and other functions.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 05/31/09 - 02:38 pm
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It's amazing how many full

It's amazing how many full and part-time jobs one person can have around here.

bailmeout2
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bailmeout2 05/31/09 - 06:19 pm
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why is this authority such a

why is this authority such a big deal? Its just a building!!!

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