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Couple withdraws sports grill request

A local couple has decided to withdraw a rezoning request to build a new sports grill off Sand Hill Road in the southern portion of McDuffie County.

Robert W. Thomas and his wife, Sebrina, who reside on Langham Road, officially withdrew their request last Tuesday -- just hours before the issue was to go before the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners. Recently, the couple had been denied their request by members of the county planning commission -- a recommending body of appointed officials.

Mr. Thomas had planned to build a neighborhood sports grill that he claimed would provide family entertainment, although he said he would apply for a alcohol beverage license so beer could be sold at the business.

Plans had called for the new business to consist of a 4,000 square-foot single story framed building. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas had planned to serve short-order meals and to offer various forms of entertainment, such as pool tables, sports television viewing, etc.

He explained to planning board members that the business would not be a bar.

However, more than a dozen residents who live in that area of the county contended that such a business would be the breeding ground for drunk driving, fights, etc.

Ronnie Williamson, who lives on Quail Farm Road, was the spokesman for the residents opposed to the request.

Web posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009

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