A man seeking an alcoholic beverage license to operate a nightclub in Boneville has been given permission to do so by the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners, but only on a six-month probationary period.
The alcoholic beverage license was granted to Ronald Smalley, the owner of 30 Rounds Sports Bar, which is located on the 2800 block of Augusta Highway.
Commissioners approved the action during last Wednesday's commission meeting.
Commission Chairman Charlie Newton recommended that commissioners grant Mr. Smalley's request on a six-month probationary period, saying the license would be revoked if the business were to become a nuisance to residents living in the area. Should commissioners have to revoke the license for any reason Mr. Smalley would be refunded half of what he paid for the license fee.
In the past, numerous complaints of loud music have caused many residents to have to call for a deputy with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department.
Some of those same residents recently presented a petition asking that commissioners reject Mr. Smalley's request.
However, commissioners informed Jerry Randolph and his daughter, Amy Clark, that they couldn't restrict Mr. Smalley from operating a business there simply because there had been problems from other owners of the establishment. Commissioners noted that wouldn't be fair to Mr. Smalley.
Aside from noise concerns, Mr. Randolph said he was opposed to it because of the number of wrecks that have occurred in that area over a period of several years.
"It's just a dangerous area," Mr. Randolph told commissioners at an earlier meeting.
Mr. Newton assured Mrs. Clark that her concerns had been heard and weren't being taken lightly.
"We have to protect the people that live in that area," Mr. Newton told Mr. Smalley, who has promised that the business won't disturb residents living in the area with loud music.
Mr. Smalley, who recently obtained his state alcoholic permit, plans to open the new business this weekend.
Commissioner Paul McCorkle urged Mrs. Clark to keep a record of problems that she might encounter from the new sports bar and to report those problems back to commissioners.