'The Library' Owner Finds Money, Will Stay Open

12:17 AM, Nov 9, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A Five Points bar criticized by the Richland County sheriff will stay open, after the owner of the establishment found the money to taxes that were owed.

"The Library" owner Justin Kershner told News19 Friday that he borrowed money from the bank to pay the $19,000 owed to the Department of Revenue late Friday afternoon.

Just a day earlier, Kershner had said he'd likely have to close down over the issue. He explained that he had a payment plan to pay off the money owned in monthly installments. Because he had to make repairs to his business recently, he said his case worker had approved an extension for him to make this month's payment.

However, on Thursday, he said the case worker told him he didn't have the authority to grant the extension, and the full amount would be due Friday afternoon. If he didn't pay it, he'd lose his liquor license, which would have forced him to shut down. 

At a news conference Wednesday, Lott said the bar was a haven for gang members, and suggested that it should close down. Lott acknowledged that he'd never spoken to the Kershners, but said that Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago had.

Justin Kershner said that he felt the bar was being unfairly targeted because it served a primarily African-American clientele.


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