Update:Southern Star Casino Reopens With Electronic Bingo
Bingo Means Business in Lowndes County
(CBS-8 Editors UPDATE: Since this report was filed CBS-8 news has learned that Lowndes County’s Southern Star Entertainment sign reads "open." We have also received reports about dozens of cars in the facility’s parking lot this weekend. We will have more details Monday.)
Electronic bingo was part of the gambling corruption trial controversy, but now since the defendants were found not guilty, Lowndes County hopes bringing back electronic bingo at two facilities will create more jobs in the county.
The Southern Star Entertainment facility is getting ready to open, but so far, there's been no activity at White Hall Entertainment. White Hall Entertainment shut down more than two years ago to avoid possible raids during the battle over bingo. However, there is no timetable in place for the facility to re-open.
“We're still evaluating our situation, we still have current litigation pending that has not been fully resolved,” said White Hall Entertainment Attorney, Collins Pettaway. “There's been some resolutions but still some things outstanding, and so once that is complete we will re-evaluate our situation and go forward.”
Southern Star Entertainment was built during the Bingo Battle, it featured table-top and paper bingo when it opened, but closed down after less than two months.
Southern Star has now been taking applications and is expected to feature electronic bingo this time around. Residents are confident it will bring needed jobs into their county.
“That'll help somebody give somebody a job, you know what I'm saying, it'll give somebody a job and that's what we need some jobs and that's what we ain't got,” said Charlie Rudolph, of Lowndes County.
“I think that'll be a great thing for Lowndes County because a lot of people will get an opportunity to go back to work,” said Perman Hardy, of Lowndes County
After White Hall deals with its unresolved legal issues, it could provide even more job opportunities.
“Once it's finished we definitely will decide or once it gets to a point where we feel comfortable even if it's not finished, we'll make a decision,” Attorney Pettaway said.