Alabama's Country Crossing casino isn't reopening

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - The developer of the Country Crossing electronic bingo development in Dothan says he won't reopen immediately.

Developer Ronnie Gilley had contacted employees about reopening
Country Crossing on Thursday. But he announced Wednesday he's postponing it. Gilley said the owners of the electronic bingo machines at Country Crossing will not give their support because the governor's gambling task force has threatened a raid.

Country Crossing's casino, restaurants and inn have been closed since late January to prevent a raid by the task force.

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  • by Debbie Thornley Location: Ozark, AL on Jun 14, 2010 at 09:16 AM
    I do not understand why Country Crossings is closed and Victoryland is still open. Last Friday, I visited Riverside Casino in Wetumpka and then we went to Victoryland. My mother came up from Florida to visit. She could not understand why we had to keep hitting the daupers. Victoryland machines are the very same as Country Crossings, they are very different than machines in Florida and Biloxi.
  • by frankie Location: florala alabama on May 28, 2010 at 07:41 AM
    this is rediclous don't people have the right to spend their money the way they wont to we work for it and if we want togamble it is our choice not the states or we go to missippi
  • by rodsmith Location: florida on May 27, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    hate to tell you this houstoncounty but the only organized crime in alabama is the GOVT!. These comitted fraud in the amount of $500,000,000 to bring CC to alabama knowing it was illegal but waiting till it was paid for and finished before destroying it. Plus under this alabama supreme court ruling that ELECTRONIC BINGO is in fact illegal. Well where's the raids on ALL the other bingo parlor's that use electronic pads to play bingo. sorry under this ruling they are just as ILLEGAL.
  • by B Location: ozark on May 27, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    ONE MORE THING HOUSTON COUNTY OFFICIALS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELFS, THEY WILL COWER DOWN TO PEOPLE LIKE RILEY AND TYSON AND OTHERS THEY THINK MIGHT BE ABLE TO HURT THERE POSITION RATHER THAN STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE IN THEIR COUNTY AND HELP THEM GET THE REVENUE THEY NEED FOR SCHOOLS AND OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS, THEY WERE ALL TO AFRAID OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO THEIR JOBS, AND I HOPE THAT EVERY ONE OF THEM THAT STOOD BY AND LET THIS HAPPEN DO NOT GET RELECTED
  • by HoustonCounty Location: Dothan on May 27, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    I guess what bothers me most is that Attorney General Troy King neglected to act in his official capacity to keep the money from being spent in the beginning. Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver and the entire Commission were warned by concerned citizens that this was an illegal establishment to start with. Culver and the Commission held closed door meetings and would not allow the Citizens of Houston County to vote on an issue that will have long lasting negative effects on this county long after Country Crossing is no longer newsworthy. The Citizens voted in 1993 in opposition of organized crime doing business as bingo parlors. They voted to protect our true charities. The Houston County Commission bypassed the wishes of the people by attempting to circumvent the law and bring organized crime into our community. Thank God we have a Governor who will not bow to the crime bosses.
  • by Melissa Location: Florida on May 27, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    I guess what bothers me the most about the whole situation is why did Bob Riley wait until all that money was spent on building Cross Country and hope of jobs for so many families then make a big ruckus about it. Cross Country was talked about for quite awhile before they started building regarding opening it and the laws. Bob Riley should have spoke up then, not wait until it was open just where he could raid it.
  • by Jeanette Location: Headland on May 27, 2010 at 06:52 AM
    This is so much bull crap. They are just hurting the Dothan area. When Country Crossings was open, you never went by there, that they were not busy. So shame on you governor. If you don't want to go there no one is making you, but leave people alone that want to be there. You have all kinds of things you could be messing around in, but something that actually makes money, you just can't stand. Is it because you don't have your hand in the pot?
  • by Lowell Location: Dothan on May 27, 2010 at 12:43 AM
    Elaine,I've been asking that exact same question ever since this corruption began and no one and i mean no one has responded with an opinion.You tell me does something stink about the whole thing or is it OUR imagination? My guess is victoryland brings in lots of revenue to rileys surrounding area and he's looking out for their best interests.I think it's a shame he led the people of this state to believe he cared about the state as a whole just to get elected only lead most of us into near poverty.And guess what? We have to pay his full salary for the rest of his crooked life.Oh!Did I ask if something stinks?You tell me!
  • by Elaine Location: Enterprise on May 26, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    I just want to know why Victoryland has been open all these years right under Bob Riley's nose & all of a sudden bingo is ILLEGAL
  • by HOPEFUL on May 26, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE I REALLY HOPE THAT RON SPARKS GETS ELECTED, AT LEAST THAT WAY THE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA WILL HAVE SOME SAY IN WHAT WE WANT, EVEN IF I DON'T GO TO CC IT SHOULD BE MY DECISION AND I SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN MY CHOICE OF ENTERTAINMENT, NOT BE AFRAID TYSON AND HIS CREW WILL COME IN WITH GUNS DRAWN. IT IS SAD THAT ALABAMAS GOV. HAS MADE THIS STATE LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF IDOITS.
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