Residents Reactions on Country Crossing Location

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Things on Smithville Road in Houston County have been quiet for Pat Cleveland and the horses she helps rehabilitate, but soon that will change.

"Our assistant had come in the house this morning and said ‘guess what, it's going to be right across the street and right on our property boundaries up the road’," Cleveland said.

Thursday’s purchase of land for Country Crossing just so happens to be the same land that is directly across the street from Cleveland’s home.

It’s something Cleveland says she couldn't be happier about. "This is a great opportunity,” she says. “It'll bring people from all over North America into Houston County. So, I'm pleased, I'm very happy."

And, Clevelend isn't the only resident that feels that way.

Larry Avery lives two miles from where the entertainment complex will be located and can't understand why so many are opposing it. "I don't understand why they don't want it. I mean it's more money in the cities, in the counties; like I say, it’s more money for schools and it’s something for people to do."

Avery says there are many who say they oppose the project, but their actions seem to prove otherwise. "There's people I know of that go play the lotto, they go across the line and play the lotto, but yet they turn around and denounce something like this, that's going to bring benefits, that's stupid."

Cleveland agrees and says she is ready for the project to get underway.

A developer with Ronnie Gilley says they are comfortable with the amount of land they have purchased so far; however, they are not ruling out purchasing more in the future.


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  • by Mondel Location: dothan on Mar 16, 2008 at 08:40 PM
    I really have no opinion on whether or not this comes to town....I just wish both the commission and the developer would quit referring to this thing as some type of answered prayer for the community. How bout bringing in some "real" jobs...some industry of some kind. Something that will actually have a longlasting positive effect on the area. Developer, glad you have a dream for the area and I'm sure every 18 yr old in town will appreciate the pocket money, now, tell me what kind of jobs will be there for the adults in the community? Will there be something more than restaurants, hotels, service type jobs? Will there be engineering, computers, health care? Something that will keep our young people in the area? I would love to see some types of jobs that we can send our young ones to college to earn a degree to bring them back home and put it to use.
  • by Dewayne Dobbs Location: slocomb on Mar 16, 2008 at 05:33 PM
    I just wanted to voice my opinion about country crossings....being i am a hard working local tax payer....I think it is awesome...and I caint believe anyone would protest against it...just a simple case of mind your own business!
  • by Dawn Location: Coffee County on Mar 16, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    Yeah, All of you so-called Christian Baptist people that oppose the Ronnie Gilley (Country Crossings) Project, yet go to Biloxi,MS to gamble all weekend, GET A LIFE! Quit being hypocrits.
  • by Advice for those who want it Location: Dothan on Mar 16, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    I agree with those who want it. they have every right to move to the areas of the country where gambling is offered. That is what those citizen chose for their area and you have every right to move there and be a part of it. So if you "want it" , get packing.
  • by kathleen Location: dothan al on Mar 15, 2008 at 02:11 PM
    I'm very proud to see Dothan is growing,I were born & raised here,married ,moved away for several years,moved back after retirement,I love it here also proud people from other States are moving here because it's cheaper to live here & people are very friendly here,down home country people,most have lived on the farm,worked very hard on farms,I've done that too,it's a good life,you can grow all your food on a farm,can't parish a smart farmer.Hope Dothan keeps growing.
  • by Jacqui Location: Daleville on Mar 15, 2008 at 06:09 AM
    I did an interview and hope I reached people about simply being careful with their money. Don't gamble more than you can afford to lose. I support this as well, and I agree that money should be spent in the community and not in other states. I also want to ensure this commission is honest and upfront with the people of the Wiregrass and deliver as promised. My biggest worry is for people like me who simply can't stop once they start. I'll play a little land bingo but you won't see me anywhere near any machines. It's each persons choice, but I just hope people will gamble responsibly and just have fun with this. I'm a Christian and I play bingo. It's a game. Being Christian does not exclude one from making their own choices and having fun!
  • by The Truth Location: Dothan, Al on Mar 15, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    I really don't know why everybody is attacking the christian when all they are doing is standing up for what they believe is good for the community. Why not?? Everybody else that has written in is standing up for their own opinion. Do you mean to tell me that they don't have a right?Get the facts. The ONLY reason that Gilley would bring this to Houston Co is with Bingo. He said "if no bingo, then no project." Sounds to me like a fancy way to dress up gambling with the lure of all the "family thing." Why not with out gambling? I can tell you case after case where people have been addicted to gambling and lost their house. Not everyone can be like you think that you can be, well that is what those individuals thought also. The commission has been bought off with gifts, just ask Culver and COOK what they got at Gilley's party a few MONTHS AGO.Wake up America! ONLY the TRUTH.Childen will suffer. Pawn shops will Posper. whose stuff will be there? The players or your stolen merchandize?
  • by Old Man Location: Cowarts on Mar 14, 2008 at 06:37 PM
    It's about time Houston County officals stood there ground against the Southern Christians, and let Houston County GROW>
  • by Yvonne Location: Dothan, A; on Mar 14, 2008 at 03:59 PM
    These hypocritical Southern Christians need to mind their business and move on to another venture. They do not have to go to County crossing, Bingo has been in our Society for a long time. The Catholics have played bingo for years for fund raising. and just plain entrtainment for the senior citizens. Are they not christians?
  • by Candice Belk Location: Dothan on Mar 14, 2008 at 03:47 PM
    I am as happy as anything,and cant wait for Country Crossings.The ones who oppose,stay home,we want it
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