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Owner of The Library says he will not be open this weekend

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The owners of the The Library say even though they paid what they owed to the Department of Revenue, they are unsure if they will reopen their bar at Five Points.

Justin Kershner said late Friday the bar will not be open Friday or Saturday.

He said he and his wife were going to talk about their future plans over the weekend.

Justin Kershner told WIS Friday afternoon that he has been able to scrape together nearly $20,000 to stay in business.

"I started making phone calls to people I know and found somebody that's willing to loan me the money," Kershner said.

On Thursday, Kershner told WIS he would lose his liquor license at 2 p.m. today because an agreement he had with the South Carolina Department of Revenue to pay back taxes in installments had mysteriously been canceled. He blamed the sudden change on Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott's recent targeting of The Library.

"I feel that I was accused convicted and basically hung within a 24 hour period," Kershner said. "And hopefully I'll get a reprieve from a check compared to somebody waiving charges or whatever. That's just not the American way. I mean you can't be accused convicted and committed that quickly. You just can't and I have been unfairly."

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