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October 24--  The Toombs County Development Authority has received a long-awaited $500,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  The money is earmarked for pre-treatment of waste by the new U.S. Pet plant which is co-located with Chicken of the Sea in the Toombs Corporate Center on U.S. One north of Lyons.  The pet food company is now in production according to Bill Mitchell at the Toombs County Development Authority.

At its October meeting, the Development Authority approved a $25,000 grant to Universal Tools and owner-operator Perry Brown.  Half of the money is contingent on the company creating at least five new jobs in the next six months.

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The People's Bank of Lyons and Vidalia has a new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.  Al Ross comes to the bank from Colony Bankcorp in Fitzgerald where he was the CEO.

Toombs County will be represented in the next class of Leadership Georgia.  Kareem Owens, who works at Plant Hatch, has been selected for the Class of 2012.