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October 24-- Paul Bennett, Chairman and President of Alma Exchange Bank (left) welcomes Al Ross as the new head of the Peoples Bank of Lyons and Vidalia.  Ross's first day at the bank was Monday. (Photo courtesy Kathy Bradford)

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Earlier Bennett announced the appointment to bank employees and said "I am pleased to announce that AI Ross has been elected Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer as well as Director for Peoples Bank. Al has a strong work ethic and is a very well respected banker. I think each of you will like him and appreciate the knowledge that he has gained and brings to our bank. He comes to us from Colony Bankcorp in Fitzgerald, Ga. where he served as CEO. Please join me in welcoming Al as well as his wife, Sonya and children Abby who is a student at Valdosta State University and Austin is an 11th grade student at Coffee High."