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POSTED: April 29, 2014 8:00 a.m.
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Ludowici Altamaha Federal Credit Union Vice-President of Operations Christy Wingate and Branch Manager Erica Scott welcome guests and members of the Long County Chamber of Commerce to their Business After Hours Social.

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The Altamaha Federal Credit Union Ludowici office hosted the Long County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours Thursday.
Vice-president of operations Christy Wingate welcomed approximately 40 people and then introduced dignitaries, including AFCU board member Dempsey Golden and Long County State Court Judge Jeff Arnold.  
Wingate said AFCU opened in 1955 and stressed the company’s 60th anniversary is next year. She said that AFCU was the oldest credit union in the area, and that the non-profit financial institution’s priorities are service and competitive rates.
She said the Ludowici branch opened in 2005 and has expanded with the community.
Chamber President Don Melton asked the group to oppose expansion of the Townsend Bombing Range. He said the expansion would cost the county so much that it would be a certainty that taxes would have to increase. He said the chamber wasn’t getting involved with the politics, but wanted to get the message out that higher taxes would hurt business.
He said that citizens could sign a petition against the project at Citizens of Long County Georgia Facebook page. Melton said if enough pressure is applied then plans may be changed or at least compensation paid by the federal government.


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