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Developer's cookout draws 500 in Long County
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Peggy Nobles and Victoria Raymer were busy setting up the food for the meal. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
LUDOWICI - It didn't take RMR and Associates long to figure out that the way one gets to know a community is by putting together an old fashion cookout.
Friday, Joe Raymer, Keith Mulligan and Dan Reilly laid out a spread of food and fed 500 local folks and even a few from the surrounding counties.
"This was our first annual barbecue and it was our way of getting to know the folks in Long County a little better," all three said.
The group is currently in the early stages of building The Town Square Village in the corner of Highway 57 and Baggs Cemetery Road.
According to the developers, the plans are to have a convenience store, a McDonald's restaurant, a shopping plaza, and a grocery store.
The meal was originally to be in the parking lot between the courthouse and the sheriff's department, but with the hospitality of the Ludowici Church of God, was moved to it fellowship hall because of the cold.
Sheriff Cecil Nobles, who helped plan and organize the day, welcomed everyone and then introduced the men behind RMR.
"A day like this is great for Long County, we are growing and we need places like a McDonalds and a shopping center," Noble said.
Ludowici Mayor Myrtice Warren said, "If I was to rate today, I would give it a 100 percent. It has been wonderful.  Also getting this new shopping center is too good to be true, it will be great for our area."
After the meal, the developers passed out T-shirts and answered questions.
Rye Patch resident Mike Golden, who came out with his wife Melissa, said, "I think this was well attended by the community, and I know everyone enjoyed the food."
"We just want to thank all who helped us put this together, and we especially want to than the community for making us feel so welcomed, and for them coming out today," Raymer said.
Long County Commissioner Cliff Deloach said, "The community coming together like this is great, our city and county is growing, and all I can say is, good things are happening for Long County."
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