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Locals praise cabinet member's visit
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (center) stands with Ludowici Mayor Myrtice Warren and Police Chief Richard Robertson (second right) and other officers of the LPD. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
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LUDOWICI — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited here Monday to conduct a community forum and to inform the Ludowici Police Department it had been approved for a grant and loan package to buy three new police cars.
People from all over the state attended the forum, and several residents had much to say about the cabinet member’s visit:

“First and foremost I appreciate the grant package that we have received for the three new cars. We really need them, but I also want to thank the secretary for coming down and talking to the officers one on one. That was very nice of him.”
— LPD Chief Richard Robertson.

“We appreciate you (Vilsack) coming down, and we are thankful for the new police cars. A lot of times the smaller communities like ours get overlooked. So it’s nice when something good like this happens.”
— Ludowici Mayor Myrtice Warren.

“Like everyone else, I’m honored that he came here to Ludowici. I was truly impressed with his knowledge. Often times people in positions like his are dependent on others for their answers, but he was able to give informative answers in an open and honest way. As a member of the Obama team, he was impressive and it shows the wisdom of our president by him being selected for his position.”
— Long County Family Connection Executive Director William Miller.

“I was very happy that he came to Georgia today and it was even better that he came to Southeast Georgia. He seemed like a person who was very approachable, and accessible to the people.”
— Brooke Floyd, district representative for U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston

“He seemed to be a real down-to-earth person. He was well versed about all of the questions that were presented to him, and I was really impressed with his knowledge.  I also am proud that we were able to host this event, and it was good to see the turnout from the local people, and also many of the state officials like Eric Johnson and Tommie Irvin. When you also take into account that we had people from all over the state here today; it was really something else.”
— Long County Commissioner Wallace Shaw.

“I thought it was really a good thing. There was a great turnout of farmers from all over the state and a lot of people from here in our area. It was good for Long County having the forum.”
— Long County resident Patricia Durham.

“The secretary coming here showed everyone that the Obama administration wants to hear what farmers and members of the community have to say. I was real impressed with his answers. He had to deal with questions from organic crops to bees and with all of them, he handled himself well. He was impressive to me.”
— Ludowici/Long County Fire Department Chief Darrell Ballance

“Today was outstanding, excellent. It’s not that often that Southeast Georgia, let alone Long County, has someone of this level, a presidential cabinet member, come into our community and talk to the people. The Secretary doing that speaks volumes about him as an individual.”
— Long County Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters
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