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06.14.2011
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"Ground broken for new Lee library"
The Albany Herald
"House District 152 Rep. Ed Rynders took a not-so-subtle shot at critics who have complained about the planned construction of a Lee County library branch/conference center during a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility Monday morning."
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05.21.2009
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"Hughston Clinic opens in Lee County"
Fox31
"A new orthopedic clinic opened its doors in Lee County."
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11.10.2008
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"Northwest Area of Albany Continues Growth with Additional Security Bank Location"
Security Bank
"Security Bank has opened a new facility at Oakland Plantation in Lee County. This is the
bank's sixth location in the Albany area and the third location in the Northwest Albany/Lee County area. The 13,000 square foot facility offers a full-service retail banking center including commercial banking, private banking services, brokerage services as well as mortgage services."

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04.25.2008
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"First Baptist Church of Albany is moving to Lee County"
WALB
"A downtown Albany landmark is leaving. First Baptist Church has been located downtown since 1906."
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04.03.2007
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"Retail development proposed for Lee County"
WALB
"A North Carolina developer plans to construct two new retail developments on more than 100 acres purchased from Oakland Plantation's business partners. The development will go up along Highway 82 and will include more than 900,000 square feet of retail space."
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01.09.2007
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"Lee County on the right economic path"
WALB
"It seems one of the nation's fastest growing counties is on the right track when it comes to economic development but there's still work to do."
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12.12.2007
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"Lee County's Population Growth at Full Speed..."
"Lee County Chamber Executive Brings Good News To Membership"
"Boom 'Town': Residential Construction Thrives in Lee"
SCENE: Lee County Chamber Magazine

Lee County's population is growing twice as fast as the rest of the state. So, what does the eighth fastest growing Georgia county need to do in order to accommodate this growth? Plan for it.
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03.15.2006
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"Oakland Plantation: A Return to Tradition "
SOWEGA Living Magazine

Visionaries. Gamblers. Shrewd Investors. Risk Takers. No doubt all of these words have been tossed about in conversations regarding the Oakland Plantation master planned community and the seven businessmen who put their money-and their reputations- on the line. The project promises to be unlike anything seen before in Southwest Georgia, but can such an undertaking be successful in the rural south? A handful of Albany are men have bet big money that it can.
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05.15.2005
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"Growth Plan Set in Motion"
The Albany Herald

It’s been about 18 months since Jim Bacon, Dell Bush, David Campbell, Barry Carr, Red Carr, Bruce Melton and John Temp Phillips made perhaps the biggest investment decision of their lives and purchased 5,700 acres from the estate of the late O.D. “Peck” Carlton.Carlton, the founder of Carlton Co., a construction company, had used the scenic land off U.S. Highway 82 in Lee County as a hunting and recreational getaway.
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05.08.2005
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"Oakland Site Plans Started"
The Albany Herald

One of the first signs of development at Oakland Plantation will surface Thursday when Oakcrest Academy conducts its official groundbreaking.Site preparation work is already underway at the southern tip of Oakland Plantation for the 14,000-square-foot child development center. The business, owned by Randi Burson, will be located in the same vicinity as the proposed new home for First Baptist Church.
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01.29.2004
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"First Baptist to Buy Lee Co. Land"
The Albany Herald

After 158 years as a fixture at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Jefferson Street, Albany’s First Baptist Church congregation settled on Lee County for its new home. The congregation voted by a 3-1 margin Wednesday night to purchase 20 acres of land approximately 1,000 yards off U.S. Highway 82 on Oakland Plantation. The church will pay $12,500 per acre.The 255-84 vote came after the church’s relocation committee endorsed the proposed purchase. The congregation had previously voted to move from the downtown building, which has served as the church’s house of worship since 1918.
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01.22.2004
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"Plantation Plans 7,000 Homes"
The Albany Herald

The development of property at Oakland Plantation likely will include upscale homes and shops and possibly the relocation of First Baptist Church of Albany to Lee County. Though the long-range plan is still being hammered out, John Temp Phillips III, an Albany area businessman and one of the seven partners that own the 5,700-acre property, said the goal is to preserve the pristine land for the community. “We feel like we’ve got a real gem and a really fine piece of property,” Phillips said.
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