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Lyons Mayor "Cautiously Optimistic" on New Plant
Wednesday, 04 March 2009

March 4--  Lyons Mayor John Moore is "cautiously optimistic" that a food processing company will choose to locate in the Toombs Corporate Center on U.S. One north of Lyons.

The mayor told the city council Tuesday night engineers from the company are coming back to survey the former Symington building regarding location of a large freezer which is required for the plant.  The company has also asked the city for water quality reports, according to Lyons city manager Rick Hartley.

The plant would employ an estimated 238 people.  Toombs County is competing with Florence, South Carolina for the new industry.

Mayor Moore also informed the council of a good meeting he had with members of the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society (SOAPS).  One result may be Lyons participation in future pet adopt-a-thons which are subsidized by SOAPS.

The Lyons council also put a bar called "Cleo's" on 30-day probation after Lyons police found evidence of drug use inside the club which is located on Highway 280 west of Lyons. Councilman Wayne Hartley was the only council member who voted against returning the club's business license.


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