Lee chamber adds new members

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Four local businesses and organizations have joined the growing collection that has bought into the slogan: "Lee County -- Life works well here."

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were conducted recently by the Lee County Chamber of Commerce for Lee County Optical, the Lee branch of AB&T and the Pregnancy Resource Center; while Plantation Parkway Assembly of God Senior Pastor Craig Howell announced that the church had added its name to the Lee chamber's growing roster.

"It's awesome to add a group of new members, especially here at the first of the year," Chamber Director of Operations Lesley Barbosa said Wednesday. "We've heard a lot about the (ongoing) bad economy, but this is certainly a good sign for our region. It means people are opening new businesses."

Lee County Optical, owned and operated by Dr. Renee Gordon, is located at 1569 U.S. Highway 19 South; while the new AB&T branch is located at 1204-A Highway 19 South in the new Publix at Lee Crossings shopping complex. The bank's president, Luke Flatt, spoke at the AB&T ribbon-cutting.

The Pregnancy Resource Center, which will initially open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and offer free pregnancy testing, client advocates to discuss unplanned pregnancies, community resource referrals and pregnancy classes, is located on Starksville Avenue in downtown Leesburg.

Plantation Parkway Assembly of God, available online at www.plantationparkway.com, is located at 130 McIntosh Farms Road. Services are scheduled at the facility Sunday mornings (9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 10:45 a.m., worship service) and Wednesday evenings (Mpact Girls Ministries, Royal Rangers, Revolve Youth Church, midweek adult service, all at 6:30 p.m.)

Information about the new businesses or chamber news is available online at www.leechamber.net or by calling (229) 759-2422.