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Richmond Hill Florist has just opened a new full service "location," open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers can now access the shop’s web site at The new site is partnered with, a directory dedicated to helping consumers finding real florists in their area, and features flowers for all occasions, including holiday and seasonal arrangements. In addition to the web site, orders can be placed in person, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday by appointment, or over the phone at 756-3838 or 1-800-294-4062.



What’s the Scoop Café is the newest shop to open in the Crossroads Center off Hwy. 17. The café offers 100 percent juice smoothies by Dr. Smoothie, blended with nutritional supplements, boosters, and meal replacements; a selection of locally homemade Tradewinds icecream; and slushies, specialty coffee beverages, panini sandwiches, Chicago-style hotdogs, bagels, muffins, and more. What’s the Scoop also offers Wi-Fi. Call 756-7747, email, or stop by and get the scoop in person.


Farm bill

The House of Representatives recently approved the 2007 Farm Bill, 231 to 191. The bill extends the direct payment, counter-cyclical payment, and marketing loan peanut programs contained in the 2002 Farm Bill.

The new bill was drafted with no additional money for agricultural commodities. The Georgia Peanut Commission also included a new peanut four-year crop rotation program for peanut producers, which could provide further assistance to producers, improve the environment, adhere to trade restrictions and improve yields, said Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission.

The bill sets the marketing loan rate for peanuts at $355 per ton, and the target price at $495 per ton. It also prevents the Farm Service Agency, Rural Development Agency, or the Natural Resources Conservation Service from closing any county or field offices for one year after the enactment of the overall Farm Bill.

The House Agricultural Committee approved the 2007 Farm Bill on July 19. For more information, visit


Compiled by Jessica Holthaus. To get us your business news, call Holthaus at 756-2668 or email her at

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