_ Valdosta has a new option for those with a sweet tooth: Raymond’s Famous Cookie Shop, 2176 N. Ashley St., opened about three weeks ago. Owner Shanmarella Rayford said the new store was an outgrowth of her home business; she had baked cookies in her own kitchen for five years. The new store is a carry-out, with Cookies’ n Cream being the best seller, she said. Raymond’s famous cookie shop is closed on Tuesdays and is open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Raymond said.
– Patriots Place, a new apartment complex on Bemiss Road, is promoting tenants. A sign in front of the construction site indicates that the company is now entering into leases. The phone number on the sign is (229) 548-4833.
– Sanderson Farms, which has facilities in Cook County, increased the wages of all hourly employees on Sept. 26, the company said in a statement. Hourly carriers get a minimum of $ 16.70 an hour, with additional rate increases for five, 10, 15, and 20 years with the company. Truck driver pay will range from $ 21.25 to $ 24.99 an hour, the statement said.
– A new Circle K convenience store is being built at the intersection of Norman Drive and US 84. The location used to be the location of a Quality Inn motel.
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Terry Richards is a senior reporter for the Valdosta Daily Times.