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Walter L. Wells of Prince Frederick and Parran M. Russell of Clements were elected to the local board of directors at the annual membership meeting of the Charlotte Hall Service of Southern States co-op held in Hughesville on Nov. 7.

More than 140 stockholder-members and their families attended.

James K. Raley Jr. of Avenue was elected chairman and president of the local board, and Wells was named vice chairman and vice president.

Elected to the Southern States Farm Home Advisory Committee were Helen Marie Walter of Hughesville and Brenda Goddard of La Plata.

Paula Rice of Newburg was chosen chairwoman of the Farm Home Advisory Committee, and Melinda Rice of Faulkner was named secretary.

Raley was elected as delegate to a district election meeting to be held in late summer or early fall. Wells will be the first alternate.

The local meeting also included a report by Jack Kemp of Chestertown, district manager, on major developments at the cooperative during the past year.

Kemp reported that total local operating volume for the past year was about $6.1 million.

Other highlights of the meeting included dedication of a plaque in memory of Paul W. Bowers.

Founded in 1923, Southern States now has more than 300,000 farmer-members. One of the nationís largest agricultural cooperatives, the Richmond, Va.-based firm provides a range of farm products.