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The Nation

A hog farmer who resisted eviction with the help of 100 armed supporters burned his mortgage note after donations from church members throughout Georgia enabled him to pay off the debt. Oscar Lorick, 66, entertained about 1,300 well-wishers at his farm, near Cochran, Ga., to celebrate regaining the 79 acres that have been in his family for 119 years. After the stand-off between Lorick’s backers and the Bleckley County sheriff called attention to Lorick’s plight last December, Atlanta businessman Frank Argenbright Jr. helped to lead the drive that raised the $75,000 needed to clear the deed.


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