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Traci Lyn Bland Rand Michael Merchant

Mr. and Mrs. Guy D. Bland of Jacksonville, Georgia, announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Traci Lyn Bland, to Rand Michael Merchant, son of Lisa Merchant of Douglas, Georgia, and Mike and Stacy Merchant of Fitzgerald, Georgia.

Grandparents of the bride elect are Mrs. Melrose S. Jones and the late Doy Jones of Portal and the late Guy R. and Martha Bland of Jacksonville, Georgia. The bride-elect is a 2006 graduate of Telfair County High School and a graduate of the University of Georgia, with degrees in animal science and a master of agricultural leadership in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She is currently employed as an equine veterinary technician.

Grandparents of the groom-elect are Rudolph and Bett Thurman of Pridgen, Georgia, and Johnny Ward the late Betty Jean Ward of Douglas. The groom-elect is a 2005 graduate of Coffee County High school. He also holds degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the University of Georgia and is completing his Ph.D. in plant and soil science from Texas Tech University. He is employed as a technical service representative for BASF.

The couple are set to be married in Tifton, Georgia, at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on March, 25, 2017, with the Rev. Casey Wright officiating. Invitations will be sent.

The couple will reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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