Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:28:33 GMT
Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency: Southwest Georgia Public Health: This public resource targets communities in Southwest Georgia and includes suggestionsMore >>
Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:51 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:51:04 GMT
Information from the Tift County Sheriff's Office- On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force along with the Tift County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on the residence of 36More >>
The Mid-South Narcotics Task Force and the Tift County Sheriff's Office arrested 36 year old Daniel Eubanks, and seized over $100K in cash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:38:05 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:34:44 GMT
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigative Bureau would like to solicit the public's assistance with locating Kizzie Lashay Coleman, 21. She is 5'7" and weighs 176 pounds. The Albany PoliceMore >>
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigative Bureau would like to solicit the public's assistance with locating Kizzie Lashay Coleman, 21. She is 5'7" and weighs 176 pounds.More >>
Got a smart phone? WALB has two FREE APPS you shouldn't be without! Go to the Apple App Store if you have an iPhone and to Google PLAY if you have a DROID. Search WALB APPS, and install our weather andMore >>
Got a smart phone? WALB has two FREE APPS you shouldn't be without! Go to the Apple App Store if you have an iPhone and to Google PLAY if you have a DROID.More >>
March 26, 2003
SYLVESTER - It's a tale of two low income families, both in Sylvester. The Hamiltons are paying $36 a month for public housing, "I'm proud of where I stay at and I love my apartment to death," Martha Hamilton said.
The Williams are paying $100 a month for a home, likely five months away from being condemned. "It's just a disgrace way it is," Dorothy B. Williams said.
Williams, a seventeen year resident of the Isabella and Martin Luther King Drive community, lives in the two-bedroom house with her six children and grandchildren.
"We have no sink, just have a commode in the bathroom, that's it," Dorothy B. Williams said. "We heat our water in the stove to wash dishes and we heat our water to take a bath with we don't have running water out here."
After a crusade for better housing by a local church, the city responded. "We said have to bring up to building code or be tore down," City Manager Jim Dinley said.
All indications so far, are the landlord will choose the latter. The question now where will Williams and other people in the community go? A housing authority home like Hamilton's? Not likely.
"Right now we are 100 percent occupied, have 44 people on public housing waiting list and 97 on rural development waiting list," Steve Bennett said.
But the housing authority director says anyone in need of housing should apply, like Hamilton, luck might be on your side.
"If it weren't for them, the housing authority I don't know where I'd be,"
Probably some where on Isabella with an outhouse at the backdoor, and a condemned sign soon to be on the front.
With it's waiting list, Sylvester is like many other South Georgia towns. The housing authority reports it's continuing to apply for grants and create more affordable housing. They also are urging public housing residents to continue their education and begin saving for a house.