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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
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Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
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A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
December 9, 2003
Albany - Nearly 10 years after the worst flood in Georgia history, Albany's Riverside Cemetery still isn't repaired. Work is being done now, but some families aren't happy with it.
The sound of construction replaces the normal silence of the Riverside/Oakview cemetery. "We're in the midst of a rehabilitation project to repair items that we displaced or destroyed in the flood on 1994," said City Engineer Wes Smith.
For the last 7 weeks, historical restoration experts have helped work crews repair broken or displaced ledgers, many of which are a century old.
A few headstones and an obelisk all are that's left from the once elaborate Farkas family plot. The rest was destroyed by a sinkhole after the flood. "FEMA told us that they would put back the headstones and put the cemetery back, as a whole, as it was before the flood. That was their promise," said Sandy Farkas.
But, Sandy Farkas says FEMA hasn't fulfilled that promise. City Engineer Wes Smith agrees. "We had anticipated replacing all the granite, marble, and concrete ledgers, but FEMA ultimately required us to come back with a standard marker instead. We had also anticipated replacing all decorate walls around a number of the sites, but FEMA wouldn't allow for there replacement," said Smith.
The Farkas family took its complaints to Congressman Sanford Bishop. They are demanding answers to why FEMA isn't replacing all the monuments and gravestones as promised.
"We would go out there for High Holy days and people's birthdays to put flowers and stones in honor of the Jewish religion," said Farkas.
For ten years, the Farkas family has had no place to go to remember their ancestors. Soon the salvaged headstones will stand again on the sacred burial site, but the family finds no peace with the way the federal government treated their family.
The city must be finished with the work by December 31st. FEMA will not pay for any work done after the end of the year.