Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
February 12, 2007
Lee County -- Homebuilding activity across most of the nation has slowed from the boom of the last decade. But Lee County is bucking the trend, homebuilding is staying strong. New housing starts are actually higher than they one year ago.
South Georgia home builders say many of their customers are people moving up from Florida. Nearly a dozen new homes are under construction on Mayfield Drive.
Don't tell builder Steven Bacon that there is a housing slowdown. He is building 35 single family residences now in Lee County. "No sir. It has not slowed down at all," Bacon said. "We have had a lot of people coming from Florida buying houses because of the insurance down there, and the hurricanes and all."
Cecil Ramsey just bought a home built by Bacon in Lee County. He and his wife retired from Riverview Florida, just outside Tampa. "It kept getting more and more crowded. It got so you couldn't go anywhere without it being a major undertaking. Everything got so expensive," Ramsey said.
Ramsey researched most of the South before picking Lee County. And many other Floridians have also. Ramsey said "We have several people in this subdivision that moved here from Florida. It's almost like old home week when you go out and walk."
Despite efforts to curb growth, Bacon says Lee County continues to be the hot home building area, because the lots are available. He continues to start new homes, because he is confident they will sell; many to the wave of Floridians moving north.
Bacon said "Houses are affordable. "They can buy a $160,000 home here that would cost them $300,000 in Florida. So that's one driving force."
Ramsey said he is happy with his decision to retire to South Georgia.
Bacon says he sees no slow down in new home starts anytime soon. Lee County issued 37 new home construction permits in January. In January 2006 they issued 29. Nationwide, new home starts dropped four percent over last year.