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A Tift County cold case still haunts a family nearly 10 years a young mother's murder. It was September 2003 when the body of Candy Cook was discovered in a field near the Tift County airport. Her familyMore >>
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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
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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 >>
July 14, 2007
By: Cade Fowler
Americus -- A Sumter County man who lost his home during the March 1, 2007 tornadoes will soon have a new start.
New Horizons Habitat for Humanity broke ground today at the very site where Gary Merritt lost everything he owned.
Merritt was thrown from his home and buried in debris when a tornado ripped through Americus 4-months ago leaving a pathway of destruction.
Merritt was inured in the storm, his home demolished, but his spirit wasn't broken. With the help of good people and faith, Merritt will soon be the proud owner of a brand new home.
March 1, 2007 is a date that will forever live in the minds of many South Georgians. Especially those that witnessed first hand the impact deadly tornadoes had on local communities.
Gary Merritt recalls that early March afternoon just like it was yesterday. He says, " it was shortly after 9 PM when I heard the sound everyone always talks about. It sounded like a train, rocket, or a jet. I thought, I don't live that close to a train station."
What Merritt heard outside wasn't a train, it was the powerful winds of a tornado, and it was heading directly toward his home.
"My house started coming apart," says Merritt. He adds, "all that pressure, I saw my floor go forty feet up in the air, and I landed over there in the ditch."
Merritt says, "There's a reason for me to be spared. There was a reason for me to live. I didn't have anything left, but I walked away with my life."
A neighborhood still visibly scarred over one hundred days later - volunteers, friends, and family gather at the very location where nothing shy of a miracle spared the life of Gary Merritt for the groundbreaking of his new home.
Tom Weiland is with the New Horizon Habitat for Humanity. He says, "the tornado caused a lot of damage, however, there are a lot of good things coming out of this rebuilding. Helping others is one of the best things that resulted from it."
Soon Habitat volunteers, along with the help from other organizations, will begin building a dream where a nightmare took place.
Merritt agrees that faith has played a big roll in getting through this hard time. He says "Faith. That's the key, having faith. Having belief in your faith."
And it will be through faith in others that will provide Merritt with a new place to call home.