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 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 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 >>
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 >>
November 14, 2007
Lee County -- Home improvement projects are popular, but fewer people are doing them these days. Home improvement experts say it shows deepening pessimism over the housing market. Shares of Home Depot and Lowe's Stock hit 52 week lows.
New home construction continues in Lee County, and builders say they know fewer people are doing home improvements, and they plan to take advantage of the slump.
Home builder Rick Rogers said "As a building industry, we are looking at that to be a pickup for us."
Through the housing boom and home price increases, people did lots of home improvement, and Home Depot and Lowe's stock soared. Now the housing slump and their earnings and stock prices have tumbled.
South Georgia contractors say home improvement jobs usually slow down this time of year, but this is the worst many can remember.
Tim Coalson of Coalson Contracting said "Yea, being close to the holiday, slower year, tighter economy. Not as many people borrowing."
Coalson says building material prices like wood and concrete are soaring. "A box of gun nails is up about ten dollars a box. Which is about 25 percent over normal prices."
Home Depot Analysts say there is no doubt the home improvement and housing markets are tumbling, and so is their stock. But South Georgia new home builders say because many people are not improving their homes, they predict buyers will want to move into new homes when the market picks back up.
"Right now what we're building, we're building for the spring time of next year," Rogers said.
Analysts say falling home prices will in turn keep home improvement demand from growing. South Georgia home builders agree, and continue putting up new houses to take advantage of expected growth in the area.
"I don't fear. We got seven going right now," Rogers said.
Home Depot points out they have opened new stores in several South Georgia cities like Americus and Cordele, sure that the housing slump here will not be a long lasting one.