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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
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A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
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Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Flint River Habitat for Humanity officials say demand for Habitat homes in Albany has more than doubled since the housing crisis began, and they predict that demand will continue to skyrocket.
Velma McClary never applied for a home loan until Flint River Habitat for Humanity.
"No I never did," McClary said. "Because I never thought I could get one."
But this week McClary moves into her new three bedroom house that Habitat for Humanity partnered with her to build.
"We are the bank," said Executive Director Stacey Odom Driggers.
With families losing homes through foreclosures, and banks less willing to make home loans, more people turned to Habitat last month for help.
"We had standing room only, more than 200 people there, inquiring to apply for a Habitat home," Driggers said.
More than double the number of applicants from the month before.
"We're here to help people who can't get a traditional loan, and otherwise could not be homeowners. We're here to give people a chance," Driggers said.
McClary did a great deal of the building herself, along with volunteers. Habitat helped her move into her first home, with a monthly payment of only 350 dollars a month, including taxes and insurance.
"I love this counter top, and I love that the dining room is separated from the kitchen," McClary said. "I love to cook... good cook," she say with a laugh.
Flint River Habitat starts two new homes, but expects the housing crisis to make the demand for their help continue to skyrocket.
"Our next workshop is in January, and it will be interesting to see if it's the same," Driggers said.
They know the need for their help to build affordable housing is growing.
Flint River Habitat Officials say they usually complete about six houses a year, but know the demand will be much greater in coming months.