Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
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 >>
By: Karrie Leggett
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- To say that Pearl River Community College's recovery from Hurricane Katrina has been a long road is an understatement, and President Dr. William Lewis was there every step of the way.
"Unfortunately Pearl River Community College was the most devastated of all the community colleges in the state after Katrina. The damages particularly to the poplarville campus was substantial. Many buildings destroyed. We had a lot of devastation here and it has been a long road for recovery," said Lewis.
And the difficulties did not end there. Finding resources to rebuild the campus was a struggle.
"We had an extensive battle with the insurance company to get the kind of settlement that we felt like was reasonable and appropriate, that took four years and since that time we have been negotiating and working with FEMA to try to get the additional funds that we need to rebuild," said Lewis.
Five years later and Pearl River Community College is still experiencing how Hurricane Katrina changed them and that change may be for the better, with construction finally beginning on buildings to replace those that were lost in the storm.
"One a men's housing facility that will be rebuilt and hopefully open this time next year with 114 new beds. Then, our Moody Hall facility which is by the way the oldest instructional building on any two year college campus in the state. Again that is coming out of the ground this week and we're just real excited," said Lewis.
The community college has made great strides towards bouncing back from Katrina, but there is still work to be done.
"The storm did a lot of damage here and we are still struggling with that damage but on the other side of the fence when these building projects and construction projects are completed in the next few years it will give a whole new look to our campus. Give us some resources that we did not have before available to the college and we'll make a real showplace for our institution," said Lewis.
A showplace proving that a road to recovery may be slow at times...but successful.