Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
JACKSON COUNTY,MS (WLOX) – Jackson County is steadily getting back on its feet after being knocked down by one of the worst storms in the United States history five years ago. Hurricane Katrina's devastation motivated the county and citizens to build back safer, smarter and stronger.
Hurricane Katrina's powerful punch damaged and destroyed 12,000 homes. Pat and Bill Decher's house was among the 12,000 homes both damaged and destroyed in Jackson County.
"You are in essence homeless," Bill Descher said.
Five years later, the couple is back home with a new house and new outlook on life.
"You no longer worry about material things in life and so on. You just appreciate having a place where it is a home," Bill Descher said.
It is also back to business for several retail shops and restaurants. In fact, more than 10,000 housing and building permits have been issued post Katrina in Jackson County.
"We had to get back open as soon as possible to try to put some normalcy and of course to get some income too," Richard Chenoweth said.
Chenoweth owns Scranton's restaurant, and he has vivid memories of what Katrina's wind and water did to his place.
"When the water started coming I was watching the dumpster floating up the street here and water was up to here," Chenoweth said.
Jackson County leaders have been successful in getting governmental buildings back up and running. They cut the ribbon on a $4.5 million Health Department that has a tornado shelter in the back. Another $4 million was spent to remodel both the Sheriff's Office and the courthouse. A new $14 million County Services complex is also in the works in downtown Pascagoula.
The county is also investing in more storm protection. In May, the county opened a $1.5 million dollar evacuation shelter in the Fontainebleau Community. Three other shelters will soon go up in Jackson County.
"These things are 10,000 square foot facilities that FEMA is building for us. They will house four to 500 people each," Supervisor John McKay said.
Leaders and citizens said they are proud that great strides are being made in restoring what Katrina messed up and they hope the work continues.