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The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.The newly expanded facility isMore >>
The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.More >>
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The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.More >>
"Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country's president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from analysts to separatist rebels to NATO...More >>
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The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the...More >>
Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new...More >>
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A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened. Bobby Ray McCombs brothersMore >>
A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened.
Early Saturday morning in the Lagos Del Sol neighborhood in Hope
Hull you heard the sounds of a man using a shovel to scrape up weeds on the
sidewalk and the sound of a lawnmower.
You also heard Marion Giles' cheerful voice.
"Good morning everyone!" said Giles.
Giles is a long time resident and is disappointed to see her
subdivision reduced to vacant homes, high grass and litter.
It's the calling card of neglect and apathy.
"I'm trying to teach these people and educate them on what
cleanliness is," Giles said.
Giles spent her day handing out trash bags to just about anyone
who wanted to help clean up.
"We're trying to get all this trash up," Giles told a
In order for the neighborhood to qualify for state grants,
residents had to take action by cleaning up and taking responsibility and do so
on a consistent basis. The grants would go a long way to alleviate major
flooding issues. Children got in the act of sprucing, too.
And so on this day the hard, sweaty work of scraping and cutting
grass was the first step in what many hope is the beginning of a cleaner
place to live, one Bernard Johnson wants to be proud of again.
"Hopefully this will improve the neighborhood," said
Lee Underwood is counting on the same thing.
"We are determined to make this a better
neighborhood,"said Underwood who is the vice president of the Lagos Del Sol
What bothered Johnson the most is the fact many residents who've
come and gone just didn't care.
"Look at this.. this house is really bad shape and I can't
tell you the last time the grass got cut," he said.
Despite the Herculean task of getting Lagos Del Sol back in shape,
Miguel Lopez, for one, sees hope. In fact, Lopez says he is in the process of
buying the very home he is cleaning up and renovating.
"It's a good neighborhood. That's why I'm cleaning it up
and plan to start living here," said Lopez.
The Montgomery County Commission has helped by filling in a giant
sinkhole and is working to assist residents with drainage issues.
Although this is only day one, people like Marion Giles, Bernard
Johnson, Lee Underwood and Miguel Lopez feel they are making a difference..
block by block.