If you're strapped for cash, but still would like to be able to afford a new home, this could be the opportunity of a life-time for you.
A 3,200 square foot home is being built, and one lucky winner will be able to move in, at the cost of only $100.
St. Jude Children's Hospital is raising money to support research for children's cancer, by building a brand new home in Warner Robins. Tickets to win the house will cost $100, but the payout is a house worth about $350,000. But there are only going to be 6,000 tickets sold, so if you want a chance to win, you need to hurry and get your ticket.
Jeff Liszewski is the contractor in charge of building the new home in the Tiffany Subdivision off of Feagin Mill Road. He is volunteering his time and resources to get the job done.
"Whoever wins this house, it's not just a house. It's in a beautiful subdivision with trees, which is a little hard to find nowadays," Liszewski says.
Plumbers, electricians, and many other sub-contractors, have been working on the house since early April. Most of them are competitors with one another. But Liszewski says, when it came to helping the kids at St. Jude's, everybody just worked together.
"That's whats special to me, to see something like that come together," Liszewski said.
The house is not completly finished yet. Interior detail work and flooring still needs to be completed, but Liszewski promises that when it is finished, the house will be beautiful and fully functional.
The house will be open for viewing July 9th, and the raffle to win it will be held August 14th.
For more information about the house, how to buy your ticket, and information about Jeff's work, click here.
Middle Georgia Farmers blame the tough new immigration laws for scaring away seasonal workers from Mexico and other Latin American countries. Farmers say many of Georgia's money making crops like onions and peaches aren't getting picked, and it's costing them millions of dollars.
According to Executive Director of Georgia's Fruits and Vegetables Association, Charles Hall, around 40% of Georgia's migrant workforce has disappeared.
He says workers are scared of being deported.
"We're getting this feed back from our crews and workers in Florida that don't want to come into Georgia. They've heard rumors of road blocks and people being stopped for a traffic violation, and basically being deported," says Hall.
State Representative and farm owner, Robert Dickey, says farmers are in desperate need of workers.
"If we can't have the labor to harvest our vegetables and fruit crops they'll just have to be grown in an other state," says Dickey.
The workforce shortage is already impacting the state's billion dollar agriculture business.
"If the same level of shortage of workers continues we're estimating 25-30% of the farm gate value being left in the field, which equates to in dollars and cents to about $250 million lost in the industry," says Hall.
The figure would be per year. Lawmakers say it's all about revamping a failed system. "We need to make sure that those workers are validated. That they follow legal procedures and certainly that it can be done in a timely manner," says Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black.
Dickey adds, "It's real unfortunate Georgia had to go forward and try and says 'enough is enough', but it really needs to be a federal issue."
The Georgia Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Association is currently working with the Department of Labor to get unemployed Georgians to work in the fields.
This Friday,Gary Black, will present a report to Governor Nathan Deal on the impact of the worker shortage.