Church damaged in tornado begins expansion project - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Church damaged in tornado begins expansion project

A crew works on a new corridor Saturday for Westminster Presbyterian Church. A crew works on a new corridor Saturday for Westminster Presbyterian Church.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Members of a Hattiesburg church that was heavily damaged in last year's tornado have nearly completed making repairs on their historic building and are now beginning an expansion project on the church grounds. 

Saturday, concrete was poured for a corridor at Westminister Presbyterian Church. It will connect a new fellowship hall with the restored sanctuary and education building.

The 2013 tornado caused major roof and water damage to the iconic structure. But now, 90 percent of that building has been restored.

"(In) another week or so, we'll pour the slab for Montague Hall, which is a large fellowship hall and kitchen, and that will tie it all together and we'll be a full-service church again," said Steve Ramp, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

"As crews continue on the fellowship hall slab, the framing crews will start (on the corridor) probably the latter part of next week," said Butch Nobles, general contractor for the project. "Work is continuing inside the existing building and it's nearing completion. We're in good shape on it," he said.

Pastor Ramp hopes all work will be finished in time to hold Christmas services at the church. In the meantime, the congregation will continue to hold services at the nearby Parkway Heights United Methodist church, where they've been meeting since the storm.

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.

 

 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-09-20 01:13:39 GMT
    State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his office is currently engaged in several public corruption investigations, which have led to several arrests in No...

    More >>

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his

    More >>
  • One escaped inmate captured, one at large

    One escaped inmate captured, one at large

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:46 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:46:26 GMT
    James Sanders; Source: MDOCJames Sanders; Source: MDOC

    Authorities captured Parchman escapee James R. Sanders on Tuesday afternoon, according to MDOC. Two inmates escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Monday. Crime Stoppers announced Tuesday that they will offer a $2,500 reward for information leading to the capture of the escapees.  MDOC says they are looking for James R. Sanders and Ryan Young, who are both considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to have escaped Unit 30 between ...

    More >>

    Authorities captured Parchman escapee James R. Sanders on Tuesday afternoon, according to MDOC. Two inmates escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Monday. Crime Stoppers announced Tuesday that they will offer a $2,500 reward for information leading to the capture of the escapees.  MDOC says they are looking for James R. Sanders and Ryan Young, who are both considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to have escaped Unit 30 between ...

    More >>
  • Cruz receives life sentence for 2016 murder

    Cruz receives life sentence for 2016 murder

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:31 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:31:48 GMT
    Melissa Dawn Cruz. Source: Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentMelissa Dawn Cruz. Source: Forrest County Sheriff's Department

    A 2016 Forrest County murder suspect was....... The trial began on Monday and..... The incident occurred on the night of Friday, July 1, 2016.  According to investigator Nick Calico of the Forest County Sheriff's Department, authorities received a call at around 9:50 p.m. about a "suspicious person" walking on Old Highway 49. A second call was made later about a man lying in the road bleeding near Old Highway 49.  Deputies found Kei...

    More >>

    A 2016 Forrest County murder suspect was....... The trial began on Monday and..... The incident occurred on the night of Friday, July 1, 2016.  According to investigator Nick Calico of the Forest County Sheriff's Department, authorities received a call at around 9:50 p.m. about a "suspicious person" walking on Old Highway 49. A second call was made later about a man lying in the road bleeding near Old Highway 49.  Deputies found Kei...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly