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Ribbon-cutting set for restored USM Ogletree House

Restoration work on USM's Ogletree House has reached "substantial completion." Restoration work on USM's Ogletree House has reached "substantial completion."
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Restoration work is nearly finished on an iconic Southern Miss building that was heavily damaged in last year's tornado.

Southern Miss officials said work on the historic Ogletree House has reached "substantial completion." That building houses the offices of the Southern Miss Alumni Assn.

Much of the south and east ends of the building were damaged during the Feb. 10, 2013 tornado.

Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Alumni Assn., said a ribbon-cutting for the restored structure will be held in early September.

"With this facility being on the State Archives and History's record of protected structures, the facility had to be repaired exactly like it was prior to the storm, so it's similar as it can possibly be to the way that is was on February the 9th," said DeFatta.

He said the ribbon-cutting should coincide with the completion of landscape restoration on the front of campus. Much of that area was also damaged during the tornado.

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