Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
June 7, 2006
Leesburg -- Along with the record population growth in Lee County, comes crime and the need for more jail space. When their county's jail is full, the Sheriff has to take the inmates to another county's jail, and pay them to house them.
Earlier this year that was costing Lee County about $20,000 a month. Now work is underway so they can house more at their own facility.
This former recreation room at the Lee County jail is getting a face lift, and in about a month will help with overcrowding. Chief Dennis Parker of the Lee County Sheriff's Office said, "This will be a temporary relief from having to spend that money to house inmates in some other county."
The Lee County jail has 74 beds total now. This construction will add room for 14 more beds, which means a significant saving for the county. Chief Parker said, "Normally when you house an inmate out of county it costs about $45 a day."
The construction is costing only about $50,000, because state prison inmates are doing a great deal of the work. Chief Parker said, "Which will save up about one hundred thousand dollars doing it this way."
Bunk beds will be installed in twelve of the individual cells, so the jail will have 26 new beds. A short term solution to their growing jail population issues.
Lee County has the plans to add another wing onto their jail, but not the money to pay for it yet.
Lee County Sheriff's officials expect the construction work to be finished by July, potentially saving over $1,100 a day if they had to house inmates in other counties.