PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — The Russell County Sheriff's Office has turned a half-acre of jail property into a thriving summer garden, tended to by a group of female inmates, with the crops going to area shelters, food banks and churches.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the garden got underway about six weeks ago, in a lot behind the jail that had been bare grass. Now that space is lined by rows of peas, okra, tomatoes, melons and squash.
Nine female inmates, overseen by a jail employee, till, plant, pick and maintain the garden each morning.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says it's a chance for them to give back to their community.
The plan is to grow the garden year-round, with new crops each season.
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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the killing of an Opelika man in a shooting that also wounded a Georgia man.
Lee County sheriff's officials say the gunfire happened late Sunday evening, when 29-year-old Jertheaus Antez Williams was shot in the head and later died.
Authorities said 43-year-old Marcus Keith Byrom of Montezuma, Georgia, was shot multiple times in his left arm and torso. He was flown to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia. Deputies said Byrom was in serious but stable condition Monday afternoon.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports that multiple 911 calls were made by people attending a poker party an address on U.S. Highway 431 North in Opelika. Deputies and police officers found about 12 people surrounding the two wounded men on their backs, a short distance from the roadway.