New Jail Update

Sumter County Sheriff Johnny Hatter says the county's new jail will officially open either at the end of this month or the first of the next.

He says he's been assured that he will have the keys to the new facility by the end of this month.

Work on the new jail began about two years ago but has periodically been halted due to disputes with contractors.

With a capacity of about 84 inmates, the new jail will house almost double the number of the current facility.