Jail meals contract awarded

  • The Hartwell Sun
    The Hartwell Sun
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The downtown Hartwell restaurant Backtracks is now serving food to inmates at the Hart County Jail.
The Hart County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 20 approved the restaurant to take over the food service at the jail during a special called meeting.
The county is paying Backtracks $3.50 for breakfast, $4.10 for lunch and $1.75 for snacks, bringing the total per inmate per day to $9.35.
The new contract replaces the one with Ludi’s Soul Food, which had been providing meal services at the jail, that was terminated at an emergency meeting in November. The county commission voted at that meeting to end its agreement with Ludi’s after its owner, Amy Oglesby, her husband Steven Oglesby and Steven’s father, county commissioner R.C. Oglesby, were arrested on Nov. 7 and charged with racketeering, among other things, for their alleged involvement in a scheme to trade drugs for EBT cards issued through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Ingle’s grocery store handled food service at the jail in the interim.