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Jail air conditioning should be fixed by Thursday, Benton says

— Despite the sweltering heat outside and the lack of air conditioning inside a portion of the Highlands County jail, it appeared inmates and the employees were not sweating.

Last week the air conditioning stopped working, but jail officials say they have fans going, and being that the building is concrete and has insulation, it’s more comfortable inside than outside.

Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton said the air conditioning stopped working in a portion of the jail that has separate wings for both adults and juveniles, but the situation has been manageable.

The new air conditioner, which costs $8,500, was scheduled to arrive today but a crane to hoist it on the roof won’t be available until Wednesday, she said.

Benton said the jail and the sheriff’s office have multiple air conditioning systems.