Historic Jail Becomes Family's Part-time Home

1 decade 1 year 8 months ago Wednesday, September 06 2006 Sep 6, 2006 Wednesday, September 06, 2006 12:54:22 PM CDT September 06, 2006 in News
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HUNTSVILLE - The old Randolph County Jail is starting to look a lot like a home. Steve and Alice Quarles bought the former jail in December for a little over $36,000 after the county advertised it on eBay. They've been fixing it up ever since they took possession in May. They've already installed new drywall throughout the house, and the second floor has refinished wood floors. But it'll take more than that to get rid of all the trappings of a minimum-security jail. There are still spots where cigarettes burned the floor and prisoner's shackles made scuffs on the wood. And for now, the couple sleeps on two prison bunks pushed together. The family plans to fix up the jail portion of the home and use it as guest rooms for family reunions or even as bunk space for a missionary training camp.

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