‘Weeding out’ the crime, negativity in Unionville

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Part of the Unionville neighborhood got a much needed makeover Friday morning. It’s all thanks to Bibb County jail inmates taking part in Weed out the Weed.

It’s an initiative from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office to clean up neighborhoods that have been overlooked and abandoned.

Pastor Margot Dent, has a transitional home in Unionville. She is in charge of bringing hope to others, but says it was hard when the area looks bad.

“Living here has been hard,” said Dent. “Trying to keep it clean because I have family members coming here, friends church members coming here.”

She says there was rash everywhere and people had been using the vacant lot as a dump.”

Thanks to Macon-Bibb County and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, that has changed.

“We’re trying to do what we can to fight some of this blighted condition,” said Bibb County Sheriff David Davis. “These blighted conditions, are sort of a magnet for mischief.”

Three inmates took their equipment to Pansy and Iris street to help get rid of the clutter.

“You can imagine a lot, a piece of property that has not had anything done with in 20 years,” said Sheriff Davis.

“It’s a new beginning, said Dent. “A beginning that had disappeared. I’ve been here 9 years and it’s the cleanest I’ve seen it since I’ve been here.”

Dent says she can now enjoy where she lives and continue to help others.

“With this cleanup now, it’s going to attract more people here,” said Dent. “I can take in more clients. Probably get a second house to help the community and build it up, for the best.”

Sheriff Davis says cleaning up the area will also be one step toward decreasing crime.

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