Posted: Thursday, July 25th 2013 at 12:20pm
Vandals damage Lula Veterans Park
By B.J. Williams Editor
LULA - When city workers arrived at 8 a.m. Thursday to turn on the fountains at Lula's downtown Veterans Park, they discovered someone had spray-painted parts of the brick wall.
"Lots of guys whose names are on that wall gave their life for this country," said Lula City Councilman Norm Harrop.
Harrop commented as he waited on Hall County Sheriff's Office investigators to complete their report on the overnight incident. He said the vandals had to strike after 9 p.m. - when the fountains at the park are turned off - and before 8 a.m. - when workers turn the fountains on each day.
Harrop said it's the first time the park has ever been vandalized. It was dedicated four years ago on July 21, 2009.
"Why do you want to do something like that?" asked Harrop. "Why do you want to put spray paint on the bricks? You know, it's almost like disgracing us."
Harrop said city workers had tried pressure washing the paint off of the brick, but that was unsuccessful. He said they would try other clean-up methods and would work until the mess was gone.
"They'll be down there all day, at least a couple of workers [will]."
Harrop, who is also the president of the Lula Historical Society, said the Society will offer a $500 reward to anyone who can offer information to authorities that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.
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