Vandals Damage City's 50-Year-Old Christmas Decorations


By Brittany Bivins

Most of us have heard of the Grinch who stole Christmas. Now one Pike County town is dealing with vandals who are destroying the town's decorations. City officials say someone is targeting one of their favorite town traditions and décor that has lit up Main Street for half a century.

Driving past Santa's Village in Brundidge, you might not notice anything different...until you take a closer look. You can still see the rips where someone tore the wooden elves apart Thanksgiving weekend.

"Somebody actually knocked down and broke it in half, and we had some talented people to repair them," said City Manager Britt Thomas.

City officials say last weekend, vandals also tore down garlands, breaking some 60-year-old bulbs that light up downtown each Christmas.

"To think about, it's somebody here in this city, been having it all these years, and they're going to mess with is, it's really sickening," said City Councilwoman Betty Baxter.

And it's not the first time. Last year, someone stole the baby Jesus from a manger scene, ripped apart the reindeer at City Hall, and stole Rudolph's nose.

"It's mean spirited people somewhere along the way, who don't have goodness in their hearts," Thomas said.

City officials say the monetary damage is minimal, but that's because most of the decorations just can't be replaced.

"It's been around for a long time. The guy who designed it actually had a display, I'm told, in the White House at one time, so it's something that's special in our community and we'd like to maintain it, and it's for the kids," Thomas said.

People in Brundidge say they want the tradition to be here for their children.

"My children, they're only 7 and 8, you know, and I just you know, I just want that tradition to stay around here in Brundidge, but for somebody to do this is just completely unacceptable," said Dustin Maines, who has lived in Brundidge since he was a child.

But Thomas says if the vandals try again, "we're watching. Let's just say they may find themselves on film, you never know."

If you have any information on the vandalisms, you can call Brundidge Police at (334) 735-3333.

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