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December 18, 2012

Hatchett Cemetery repairs nearing completion

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ATHENS —

“As of now, most of the tombstones have been replaced,” said James Lucas, a deacon at Little Ezekiel. “Some still have scratches, and we’ll have to make a decision about what to do with those. We replaced eight of them, and Ardmore Monument had to re-make these because they were completely destroyed.”

The church has held four community workdays for cemetery repairs. After two of the workdays, the cemetery was again vandalized.

Churches and residents in Limestone County and beyond have responded with financial contributions to Little Ezekiel, which has pledged to fully restore the cemetery.

“We have received donations, mostly between $100 and $200, from churches and individuals, and we’re very thankful and appreciative,” Lucas said. “We just hope nothing else happens.”

Townsend said the church might receive restitution for the damages, but in the meantime the church has taken on the cost of repairs through church funds and donations.

“It was never questioned what we were going to do by the church leadership or the congregation,” Townsend said.

To report additional information about the vandalism case, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 256-232-0111.

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