Maj. Andy Shock of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office is asking for volunteers to join him on Saturday morning in righting what can be righted at the Cypress Valley Cemetery after a pair of teenage vandals set about trying to destroy it on Wednesday morning.
The vandals, one 15 and the other 16, were arrested at the scene of their headstone-smashing spree and jailed on the felony charge of destroying or removing a grave marker. According to reports, they said they were bored and didn’t know what the "big deal" was with what they’d done.
Early estimates on Wednesday put the damage at $50,000, with 66 tombstones overturned or broken. On Thursday, it was reckoned that between $15,000 and $20,000 will fix the headstones that can be fixed — some were reported to have been all-but-pulverized.
Shock said that the Morrilton-based McGee Monument company will be donating supplies to him, eight to 10 inmates and whoever else wants to come help restore dignity to the cemetery and those interred there. A McGee Monument representative experienced in repairing broken or vandalized headstones will also be helping.
The efforts will begin at 9 a.m. The cemetery is located on Stanley Road. To get there, proceed east on Highway 64 through Vilonia. Follow Highway 64 for about a mile past its intersection with Highway 107, then turn right onto Gorman Road and follow it for about a mile before turning left onto Stanley Road. The cemetery is located just over a mile down Stanley Road to the driver’s left.
(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)