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emaih gazette@ntws.net i i. , 103 - All rights reserved THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2003 Vandals Hit Alvord Cemetery ByWayne Dennis We received word this week that vandals had a busy evening/ night Wednesday. Someone or ones visited the Alvord Cem.- etery with not gcx)d 'intentions. In fact their intent was vicious and malicious. Not only did they desecrate the final resting places of numer- ous Alvord natives they also caused many'current Alvord resi- dents to won'der just what kind of monsters would do such hei- nous acts. To some the language may seem overly dramatic and strong since no one was physically harmed by the foolish pranks. That may be so, but on the other hand mental anguish can cause physi- cal pain and suffering, also. For those who are caring and feel- ing humans the act of desecration of a grave is very serious, it shows alack of feeling and care fi)r the living, also, because the ::raves mark the final resting place for the loved ones of living ; .a'amily members. . We don't know if there is any correlation involved, but all of : .the damaged headstones we observed, and were able to read, iidated from the 1800's. Was there some significance to this? :::: Some of the headstones were older, but some were of fairly :::recent vintage, indicating caring family members had them con- :.:structed in not so distant past. Those families must feel anger and disgust for the vandalism to their loved ones graves. They may also feel pity for the one or ones who did such adeed. Other qld previously repaired markers indicate this is not the first time mindless individu',ds have desecrated the graves in Alvord Cem- etery. Was it the work of mischiewms kids, knowing it was wrong but unable to comprehend the gravity of the act. Was it maybe older teens, rebelling against society and the principles they are expected to keep? Regarding the possibility of younger kids. it is doubtful. "Ilae strength required to tear !nose a heavy, piece of marble probably limits the act to older, stronger and more physically developed indi- viduals. The Alw)rd Cemetery Asstx:ia- tion issued a statement indicating maybe fifty or more stones were damaged. Some broken, others dis- lodged from their bases. Board members indicate repair work will begin as soon as tx)ssible and re- quest anyone with infirmation con- ceming the destrueti(-n or those re- . ,,qxmhlelo come Ibrw:ird iirid e0ti. tact the Wise County Shgriff's De- partment. The same evening a car belong- ing to a person or persons from South Wise County had trouble close by the old Alvord Commu- nity Church on Franklin Street. While they went with a local man tt) get a jack to lift the car vandals Sl)tted the chance to destroy )me- one else's property. The reIx)rt re- ceived at the G:tzette indicated per- son or persons unknown broke the windshield, two side glasses and slashed three tires on the vehicle. We will have more infi)rmation on this next week. Meanwhile, anyone having information con.arning this violence is encouraged to contact the Wise County Sheriff's office. As All'mrd resl'ents go to sleep tonight they may/think back on this senseless atrgcity and ask them- selves what.has happened to their n!ce quiet neighb)rhtmd. Who did it t Will-they be caught and pun- ished'![ Ofi'iy with the vigilance of the entire community can future in- ' stances of vandalism be averted. i Last month it was beer bottles % broken on downtown sidewalks 'and a streetlight broken out. What next? Right: Broken marker, victim of recent vandal- ism. Below right: Heavy newer marker broken loose from base and pushed over. Below: Old headstone bears mute testimony to earlier vandalism. L ALVORD FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL FUNDRAISER OCTOBER 18 th CattishDinner Begins at 5pm Ends at 9pm PLEASE COME SUPPORT US SO WE CAN SERVE YOU BETTER DSA Alvord-Sunt Gazette View Wayne DennLs "From tk Last week I wrote a little about my memories of Oklahoma City. We were there a couple of years after closing down the Air Force Station at Cut Bank, Montana. There were some good times hum- ing, flying and seeing Glacier Na- tional Park and a lot of the state, but I was never fi)nd of the cold weather up there. Oklahoma City offered a dif- ferent climate, both weather-wise and military wise. We were on an Air Force Station a half mile from Tinker Air Force Base. Much bet- ter than being stationed on Tinker. We could go to the Base Ex- change, commissary theater, hos- pital, etc. without being saddled with the problems that come with a large base. We used base supply centers fi)r our official needs, and kept our aircraft there as tenants. Of course it offered a nice flying clu b, with good aircraft, also. We had mostly Beechcraft planes in the club, including sev- eral T-34's, which I always en- joyed flying. I even Served as as- sistant crew chief on one of them. Of course that meant we had to take them out fi) check flights fi)l- h)wing maintenance at times. I also managed to gather quite a few hours in the old Ltx:kheed T-33's there, a!so. Then I had my own little Cessna 120 at a little airport, Expressway Junction, on the north side of town, ttx). A great time, overall. A h)t of fun flying. I missed the opportunity to go out in a Ford Tri-motor at an air show in Fairview, Oklahoma and have regretted that ever since. At the same show I had a plane load of passengers and had to pass up an offer to fly an old Waco hi-plane hack to OKC fi)r a man who also i: bsed zt Expressway Junction. Two regrets on the same day, no .jess. Oh, well, such is life. A night checkout in the T-34 at a small airfield South of Norman that had a runway st) sort we were fi)rbidden to use it, even in the day- time, provided another memorable experience. Leaving there we went to the inaugural night fi)r Will Rogers Airport. Whe we got to there the instructor pulled the cir- cuit breakers fi)r all inside lights. We had Navigation lights and bea- con showing, but the inside of the aiqflane was dark, at least in the front seat. I don't know if the in- structor had instrument lights or not. With no lights in the ctx:kpit it was another memorable experi- ence that night. I was expected to land the plane basically by wind noise and control feel. Of course to a young, self-sure pilot it was fun, It was while flying out of a school on Wiley Post Airport in Bethany (Northwest side of OKC, that I met actor Dale Rohertson, His brother was chief pih)t fi)r the flight school. Dale is also a pilot and flew himself into Wiley Post Airlx)rt that day. l1 III I I | I n Ill III ill n m Illl l |lll Illll II Illl U | Illl | N 1 I I n Ill Ill Illll U I I Illl ,' ALV()IRD FAI3 FEST ,' ,' Saturday October 25, 2003 I I I ehedule of events:  I I | 7 -10am - All U Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at * Smash and Bash old car I RicardCs(Specialpricejust$3.50fi)rFallFest) * FacePainting ! | 7:30am - Begin sign-up for Poker Run. | | 9:00am - Horseshoe Tournament- * Dunking Booth | Cason Rangle officiating * Craft and Vendor Booths | ll:00am - Domino Tournament in the Civic * Petting Zoo | Center. David and Linda Goodwin officiating. * Silent Auction | 2 - 4pm .- Small Pet Clinic with Dr. Gardner I 2:00pro ' Square dancing demonstration with * Costume Contest and Parade | Decatur Eighters Square Dance Club (Christine Clower - Judge) I I |, 3:00pm - Karate Demonstration * Largest Pumpkin I I 4 - 7pro - Gospel Music courtesy of Sunset As ! semb'ly Of God Church and Brother Ernie * Most Unusual Gourd | | Patterson on City Hall parking lot. | I 7-11pm - Street Dance with Wassie Reynolds - COME EARLY - I | and Don Wade with their Classic Country | | Band on City Hall parking lot. - ENJOY ACTIVITIES ALL DAY - I | 8:00pm - Drawings for four (4) 30 minute I | airplane rides and beautiful Holiday Wreath " SUPPORT THE ALVORDI | from country Elegance (can be seen at the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - ! II Alvord Legend Bank). PSA AIv,,rd-Su.st GazeneJ