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Airport vandalism could bring hefty penalties

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New lights have been installed to replaced the damaged ones at the Pickens County Airport. Clear four-wheeler tracks were found on the property leading to the damaged lights.  

       Vandals left plenty of tracks at the Pickens County Airport, where $1,000 in damage was done to a string of runway lights - but the perpetrators have yet to be found. 

“This was willful vandalism,” said Pickens County Airport Manager Randy Thomason. “They rode in on what looks like a 4-wheeler and destroyed or stole 14 of our bases, bulbs and globes. There was glass all over the runway. It looks like they maybe kicked them over or hit them with something like a bat.”   

The event occurred on January 9th sometime before 7:15 p.m. when Thomason was initially notified. 

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