Holiday Celebrations lead to vandalism at Stonewall County Airport

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Stonewall County Judge Ronnie Moorhead told commissioners Monday that based on evidence left at the county airport, he believes after shooting off fireworks in the parking lot, perpetrators came through the gate and destroyed a number of airstrip lamps, scattering broken glass across the runway.

With spring months bringing higher amounts of rainfall than seen in years, between water-damaged roads and rapidly growing vegetation requiring almost continuous mowing, county vehicles have taken a toll. As some repairs have been costly, commissioners approved applying herbicide to the high growth at the county’s airport.

Moorhead told the court that he recently went out to check the results from the spraying, and while he thinks they should probably cut the vegetation away from the runway and taxiways, as some weeds have grown up high enough to brush aircraft wings. However, Moorhead said his immediate concern was the damage he discovered at the facility.

He said many runway and approach lights were broken. Additionally, several of the glass-bubble light covers were taken into the middle of the runway and destroyed. The glass coverings left thick, jagged pieces of glass near where the typical airplane touchdown points would be.

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