City cleaning up vandalism

January 18, 2016

It’s taking some time, but the scars vandals left from the holiday snowman hunt are finally beginning to heal.


Gary Payne, Fred Smith and Brian Payne, of Payne Masonry in Barbourville spent Thursday replacing dozens of rocks on the rear wall of the Barbourville Public Library. The tiles had been systematically dug and pulled out from the wall by overzealous hunters during the annual snowman hunt.DSC_0022 web

“Payne gave us a really good deal on the masonry repair,” said Library Director Lana Messer Hale. “For what they charged us, I believe it was simply goodwill on their part. We also had to repair a downspout ripped off the building, and we still have a good-sized list of other smaller repairs we’ll get to as we can.

DSC_0023 webThe big costs will be in repairing the book return and fixing damage to a door on one of our bookmobiles.”

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