Thursday, February 2, 2012
By SUE WATSON
Residents in the Gordon Lakes Subdivision off Matthews Corner Road have decided to take action about vandalism and other activities in their communities.
With the help and guidance of their supervisor George Zinn III, the residents organized a road cleanup day January 20. And they are saying no, to crime.
The residents of Rebecca Drive, David Cove, Ted Cove and Marshall Cove gathered for a morning of cleanup and talked about how they drew strength from two women who were brave enough to go before the board of supervisors asking for help.
That visit resulted in a community meeting where the residents learned of a Neighborhood Watch program already started by residents of Moore Plantation. They decided it was worth a try, and since have met twice in area churches to meet their neighbors.
The neighbors say they have had their mailboxes shot up or knocked in, outdoor lights shot out, and road signs taken down numerous times.
One resident on David Cove said his mailbox was destroyed three times. He was at work when vandals ran over his mail box.
“The last time, the guy who ran over my mailbox was driving a stolen car,” the resident said.
He has put in an around-the-clock surveillance system which stores data off site. He has noticed things, he said.
Pat Nichols of Ted Cove said she has lost two mail boxes. Someone in the neighborhood had opened all her Christmas cards looking for money, she said.
The neighborhood is learning to not put check payments in their rural mail box, but to take bills directly to the post office. But it is a long way to the post office from Matthews Corner.
Linda Clark said bullying, speeding, and vandalism of signs and mail boxes have been a problem on her road.
She thanked Sgt. James Wright with the sheriff’s department for referring the neighborhood to Moore Plantation for help with setting up a watch program when the subdivision experienced lots of break-ins and stealing.
In the Matthews Corner neighborhoods there have also been thefts of four-wheelers, lawn mowers and items stored out of doors or in barns. People have also been stealing scrap metal off properties in the area.
Zinn brought out several neighborhood watch signs to be posted. He said he commends the community for taking action.
“We sort of want the rest of the county to catch this disease,” said Katherine Gray, one of the original two who went to supervisors for help.
The clean-up crew consisted of 11 neighbors, two four-wheelers, two dogs and a pickup loaded with junk taken from the roads.
To ask for help with vandalism and other crimes and to set up a Neighborhood Watch, contact the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at 662-252-1311. For city residents contact the local police department.
Any concerns relative to vandalism of signs, mail boxes and theft or break-ins may be directed to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors. The board meets the first, second, and third Mondays each month at 9 a.m. in the boardroom on the east side of the square in Holly Springs. The boardroom is between the tax collector’s Office and the courtroom on the east side of square.
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