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Volunteers erase damage done to Wiggins park by vandals

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Wiggins Mayor Joel Miles said about a month ago someone spray painted graffiti on the skate park, sidewalks and bathroom walls at Reynolds Field. Wiggins Mayor Joel Miles said about a month ago someone spray painted graffiti on the skate park, sidewalks and bathroom walls at Reynolds Field.
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Vandals may have defaced their park, but volunteers said their commitment to their community is unmarred. Wiggins officials said about a month ago someone spray painted graffiti at Reynolds Field. Volunteers from Mississippi Power pitched in to help clean it up. Monday, they scrubbed off and they painted over the vulgarities trying to erase the damage.

Ike Harbuck lives in Wiggins and works for Mississippi Power.

"There's quite a few things that need to be fixed back up," Harbuck said. "Don't take long unfortunately to tear it up, but takes a little while to fix it back up."

Before Mississippi Power stepped in to provide the labor and supplies to do the restoration, Wiggins had spent $1,000 in repairs. The mayor said the company's offer was a big relief big relief.

"Mississippi Power goes above and beyond with their community efforts," said Mayor Joel Miles. "It's wonderful to have friends such as this to do things for the community."

Some of the Mississippi Power employees live in Wiggins area while others drove up from the Coast. All were eager to pitch in.

"You can tell a lot about the character of people by what they're involved in," said Harbuck. "So that tells you not only about their character, but the company that we work for. And they encourage us to be involved and sponsor us being involved in projects like this, so we're just fortunate in that regard."

Some of the volunteers brought their children along who were out of school for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Caylee Lehman said, "When I asked my mom why did they do this, she said 'I don't know'. I thought for a minute and I said, 'I think I should help out.'"

The volunteers have a message for the vandals.

"I would like to say to those people y'all did something very wrong and it's not right to hurt this park and make people clean up your messes just to help this park," said Ashton Duvall. "They are the ones that should be cleaning this up and should be caught for doing all this damage."

Volunteers said vandals may deface their park, but they can't break the community's sprit.

"I thought it was tragic really for anybody to deface the property that we've got here," said Harbuck. "Small things are important to a little town like Wiggins and this is one of the nicer parks that we've got so we want to do our par to spruce it back up and keep it that way."

Wiggins city officials said so far officers haven't made any arrests in connection to the vandalism at Reynolds Field. The investigation is on going.

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