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Vandals Strike Mountain Grove “Welcome To Bath County” Stone Marker

Mountain Grove, Va – As you enter Bath County on major roadways, you’re greeted by Welcome to Bath County stone markers. The welcome marker on Route 39 West near the West Virginia line has been adopted by the Mountain Grove United Methodist Womens Group. The group has planted flowers and decorated around the marker. On Wednesday October 13, Pansy Gibson discovered that some mums planted there had been stolen.

Gibson says they planted a wide variety of flowers to beautify the area around the marker. She says the Mums they planted held up best during the hot, dry summer, and those were the flowers the vandals targeted. The group started work on their project at the welcome marker last fall.

Seven volunteers have worked on it throughout the past year. Gibson says the mums were stolen sometime on Tuesday October 12th or Wednesday the 13th.

“And I beg them, if they’ve taken those flowers, they need to reach down in their pocketbook” says Gibson. “It they don’t give it back to us, they need to pay it forward to some other organization, make that deed right.”

And this is not the first act of vandalism at the welcome marker near Mountain Grove. On Memorial Day weekend vandals stole flags there and in the process destroyed flowers. The Bath County Sheriff’s Office has been notified about this vandalism .

Story By

Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather as the host of Noon Hour magazine Monday through Friday and also on Wednesday nights from 10 p.m. until midnight as she and Chuck co-host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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