by Emily Waldrep
With all of the history of church signs being vandalized in Tyler County, it's no wonder that the majority of residents suspected that it played a part in the damage of the Beech Creek Church sign on highway 1013 last week, but that isn't the case.
Late last week, two girls who had been riding four wheelers in the area, accidentally backed their ATV into the sign when they were trying to turn around. Both of the girls stayed close to the scene, and took responsibility for the damaged sign. A Tyler County officer responded to the scene, where he wrote the girls a ticket for the damage. The parents of the teens contacted the church and offered to pay for a new sign as well.
Members of the church and community are upset about the sign, but are happy to know that it wasn't purposely damaged, like countless signs in the past have been. As of Monday, April 30, a brand new sign has been purchased and placed at Beech Creek Church on highway 1013.