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$20K in damages reported after Orange churches vandalized

Posted October 7

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— Officials were searching Friday for suspects who vandalized two churches in the Caldwell community, causing more than $20,000 in damages.

According to officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Little River Presbyterian Church, located in Hurdle Mills, and New Bethel United Methodist Church, located in Rougemont, were broken into and vandalized late Wednesday. Authorities believe the suspects vandalized the churches between 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday and into the early hours of Thursday.

Officials are asking the public to help locate the suspects, who broke numerous panes of glass and damaged church doors. Nothing appears to have been stolen.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 919-245-2900.

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  • Aiden Audric Oct 7, 11:33 a.m.
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    When growing up, our Church's doors were always unlocked. It was a place for anyone to come at any time for any need - even if to find shelter and sleep.

    Our priest was older and had been running the Church for about 25 years. He was sent to build it, as well as a school. Instead of going big and elaborate, he kept it simple - including the school - he converted a dead factory into a humble school. The rest of the money was set aside to help the needy.

    He was known as a man of great discipline (the kids were scared of his strictness) and a man of great kindness (he always warmly hugged the kids).

    Well, one night someone went in to the Church and stole his gold Chalice. The one his parents gave him when he became a Priest. His only "possession". The community rallied together to replace it, and the Church doors were locked.

    But I clearly remember that as the time when I lost faith that all people were fundamentally good.

    We are flawed, and the vandals here are broken people.