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Vandals hit Griffith statue in Mount Airy

Posted February 23, 2010

— A statue of Andy Griffith was vandalized over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.

The statue outside the Surry Arts Council building depicts the characters of Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son, Opie, from "The Andy Griffith Show," which ran on CBS in the 1960s.

Vandals painted the hair on Griffith's figure green and splashed red paint around his mouth and badge. Town officials didn't have an estimate of the damage but predicted cleaning the statue would be expensive.

The TV Land cable network donated the "Goin' Fishin'" statue to Mount Airy in 2004. Griffith is a Mount Airy native, and the fictional town of Mayberry in "The Andy Griffith Show" was loosely based on it.

TV Land placed a similar statue in Raleigh's Pullen Park in 2003. That statue has been vandalized several times.


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  • enigma1469 Feb 24, 2010

    Andy represents morals that these people must not have.

  • Adelinthe Feb 24, 2010

    Ya put an art piece somewhere where anyone can get it, this'll happen.

    So they left it unsheltered and unguarded, and now they're gona have to spend thousands to tens of thousands to get it repaired - while people are living in the streets and going hungry.

    Wouldn't it have been cheaper to build a little shelter for it that could be locked when not being supervised?

    Or better yet - not have it at all. It's not like he won a place of valor by winning a war battle or anything.

    God bless.


  • LambeauSouth Feb 24, 2010

    citizens arrest!, citizens arrest!

  • carolinarox Feb 24, 2010

    Ken Berry is a suspect

    Too funny! As was "nip it, nip it in the bud".

  • corey3rd Feb 24, 2010

    Ken Berry is a suspect

  • HologramEclipse Feb 24, 2010

    so it's suddenly ok to vandalize a statue because the old dude doesn't have the same political views as your own??

    and the statue is not about him, grumpy or not, it's about the show, and the small town values it represented.

    have we really come to this?
    i am so sick of the political climate, i could just puke.

  • wildcat Feb 24, 2010

    This is a great shame to any community and the towns should not allowed this. May they find the perpetrators very soon. Meanwhile put hidden cameras around and surely the suspect will be found out.

  • Corporal Snark Feb 24, 2010


    Someone needs to do a "CITIZEN'S ARREST!" on whoever defiled this monument to Mayberry.

  • holmesap Feb 24, 2010

    It is a shame that someone has nothing better to do than destroy property that belongs to someone else. If someone destroyed your property you would be ready to get back at someone. The statue represents the show and the idea of a small friendly town with people who care. It does'nt represent Andy or Ron. If and when these subjects are caught they should pay for the damages and clean up.

  • dragonspider Feb 24, 2010

    the joke is on us after he told us to vote for BEV...