In early March 2003, the
Sandlick/Mayes Cemetery was vandalized and part of a new fence that was installed was torn down. The first reports suggested that
the vandalism was caused by a person or persons, it is now believed that
it was cattle grazing nearby that may have caused the damage to the
fencing and the cemetery.
While it is some relief to know that the damage most likely wasn't
caused by people, the threat of vandalism and grave desecration is still
a real issue that must be dealt with. It is everyone's responsibility to
impress upon the legislative and legal systems to push for tougher laws
and punishment for those who are found responsible of committing such
The fencing at the Sandlick/Mayes Cemetery was repaired recently, only
to find it completely torn down once again, which led to the conclusion
that the damage was indeed by cattle grazing nearby. A work crew has now
erected a 6-strand barbed wire fence with well braced wooden corner
posts and steel post in between with a steel gate. Also a new sign
bearing the cemetery's name was also erected.