Vandals damage Kiwanis Club building

  • Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:59 a.m.

It wasn’t the first time vandals damaged the former Kiwanis Club building, but this most recent incident that caused more than $75,000 in damages is certainly the most destructive, club officials say. Rowan County Sheriff’s investigators are looking into who ransacked the building at 2135 Bringle Ferry Road sometime between April 2 and April 15. Vandals broke light fixtures, shattered windows, kicked in doors, discharged fire extinguishers in the building and broke all the hammers on a piano. Vandals even got onto the roof and broke a hole through it. Other than damaging much of the buildings’ contents, it appears nothing was taken.

Kiwanis Club President Tom Schneider said it is a “lack of respect for other people’s things.” He said the building was last used about two years ago when the Kiwanis Club held a Halloween haunted trail there. The building is for sale and the club had considered it a loss because of age and the building’s disrepair. In the most recent past, vandals ripped shingles off the roof and busted windows.

The building has been vacant for about six years, Schneider said.

Rick Eldridge, member of the Kiwanis Club board of directors, said the building is not accessible to vehicle traffic, only foot traffic. He believes whoever broke into the building walked onto the property. Eldridge is also on the committee that would decide what happens to the building. He said an American Veterans (AMVETS) group has expressed interest in the building and the Club will decide on the offer later this month.

“Unfortunately we’ve had vandalism to occur because nobody is really using the property,” Eldridge said.

The nine-acre site has been known as Camp Kiwanis. There is a main lodge building with a kitchen and bathroom facilities, a picnic shelter, an amphitheater, a lake, open fields and wooded areas.

The Kiwanis Club of Salisbury was organized by a group of citizens in November of 1920 with 65 charter members.

The Salisbury Kiwanis Club is involved with numerous projects and activities throughout the year including sponsoring scholarships and supporting local nonprofits and organizations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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