April 17, 2014

‘Hack’ strikes again

Rachel Brown
rachelbrown@daltoncitizen.com

— More graffiti is showing up in northern Whitfield County.

After the word “hack” was plastered on a bridge on Ga. Highway 2 and a building at Prater’s Mill recently, someone wrote the word on the Mapco convenience store just off of Interstate 75 in Tunnel Hill, likely sometime Tuesday night, officials said.

Lt. Scott Reneau of the Tunnel Hill Police Department said investigators believe the culprit is likely a local teen and the graffiti wasn’t done as part of a gang act. The word “hack” is often used as a criticism and could be the vandal’s nickname, Reneau said.

About two weeks ago, volunteers at Prater’s Mill on Ga. Highway 2 reported someone had painted the word “hack,” what appears to be a name, the phrase “paint the world,” the word “haze” and other markings on a well house, parts of a wooden handrail and a state-owned bridge on Ga. Highway 2.

Prater’s Mill is a 19th century water-powered grist mill that still operates periodically. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. A crafts, music and food fair is held there every year in October.

About a month before the Prater’s Mill incident, “Hack” hit a couple of other businesses in Tunnel Hill, but the owners didn’t want to file reports, Reneau said.

Reneau and officials with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office have said they’ve been doing extra patrols in the areas.

Those with information on the graffiti can call the sheriff’s office at (706) 278-1233 or Tunnel Hill police at (706) 673-5535.