Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Vandalism at the Waxhaw Women's Club

Some vandals broke a bunch of windows at the Waxhaw Women's Club (ie. Belk building) early Monday morning. Rowdy teens are heavily suspected if you examine the Facebook buzz; I suspect troublemakers of some kind.

WCNC has the story.

My first question based on the beginning of this clip: a "spree" of vandalism? Has there been a lot of window-breaking in Waxhaw recently that I haven't heard about or is WCNC mistaken in using this term?

Anyone with information as to the perpetrators should call Waxhaw police at 704-283-5600 or Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600

On a side note, here's a little discussion of the history of Belk building that may be of interest to some of you. Also, per the town's historic pamphlet:
R.J. Belk Store

Originally called “New York Racket,” the Waxhaw branch of the Belk Store was one of the first two branches to be located outside of Monroe, NC; the other was in Charlotte. Founder William Henry Belk’s cousin, Ralph, operated the Waxhaw branch until the branch closed in 1936. Since that time, the building has served many purposes, most notably Gambles Drug Store. The Belk family donated the building to the Waxhaw Woman’s Club in 1971. The Waxhaw Woman’s
Club has made repairs to the building and uses it for meetings and special events.
Additionally, the apparently defunct (or at least inactive for the last half year) Waxhaw Natives group on Facebook has some interesting discussions and pictures for those of you interested in Waxhaw of yesteryear.

After skimming through it, I am very interested in learning the true story behind the big brown jug, which per Miss June Plyler, is Waxhaw's third best kept secret. And it goes without saying I want to know the first two as well. If anyone's got a contact email for Miss Plyler and you don't think she'd mind getting an email from me, please pass it along to my email address. As for the other best kept secrets in Waxhaw, anyone want to take a stab as to what they are?

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