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Morgan County Jail administrators clean up and repair damage to vandalized Somerville Church

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Things are changing for St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Somerville. Repairs are being done by the Morgan County Jail administrators, and they’re on track for people to love there this week.

The damage may have been mind-blowing, but the changes seen in less than a week are just as much, if not more. Administrators have spent the last two days cleaning up after the interior of the church was vandalized. Four minors were charged in the incident, which included vulgar words painted on the walls, broken glass and excrement smeared on benches and doorknobs.

Morgan County Jail administrators repair damage to vandalized church

“We walked in and we had 11 men who were speechless,” said an administrator. The Baptist missionary church is being restored, and it looks like a repair job is underway. “

Morale was very low on Sunday when WAAY 31 spoke with Curtis Burton Sr., the deacon who found the church in ruins. Almost a week later, morale was high.

“It’s uplifting, you know,” Curtis said. “I never thought we would be here so soon. The sheriff and everyone were here yesterday, and they just worked together and let us go.”

“I’m so excited about this, I don’t know what to do,” said Amos Burton, also a deacon at the church. “Like my brother said, we didn’t expect to be here so soon under any conditions after what we had seen and the damage that had been done. We didn’t think we would stand a chance.

There is still work to be done, but church members are grateful to hopefully have Sunday School this week. The sheriff’s office plans to host a community clean-up day on October 30.