Teams sought for sculpture contest

Keep the Midlands Beautiful is seeking teams of young adults from Lexington and Richland counties for a phone book sculpture contest March 6 at the Harbison Sam's Club parking lot.

The grand prize is $250 for the sponsoring organization of the winning team. A $100 first runner-up prize also will be awarded.

Teams of three to seven members must be sponsored by a school, faith-based organization or civic group, and must collect and bring all telephone books needed for their sculpture.

Teams must submit an entry form by March 2 along with signed waivers for all participants.

To download forms, see www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org

- Dawn Hinshaw

Teens charged with defacing sculpture

GREENVILLE - Two teens have been charged in the defacing and beheading of a new sculpture in downtown Greenville, police said.

The sculpture, on Main Street, had been marked with anarchy symbols, an officer wrote in an incident report. Someone apparently tried to pry loose the head of the boy in the middle section, leaving it held in place by only a rod, the officer wrote.

Charges came a day after police released stills from surveillance video showing a Jeep and two people by the sculpture, "The Path of Becoming."

The names of those charged with malicious damage to property, both 16-year-old males, weren't released because they are juveniles, Sgt. Jason Rampey said.

The sculpture is being repaired, and the head has been taken away for safekeeping in the meantime, Rampey said.

- The Greenville News