About 4 a.m., Aug. 11, residents of Sycamore Creek Circle, in the Mammoth Spring area, heard shots being fired.
After daylight, they discovered a Fulton County road grader had been sprayed with bullets.
"This is just meanness," said Judge Willett as he surveyed the damage. "I don't understand why something like this happens. It is a big cost to the county."
The grader's front window bears five bullet holes. A lower front window was shot out completely as were the two glass side doors and back window.
According to Judge Willett, another grader was shot up in the same area less than a year ago. The shooter or shooters were never identified.
"This time, we are going to offer a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest," said Willett.
He wants to send a message that such vandalism will not be tolerated.
"It will cost over $3,000 to repair all the damage and the cost will be more if any of the electronics on the grader were damaged," said Willett.
While repair parts are ordered and repairs are made, the grader will sit, out of service, for at least a week delaying planned road maintenance.
Two graders assigned to the Mammoth Spring area have been parking on Sycamore Creek Circle for years at the end of the work day. There have never been vandalism problems until recent months.
"The other grader was back at the shop for a repair," said Willett. "Otherwise, it would have been at the same location as the other and probably would have been damaged, too."
A $2,500 reward would come from the county road fund and must be approved by the Quorum Court.
Judge Willett is confident the court will agree with him a reward is justified.
He believes a reward will get people talking and lead to tips that will result in the arrest of those responsible for the expensive vandalism.
The Fulton County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the department at 895-2601.