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Racist Graffiti Mars Chillicothe Park

Racial slurs spayed painted on a wall of a Chillicothe park will likely have to be removed by sandblasting. That's the word from the city's parks and recreation director.

Racial epithets, a depiction of a lynching and the words "whites only" appear on the outside walls of a restroom in Chillicothe's Strawser Park. The graffiti has been there for at least two weeks as city officials decide how best to remove it. Mayor Joe Sulzer says the city submitted the vandalism case to its insurance company but is unable to pay the $1000 deductible.

Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Primer says her employees need a sandblaster to remove the offensive material.

"This is probably a two or three day process that we're going to have to pull employees off of other things in order to clean this up," Primer says.

Primer says she thinks local young people are responsible for the graffiti.