Tuesday, August 16, 2011 , Updated 7:40 a.m., August 19, 2011
Thieves steal Police recover Forney’s Justin Bieber street sign
Justin Bieber Way will exist for only a day, however. (Unless 11-year-old Caroline Gonzales mounts a coup.)
Eleven-year-old Forney resident Caroline Gonzales is about to carry our her most important agenda as mayor-for-a-day: She'll be renaming Main Street "Justin Bieber Way."
Young Ms. Gonzales, who has served two years on the student council of her elementary school, earned the right to act as mayor of the "antique capital of Texas" (a suburb with a population of about 15,000, located just east of Dallas on I-20) by submitting the winning essay in a contest organized by the town.
So, Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., City of Forney work crews will position a truck under the Main Street sign nearest City Hall and replace it with the "Justin Bieber Way" placard (which looks very official, as you can see).
No word on what else might be on Mayor Caroline's mayoral to-do list; city crews are no doubt crossing their fingers that the water tower isn't somehow involved.
UPDATE: Caroline Gonzales' parents, Tony and Gayla, have now set up a Facebook page designed to bring Justin Bieber to Forney so he can meet his biggest fan.
Plus, the sign is still up; word is they're starting to like it at city hall ...
UPDATE x2: Well, it happened. Overnight, say Forney officials, the Justin Bieber Way street sign was stolen by person or persons unknown. (So far.)
Says Mayor Darren Rozell: "It may be someone's idea of a joke, but we're not going to leave this little girl's summer on a sour note. A Dallas sign company is donating another sign. They're going to be working on it this morning and we should have the sign back up again sometime this afternoon."
Tragedy averted, thanks to Dallas Lite & Barricade sign company.
UPDATE x3: Forney police must have put their crack investigators on the case, because only 24 hours after it disappeared, the missing Bieber Way sign has been recovered.
Forney Mayor Darren Rozell confirmed that local teens "horsing around" were the culprits; the unnamed miscreants were hanging from the sign when it broke off. Startled and perhaps confused at this turn of events, they panicked and ran away — with the sign still firmly grasped in one of their prehensile appendages.
By Thursday afternoon, the replacement sign had already been installed, and now a local security firm has emplaced a 24-hour surveillance camera, so future such shenanigans can be documented for more rapid deployment of recovery efforts. For the time being, the sign will stay up (awaiting a hoped-for Bieber visitation). It's unclear at this time whether charges will be filed against the sign-swiping hoodlums.