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Vulgarities short-lived in Carson’s hometown

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Don't mess with Johnny Carson in his hometown.

Someone used fluorescent pink spray paint last month to scrawl vulgar words on one of three billboards featuring Carson that greet visitors as they enter Norfolk, Neb.

"We received several calls right away and dispatched a crew to remove it entirely," Chamber of Commerce President Dan Mauk said Wednesday.

The damage was discovered May 27. There's little chance the culprit will be caught, Mauk said.

People volunteered to help pay for repairs, and one person who wanted to remain anonymous asked simply that the bill be sent to him. Repairing the sign, which took about a week, cost a few hundred dollars, Mauk said.

Carson, the 77-year-old former host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," has been generous to the community, helping building arts and lifelong learning centers and a cancer treatment center. Vandalizing a billboard with his picture is a "slap in the face," Mauk said.