A Toilet-Papered House and Missing Campaign Signs
School board candidate Kelly Marlow said her neighbor was "disturbed" by an act of election season vandalism. Turns out, the neighbor told Marlow something different.
Over the weekend, Canton-Sixes Patch received a tip that Marlow's neighbor woke up to find rolls of toilet paper and Cromer campaign signs in the front yard of his BridgeMill home, not the Marlow signs that were once there.
Reader Addie Price included a picture of the damage in a blog post she submitted to Patch, an image she said she received from Marlow.
Tonight, another neighbor said Marlow's characterization of the homeowner's reaction to the alleged act of election season vandalism was "a total lie.
"The homeowner did not say those things," Angela Chambers told Canton-Sixes Patch.
He didn't say those things to Marlow, Chambers said, because his home was never vandalized.
"Kelly knew the whole story," she said. "I don't understand. Back up. I do understand. It's politics, and it's ugly."
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Last weekend, her Cromer and Read yard signs disappeared from her Chestnut Walk home. Her neighbor's Cromer and Read signs also went missing.
This morning, she read about the "vandalized" home on Patch. She began to write about the missing yard signs in the comment box at the bottom of the article.
The wife of the homeowner of the "vandalized" home, who only identified herself as Rebekah, replied. She repeated a story that she told a Canton-Sixes Patch reporter in an earlier phone conversation after the original article appeared on the site.
"I am the homeowner and would really love to move on from all of this nonsense," Rebekah wrote. "It wasn't politically motivated at all. Just some friends having a little late night fun at our expense. When cleaning up, we saved the signs and gave them back to Kelly to return to their rightful owners. It (sic) hate it that this has gotten so blown out of proportion."
Chambers told Rebekah that she and her neighbor never got their signs back.
"I'm sorry you didn't get your signs back," Rebekah wrote in another post. "I gave them to Kelly yesterday to return. I'm happy to talk more with you about this, but would rather not do it through the comments section of this article."
Chambers and Rebekah took their conversation offline. Over the phone, Rebekah told Chambers that she woke up Saturday, took a picture of the toilet-papered home and posted it on Facebook.
Marlow saw the Facebook post and messaged Rebekah. She asked her if it was a joke or something more. Rebekah told Marlow that it was just a prank.
"Kelly knew this," Chambers said. "That's what's so disturbing ... to me."
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Monday night, Marlow and Cromer took questions from media representatives, the public and each other during a debate at the Cherokee County Republican Party headquarters in Towne Lake.
After the debate ended, a Canton-Sixes Patch reporter asked Marlow about the discrepancy between her story and Rebekah's version of events.
"No comment," she said.
This evening, Chambers said she and her neighbor still hadn't gotten their yard signs back.
"I'd love to know," she said, "what she did with her opponents' signs."