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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.

and are running against each other for the Post 1 seat on the .

Over the weekend, Canton-Sixes Patch received a tip that Marlow's neighbor woke up to find rolls of toilet paper and  campaign signs in the front yard of his BridgeMill home, not the Marlow signs that were once there.

Reader , an image she said she received from Marlow.

In an email Monday, Marlow told Canton-Sixes Patch that her neighbor didn't "want to become part of the story," but was "." 

Tonight, another neighbor said Marlow's characterization of the homeowner's reaction to the  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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Chambers, a  English teacher, supports Cromer in the race for Post 1 and in the contest for Cherokee County BOE Chair.

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."

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Norman June 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Is this really an article? Maybe it should be under the "gossip" section? She said this, she said that, it was argued online, then offline...oh the drama!
R.L. Federalist June 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
It's a CYA measure...and a well-advised one. The initial accusations were potentially libelous and Patch could have been held legally responsible for Ms. Price's ramblings. It's one of the downsides to having a public forum where anyone can express their opinions (or grudges) with little-to-no editorial approval.
Kara Martin June 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I am sorry R.L. Federalist that you are not nearly as offended by the publics acts of steeling, vandalism, trespassing and blatant disregard for peoples property as you are about candidates having different views and voicing them. As far as the candidates aside from nasty comments about each other none of them seem to be breaking the law in this election. unlike many of the people who are voting in this election. Not being offended by that behavior gives those conducting it no reason to stop. Really?
R.L. Federalist June 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Really, Kara Martin...and I'll tell you why: I have pretty much no faith in the masses. I fully expect the majority to act like idiots. That makes it REALLY convenient when they DO act like idiots because I can say to myself, "Hmmm...big shocker". That doesn't mean I don't like people, I just don't take most of them seriously enough to be "offended" by their actions. But let's take a look at our slate of candidates: Obviously, we've got the subject of this article, Ms. Marlow, who had an opportunity to show a little integrity and set the record straight but she played the victim card...and then got caught in a blatant lie. We have candidates (two that I know of off the top of my head) that preach fiscal responsibility and, with their past actions, have proven they can't handle their OWN finances. I don't know about your personal or professional life but I, for one, have never been bailed out of a multi-million dollar loan, I've never been the CFO of a bank that failed and I've never had a tax lien. The only shred of integrity that I've seen amongst the candidates lately came from Roger Garrison. He got caught for something really stupid that happened 30 years ago and actually took responsibility for being an idiot. And, lest you think I'm a supporter of his, I'm not. I originally planned to hold my nose, close my eyes and play "Pin The Tail On The Donkey" when I got to my vote for Sheriff. I could cite more examples but, frankly, I'm depressed.
R.L. Federalist June 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM
I said all that to say this: The people least deserving of power are the ones who pursue it the hardest. I'm not offended by people reverting to their base instincts. I'm offended by the fact that there is not ONE SINGLE CANDIDATE and any local, state or federal election that I can vote for. I'm stuck voting for the lesser of the evils in every single race. THAT'S offensive...

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