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Resident finds Obama signs burnt

Keldy  Ortiz

By Keldy Ortiz
Nov. 2, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.
Updated Nov. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.

Victoria resident June Berry posted her burned Obama campaign signs with another message to whoever set them on fire.

A resident in the North Quail Creek area discovered her President Barack Obama signs burned Thursday morning.

Instead of throwing them away, June Berry, 70, posted them in front of her house with a message.

It read: "You can burn my signs but you can't stop my vote. No trespassing."

Berry drove to pick up her grandson from the Quail Creek Volunteer Fire Department, which was converted into a haunted house on Halloween. Berry explained the signs were still in front of her house when she left Wednesday night.

"I noticed when I pulled in the driveway, they were gone," said Berry. "I was pissed off, to be honest."

The signs had been taken from her yard.

While upset about what happened, Berry said it didn't faze her.

Thursday morning when Berry took her grandson to a school bus stop on Mallard Road and Whitewing Drive, she saw her two Obama signs had reappeared - burned.

It was the first time it happened to Berry. She previously had displayed Obama signs during the 2008 presidential election.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office has not had any reported incidents of vandalized political signs in more than a year.

Across the street, neighbor Raymond Keyser, 58, didn't hear about what happened until his wife told him.

"There have never been any problems out here," Keyser said. "It's just aggravating. Someone was probably being prejudiced."

Berry, who had her Obama signs out for weeks, said she has voted since the incident. While not sure whether the signs were burned by kids, she never thought it would have happened.

"If it was a child, I would not mind because they don't know better," Berry said. "If it was an adult, shame on them. It's disrespectful."

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