Pickaway News Journal

Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Sign Campaign Leaves Sheriff, Lawyers, Unphased.

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STAFF WRITER

PICKAWAY COUNTY - When Circleville and the County woke up on Saturday, July 15th, many in the community saw a plethora of signs distributed on utility poles and other areas for a hashtag campaign called "#OurCircleville" and "#OurPickaway". Many flocked to online forums and Facebook to determine what was happening.

One Facebook page for Our Circleville asked "Have you seen #OurCircleville signs?" which then pointed to a website of the same name, involving a countdown timer for late Thursday night or early Friday of July 21st - a common tactic among websavy entities. The campaign generated sizable discussion, with hundreds of people asking what it was about.

The campaign was, and is, somewhat shrouded in mystery, which has generated responses ranging from elation that people in the community were starting a positive campaign for the area, to negative, stating that the campaign was poorly thought out, and questioned the use of signage on utility poles. In either direction, the response has been massive, given the notoriety.

County law enforcement remains unphased by the hashtag campaign, as Sheriff Radcliff was quoted as saying his agency was "Never alarmed by the signs".

We also contacted South Central Power, the county-wide utility provider which stated to us, as per Lisa Hooker, that "We have concerns about potential issues they cause; However, we don't know if they have caused any actual issues."

Regardless of controversy, many in the county have a pining interest to see what the entire campaign generates on the 21st, as well as what happens afterwards.

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