The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

September 28, 2012

Dems sue fair, 2 directors

Action stems from billboard removal

STONEBORO — Northeast Democrats of Mercer County on Wednesday sued the Great Stoneboro Fair and two board members over a billboard that was removed just prior to this year’s fair.

The suit alleges one count of malicious interference with contractual relations by the fair board, its president, Ron Carkin, and its vice president, Donald Barbour.

Northeast Democrats said they entered a contract with billboard owner General Outdoor Advertising Inc. to put up an ad in support of Missa Eaton, the Democrat running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, a Butler County Republican, on U.S. Route 62 in Stoneboro.

“The sign was to occupy the billboard ... starting at the beginning of the 2012 Stoneboro Fair,” the complaint said.

The Democrats wanted the message to be seen by “thousands of fair attendees in a demographic (they) felt needed to be reached by this particular message,” the suit said.

The billboard was put up Aug. 30, but Barbour approached the group the next day saying it was on fair property and was going to be torn down, the suit said.

The Democrats said the billboard was covered with burlap, and Barbour threatened to have anyone who attempted to enter the area around the sign arrested for trespassing, the suit said.

The Dems said they approached Carkin, who, like Barbour, is a Republican, but he “would not respond to any of the Northeast Democrats’ inquiries relative to the billboard.”

The billboard was “maliciously” torn down and dumped into woods, the suit said.

Barbour and Carkin “did not want the thousands of members of the general public who were attending and/or passing by the fair to see the message,” the suit said.

As further proof of the “malicious motive” of Barbour and Carkin, the Dems said the billboard recently had advertised fireworks and last year a Republican candidate for county office.

The Dems are asking that the defendants be ordered to provide “in-kind advertising that will serve the same purpose and the same goal as the original advertising.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Man deemed predator – for now

    A former Sharon man was sent to the state prison system Tuesday for corrupting the morals of a teenage girl, but the question of whether his penalties under Megan’s Law will stand could be subject to future legal proceedings.

    April 23, 2014

  • Not even waste will be wasted

    Tom Darby admits he wishes the startup of the anaerobic digestion process at the Hermitage Water Pollution Control Plant had moved along much faster.

    April 23, 2014

  • 3rd Earth Fest draws families to Penn State

    Penn State Shenango’s Earth Fest has become a spring tradition for area residents.
    Families poured into downtown Sharon for the campus’ third annual sustainability celebration.

    April 22, 2014

  • Amish clean Shenango River Volunteers protect Shenango River

    Shenango River Watchers has spent more than a decade working to clean up the Shenango and improve recreational access to its water and banks.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • For many, recycling’s become way of life

    When Pennsylvania mandated curbside recycling for its larger municipalities in 1998 – those with more than 5,000 people – there was grumbling about government interference in the lives of everyday people.

    April 22, 2014

  • Many items can’t be thrown away

    The computer screen in front of you isn’t likely to do you much harm, at least not until it’s tossed in a landfill where the lead-filled components start to leak and eventually find their way into your drinking water, according to Jerry Zona, director of the Lawrence-Mercer County Recycling/Solid Waste department.

    April 22, 2014

  • David Sykes' solar panels Earthworks

    While touring Germany last year, David Sykes spotted solar panels resting in a residential back yard.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burned using Icy Hot, woman claims

    A Grove City woman has sued Chattem Inc. and Rite Aid of Pennsylvania Inc., alleging she suffered a second-degree chemical burn using one of Chattem’s Icy Hot pain relief products.

    April 21, 2014

  • Family outing Family friendly

    “We’re No. 5’’ isn’t a sports cheer you’ll hear any time soon.
    But considering the lumps the greater area has gotten over the years on economic rankings, it’s an outright victory.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • To demolish or not Tear it down? Fix it up?

    In 2007, Richard D. Givens bought a home at 831 Knobwood Drive in Hermitage for $245,000.
    Today, the city of Hermitage is seeking the demolition of the now-vacant house, arguing the damage from water infiltration makes the structure not worth saving.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from April 19, 2014

    April 19, 2014

  • Man admits having child porn

    A Mercer man accused of soliciting and downloading photographs of nude teenage girls pleaded guilty April 8 to sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography.

    April 19, 2014

  • Police getting new tool to fight crime

    Sharon police working at crime scenes will be putting a powerful new investigative tool to work as soon as next month.

    April 19, 2014

  • Soap box derby finds new home

    The Greater Pennsylvania Super Kids soap box derby for special-needs kids is moving to Sharpsville.

    April 19, 2014

  • News briefs from April 18, 2014

    ‘Nonspecific threat’ prompts evacuation

    Supreme Court refuses to hear couple’s appeal

    Lung Association offering free radon test kits

    April 18, 2014