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Patriotic Sign Causes Controversy In Nevada County

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A church puts up a sign supporting the troops. Sounds like no big deal, but in Nevada County, California, it is a big deal.

Standing 20 feet tall and 8 feet wide, the red, white and blue sign along highway 49 in Nevada County says: "Support our troops. Nevada County is a very patriotic county, they love our troops."

But do they? In fact, the county wants this sign taken down.

Residents don't seem to mind.

"Nice to see it out there and to know that the community supports the troops," said one church member.

However, the county's issue with the sign, according to Simple Truth Church, is not what it actually says. Instead, it's the physical sign itself that is the concern.

Simple Truth Church put the sign up to show military support, thinking they would help the community by improving a pre-existing sign, which looked rather run-down before the church redid it.

"It really looked terrible. It wasn't kept up. The church just added their logo sign. Then we thought of a 'support the troop' sign in addition to it," said a church member.

The county regulations state that no changes to an existing sign can occur without getting approval from the Nevada County Planning Department first.

"Actually didn't have anything to do with what the signs says; what it has to do with is it's out of compliance with county ordinance on signage," said Pastor Alaways.

The county Planning Department says that the church can apply for a permit. It'll take about a month, and then the billboard can be put back up.

Freedom of speech? Yes. Freedom of posting signs that don't comply with a county ordinance? Maybe not.

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