February 11, 2006 - Posted at 12:52 p.m. CST
LOST BRIDGE VILLAGE, Ark. (AP) _ After posting the Ten
Commandments in his yard, Lost Bridge Village resident Dean Pride
discovered his town has an 11th one: No yard signs.
Pride says he simply was trying to discourage burglars after
some of his neighbors' houses were broken into. His sign underlined
the commandment ``thou shall not steal.''
A Buddhist, Pride says the idea of the sign was his partner's,
who is a Christian.
After posting the sign last August, Pride recently received a
letter from the village's property owners association informing him
of complaints about the sign and outlining the covenant on signs.
Steve Herwig, president of the Lost Bridge Village Board of
Trustees, says the board allows professional security signs, real
estate and construction signs, house number signs, and temporary
directional signs for garage sales, parties, open houses, political
campaigns or other events.
Herwig says Pride can appeal to the board.