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Homer Mayor Hal McCabe called in to discuss the recent controversy over the new village signs, which started as a friendly competition between two designs and ended when lawsuits were threatened against the village.

According to McCabe, things hit a boiling point after a local screening of the 1934 David Harum film directed by James Cruze and written by Walter Woods.

Although still considered an American comedy film, viewers at the screening reported several graphic scenes of racism involving Harum’s trading back-and-forth of a slave named “Swifty.”

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Once aware of this, McCabe planned to express his concerns about the film in his weekly village report to the Homer News, which is when he says both he and the newspaper’s publisher were threatened with suits of libel and slander.

At that point, he decided to cancel the vote and move ahead with the village’s design.

A few minor changes or additions may be made, which will be discussed at the next Board of Trustees meeting on October 24.

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