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Murray American flag fiasco dies down as HOA president resigns

Murray American flag fiasco dies down as HOA president resigns

(KUTV) A fight over the American flag in a Murray neighborhood has ended with a white flag.

Six days after a heated confrontation, this battle in the Chestnut Place neighborhood appears to be over.

The Homeowners Association president has resigned, and the resistance against the American flag flying outside of holidays seems to be lessened.

"I wanted to fly my flag and not be harassed for it," said Erin Worthen, a resident of the neighborhood. "That's all I've wanted from the beginning."

Last Thursday, Worthen faced down her HOA board. The association had fined Worthen and others for failing to remove their flags within 10 days after a holiday.

"We're only trying to regulate," HOA president Lyn Steenbergen told 2News last Thursday. "We have nothing wrong with the flags flying."

But residents were furious, and they let Steenbergen and other board members know it.

"It gives me federal right to fly my American flag and there's not a damn thing you can do about it," Worthen said as the HOA board abruptly canceled a planned meeting and told residents the issue would be addressed at a future gathering.

After the heated meeting last week, some neighbors who had taken their flags down decided to put them back up.

Gaye Stanger is one of them.

"I had a husband that fought in two wars," she said. "I'm a very true American."

She was out of town for last week's confrontation. When she returned and saw more flags flying, she was elated.

"I thought, they won it! They won it!" Stanger said.

Now it appears they have. Steenbergen confirmed to 2News Wednesday she has resigned as HOA president. Worthen is expected to be nominated to take her place.

"I will do what the homeowners want," Worthen said.

That includes making sure the flag can always fly.

"It's not a holiday decoration," said Worthen. "They're symbolic and people take it very personal when somebody attacks it."

2News has also learned the HOA board is no longer enforcing the fines they issued to homeowners who didn't take down their flags.

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