Upstate dispute over massive Confederate flag flying along I-85: SCV gets their day in court

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(The Post-Courier) The lawsuit over a 12-story-tall pole used to fly a large Confederate battle flag seen by thousands of interstate motorists daily is getting closer to a day in court.

The complaint by a local Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter over Spartanburg County’s order to remove the flagpole near where Interstate 85 and Interstate 85 Business converge, first filed in November, has a June 27 court date, according to online records.

The 30-foot-by-50-foot Confederate flag, the size of the footprint of a small three-bedroom home, has remained flying along the interstate while the lawsuit drags on because of the Spartanburg County Board of Zoning Appeals’ voted 5-3 in January that the county’s violation notice should not have been issued.

Some Spartanburg County government leaders say they fear the giant Confederate flag has become a symbol of racial division across the country and could hurt tourism and business recruitment.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans argued in the lawsuit the county violated its free speech rights by…

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