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(Go Upstate) Five months after being raised, the Confederate flag is still flying atop a 120-foot flagpole along Interstate 85 as a lawsuit works its way through the courts in Spartanburg County.
“We expect when we have our day in court the land use decision will be overturned,” said Spartanburg County Councilman Monier Abusaft. “Nobody’s going to go in there guns blazing and yank the flag down. We’ll let it work through the process.”
On Feb. 28, the Spartanburg County Board of Zoning Appeals voted 5-3 to overturn the Planning Department’s notice that the flagpole was in violation because a permit was not obtained before erecting it.
Five months since being raised, the Confederate flag is still flying high atop a 120-foot flagpole along Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County as a lawsuit works its way through the courts.
The notice was sent on Nov. 10 to the Adam Washington Ballenger Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 68, with the county claiming the group failed to apply for a permit before erecting the flagpole.
The group raised the Naval Jack flag on Oct. 22 at its property on Teaberry Road, which fronts I-85 near U.S. Highway 221 and Business 85.
A lawsuit filed by the SCV in Common Pleas Court against the county seeks to declare the flagpole as legal and end the county’s attempts to require permits.
The SCV claims the flagpole is in compliance with…Confederate flag still flies on I-85 as Spartanburg suit is pending
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