City gets complaints on 2015 Confederate flag removal

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Posted: Feb 02, 2017 7:26 AM

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — Officials in South Carolina are getting complaints about the 2015 removal of the Confederate flag from a memorial on state property in the city of Walhalla.

City manager Nancy Goehle told the Anderson Independent Mail (http://bit.ly/2k0f8i5 ) calls came in starting Tuesday questioning the decision to replace the Confederate flag with the South Carolina flag. Walhalla is located about 16 miles from Clemson University.

Luther Lyle is a local historian who maintains the Walhalla site. He says he switched the flags about the time state legislators removed the flag from the Statehouse after the Charleston church shootings.

The chairman of the South Carolina Secessionist Party, James Bessinger, says he sent a letter to Walhalla officials demanding the flag be restored. Bessinger says his organization just learned of the flag's removal.

State law says local governments cannot change memorials without state lawmakers' approval.

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Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com