South Carolina

Confederate flag going back up in South Carolina

The Confederate battle flag is going back up at a monument in a northwestern South Carolina town.

Luther Lyle had maintained the memorial in Walhalla for years and had replaced the Confederate flag with a South Carolina flag in 2015, about the time the Confederate flag was taken down from the Statehouse following the Charleston church shootings.

Lyle said there was only one complaint then. The South Carolina Secessionist Party complained recently that the removal violated a state law that requires legislative approval to change monuments.

Lyle told the Anderson Independent Mail (http://bit.ly/2jGwYIF) the complaints by the Secessionist Party had nothing to do with putting the flag back up. Lyle said an agreement was reached last week for the Sons of Confederate Veterans to take over responsibility for the monument.