Confederate Flag No Longer Flies on S.C. State House Grounds

By Veronica Brown

FlagAfter years of debate, South Carolina state troopers removed the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds in seven minutes. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people flooded downtown Columbia on Friday in order to witness the historic moment. Emotional onlookers chanted “USA! USA! USA!” and sang "Na, na, na, na. Na, na, na, na. Hey-ey, goodbye” when the flag was lowered. Although the crowd remained peaceful, law enforcement officials had prepared for any possibility. On Thursday, Columbia City Council enacted a special ban on weapons in the immediate vicinity of the State House, lasting...

Reaction to Confederate Flag Removal

By Katie Geer

FlagIt was a historic day in South Carolina as Governor Haley signed the bill into law that will remove the Confederate flag from State House grounds. Palmetto Scene was there, interviewing South Carolinians and lawmakers about the historic day.

S.C. House Votes in Favor of Removing Confederate Flag

By S. Simmons

Confederate FlagRepresentatives in the South Carolina House voted early Thursday morning to remove the Confederate flag that flies on the State House grounds, ABC News reports . After over 13 hours of deliberation, the House approved the bill, originally written by Senator Vincent Sheheen and previously passed by the Senate on Tuesday. Over 20 amendments were proposed for the bill, but ultimately none were approved. NPR reports that House Democrats pledged they would not waver their demand for a "clean bill," one that ousts the battle flag from the State House grounds. If Governor Nikki Haley signs the bill...

An Emotional Night in the S.C. House of Representatives

By Andrea Esselman

HorneWith the S.C. House of Representatives voting in favor of taking down the Confederate flag, all that remains is for Governor Nikki Haley to sign the bill, and the flag will come down from the State House grounds. The debate surrounding the flag is one of historical significance. The flag has flown on State House grounds since 1961, although it was moved from its place on the dome of the State House in 2000. Legislators debated for thirteen hours, starting at 10:00 Wednesday morning and going until 1:00 Thursday morning, according to State House records . Passionate speeches were given from...

On Third Reading, the S.C. Senate Has Voted to Remove the Confederate Flag

By S. Simmons

Confederate FlagOn third reading, the South Carolina Senate has voted 36-3 in favor of removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. On Monday, the South Carolina Senate voted 37-3 in favor, CBS News reports . According to a report from the Huffington Post, Senator Vincent Sheheen, who introduced the bill to remove the flag, asked legislators to approve it because "it's the right thing to do." "The issue had to be resolved," said Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Hugh Leatherman. "It had been festering for a long, long time. Removing the Confederate flag was not a unanimous decision. Senators...

Remembering the Charleston Church Victims

By S. Simmons

Charleston NineAlmost two weeks later, funerals have been planned and held for the nine victims of the shooting at Emanuel A.M..E Church in Charleston, South Carolina. A CNN report provides a closer look at the nine people lost that Wednesday night. CYNTHIA HURD Cynthia Hurd, 54, worked at the Charleston County Public Library for 31 years. There she helped residents, “making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth,” library officials said. ------- SUSIE JACKSON Susie Jackson, 87, liked to sing in the choir at the church where she had been a member for many years, her grandson...

Haley Issues Budget Vetoes

By Aimee Crouch

State HouseGovernor Nikki Haley held a press conference late this morning to unveil her vetoes of this year's appropriations bill. She issued 87 line item vetoes, but said she was happy that the "legislature is putting more thought into our executive budget, and we are grateful for that." Some of the funding Haley applauded was: - Fully maintained state's reserves - Paid off $1 Billion in federal debt early - Additional money found at end of session went to roads and debts Haley's main concern was the new funding earmarked for individual projects in communities, such as museums and parks. She said these...

Charleston Shootings: Full Interview with Rev. Joseph Darby

By Katie Geer

Joe DarbyPalmetto Scene sat down with Rev. Joseph Darby, First Vice President of the Charleston NAACP, to talk about the many issues facing South Carolina in the wake of last weeks shooting. Rev. Darby touches on the tragic events, as well as racial issues, as a whole in the state, and the best ways for people to forgive and move on after such a tragedy.