- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - As lawmakers in South Carolina consider removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds, a north Florida county has decided to do the opposite.

The Marion County Commission voted Tuesday unanimously to again fly the Confederate flag in front of a government building, weeks after it had been taken down.

The interim county administrator had removed the flag at the McPherson Governmental Complex in Ocala, joining other communities across the South and nationwide that took down or reconsidered Confederate symbols after the June 17 killing of nine black people at a Charleston, South Carolina, church. A white man who appeared in photos waving Confederate flags is charged.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports (https://bit.ly/1G5BL4T ) that several citizens spoke in favor of restoring the flag.

Commissioners say it’ll be flown with a display explaining its historical significance.



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