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VOL. 97, NO. 134 www.indexjournal.com 2 SECTIONS, 16 PAGES TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2015 DAILY 75¢, SUNDAY $1.50 TODAY: Partly sunny, mostly cloudy; your choice. High of 81. FORECAST, 8A Index-Journal is published with pride for the people of the Lake- lands. You are important to us. If you miss your paper, please call 223-1413 (before noon on weekends). Inside today's edition ■ ABBY 5A ■ BUSINESS 8A ■ CALENDAR 2A ■ CLASSIFIEDS 6B-8B ■ COMICS 5B ■ EDITORIALS 6A ■ ENTERTAINMENT 5A ■ LOTTERY 5A ■ MARKETS 4B ■ OBITUARIES 4A ■ SPORTS 1B-3B Index-Journal is committed to editorial excellence. To report an error, contact Executive Editor Richard Whiting at 943-2522 or rwhiting@indexjournal.com. Seaboard community frustrated as the Rec is still closed for 6th year Taking a drive down Seaboard Avenue, one can't help but notice the dilapidated building just a couple of blocks east of Uptown. Anyone can see the vines crawling over the brick, the dry pool sitting empty and the rust along the pole leading to the sign that reads "Beyond the Walls Family Restoration Center." For the sixth year now, the build- ing known by Seaboard-area locals as "the Rec" still has its doors shut. B eyond the Walls used to be known as the R.L. Stevens Cen- ter. The building was closed by the county in 2009, said County Council Chairman Robbie Templeton. Council wanted to protect the his- tory of the building, and in early 2010 asked residents for proposals about what should be done with the build- ing. Council eventually chose pastor Darlene Saxon's proposal, and gave her the property. Several council members have made it clear that in the five years since the property was handed to Saxon, almost no progress has been made toward renovation. "S eab oard Recreation C enter served as a landmark for the black community for years," said Council- man Gonza Bryant. He said the his- tory behind the nearly 60-year-old building was important to the com- munity. "It was a place that felt just like home," said Councilwoman Edith Childs. "The Rec molded this com- munity through the children who went there to learn how to swim," she said. By DAMIAN DOMINGUEZ ddominguez@indexjournal.com DAMIAN DOMINGUEZ The pool that the Rec offered to the Seaboard community was an important aspect of many people's childhoods, County Councilman Gonza Bryant said. See SEABOARD, page 4A Two teenagers were killed Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck in Abbeville County. Kelsey Granger, 17, of 1631 Keow- ee Road in Iva and Robert Batista, 16, of 66 Mobleys Bluff Road in Abbev- ille died of blunt force trauma shortly after 2:30 p.m., Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley said. The wreck occurred about 2:25 p.m. Monday about two miles from Granger's home on Keowee Road in the county. The two were in a 2001 Saturn and not wearing seat belts and were ejected, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Ashley said the vehicle went off the right side of the road and hit an elec- tric line post. Ashle y s aid autopsies would be conducted Tuesday morning in Anderson. The highway patrol continues to investigate the wreck. From staff reports Wreck claims lives of 2 teens ■ ABBEVILLE ■ McCORMICK SC House overrides most of Haley's vetoes so far COLUMBIA — The South Car- olina House on Monday voted to override most of the vetoes by Gov. Nikki Haley it's considered thus far, including more than $2.1 million for her own alma mater, Clemson University. House lawmakers voted over- whelmingly to override Haley's deci- sion to strike the funding for new positions at Clemson and its state- wide research and extension ser- vices. The governor had called the amount excessive, saying the state's investment in colleges should be focused on degree programs. As he did last month, House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White, R-Anderson, said designa- tions for museums and historic sites are about preserving the state's history for future generations, also questioning why Clemson Univer- sity, from which Haley graduated, was the only college to have funding vetoed. "It seems like Clemson got picked on," White said, also pointing out that some of the vetoed funding was intended for a Clemson program that supports South Carolina's auto- motive industry, which Haley has frequently trumped. Last month, Haley vetoed 87 items worth about $30 million from the Legislature's budget pack- age, saying she did not veto more because legislators did as she asked. It was the highest number of line- item vetoes Haley has issued in her five years as governor, but the dollar amount struck from the more than $7 billion plan for state taxes is the second lowest. At the time, Haley said legisla- tors deserve credit for putting more than $300 million of surplus toward roads but criticized earmarks for museums, parks, and other local projects. By MEG KINNARD Associated Press See POLICY, page 3A 37 - 3 ASSOCIATED PRESS Senators watch and tally the votes on one of the amendments during the South Carolina Senate debate on a bill that calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds Monday in Columbia. SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration. A second vote will be needed Tuesday to send the proposal to the House, where it faces a less certain future. But Monday's 37-3 vote was well over the two-thirds majority needed to advance the bill. If the House passes the same measure, the flag and flagpole could be removed as soon as Gov. Nikki Haley signs the papers. The flag would be lowered for the last time and shipped off to the state's Confederate Relic Room, near where the last Confederate flag to fly over the Statehouse dome is stored. The vote came at the end of a day of debate in which several By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press See FLAG, page 4A County parent voices concern over policy that silences public McCORMICK In recent weeks, residents have attended the coun- ty school district's board of trustees meetings to find that one of two pub- lic input sections on the agendas had been stricken, and at Monday's board meeting one parent expressed her anger about it. The board had previously allowed residents to share thoughts or con- cerns regarding any topic relevant to the board or district at the begin- ning of its meetings. Another public input section was provided at the end of the agendas to allow public com- ments about items discussed by the board during the current meeting or on the current agenda. The June 18 issue of the McCor- m i ck Me s s e nge r re p or te d t he board eliminated the public com- ment period at the beginning of the board meetings, thus only allow- ing the public to speak about items the board discussed during current meetings. T h e Mc C or m i c k Me s s e n g e r By ARIEL GILREATH agilreath@indexjournal.com FestivalOfDiscovery.com BBQ & Blues BBQ & Blues BBQ & Blues Festival of Discovery july 9-11 uptown greenwood 90953

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