For a second time, a motion to remove the Confederate battle flag from the lawn of the Carroll County Courthouse in Carrollton died for lack of a second.
Robert and Alonzo Lewis of Coila went before the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to ask that the flag be removed and placed somewhere else. The Lewis brothers, who both served in the military, said for some the flying the flag at the courthouse is a sign of Southern Heritage. And they agreed it is.
“It’s a sense of pride for some,” Robert Lewis said. “But, for Blacks, it is also our Southern Heritage, one of tragedy and turmoil. That flag does not deserve to be flown at a public statehouse or a courthouse. If you want to fly it, fly it at your house.”
Alonzo Lewis said he was proud of the new state flag because it represented Mississippi, and he was proud to be a Mississippian. But, the flag flying at the courthouse doesn’t represent everyone. He asked Supervisor Claude Fluker to put a motion on the floor for the removal of the flag.
Fluker did and the motion died for lack of a second.
Charles Humphries went before the board again to discuss the communication issues that he said occurred during the recent winter storm. At the Feb. 22 board meeting, he suggested having a way to alert residents.
Board president Jim Neill said he spoke with David Fletcher with Delta Electric. Neill said with everyone going green with solar farms and wind turbines harvesting power instead of the using coal mines or power plants, both of which are still operational in Mississippi, he wanted to know if there would be rolling blackouts like what happened in Texas.
Neill said Fletcher told him that customers on Delta Electric have nothing to worry about, and they have all of it under control. Humphries voiced his opposition of the solar farm in the past to the board. The solar farm is set to begin construct sometime this year, and go online by next year. Delta Electric is expected to benefit from the solar farm as it will harvest power from the production of the farm.
Neill also said that in Vaiden, they have robo calls that alert customers when there is low water pressure or if the water if off, and that it could be something that Humphries should looking into suggesting to the Pelucia Creek Water Association.