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St. Cloud will hang banners for 25th Battle of Narcoosee Mill Civil War re-enactment

Banners for a Civil War re-enactment in St. Cloud will go up without changes. 

On Monday, city manager Bill Sturgeon said the original banners would not go up because they included a Confederate battle flag, which can be controversial. 

But City Council members voted unanimously on Thursday evening to put up the original banners. 

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The banners for the 25th Battle at Narcoosee Mill created some controversy because the design included a silhouette of a solider with American and Confederate flags behind him.

St. Cloud’s city manager didn’t want the banner including the Confederate flag on city property, given the current climate nationwide concerning Confederate monuments. 

“I’m sick and tired of people. This is history. That flag is history, just like our flag is history. The people want to change history,” said Dolores Roder, St. Cloud resident.

Read: Community mourns fallen Brevard County deputy who died in I-95 crash

While the re-enactment is a St. Cloud tradition, the Battle at Narcoosee Mill never happened. 

It’s a fictional battle, but supporters said it still offers historical lessons. 

"It's educational. You see the era that people lived in back in those days. The way they dressed, the way they lived, the weaponry, the way the tents work -- the whole works,” said Bill Lanz, a Kissimmee resident. 

Read: 500 children may need revaccination, Orlando doctor arrested, officials say

The St. Cloud City Council voted 5-0 in favor of letting the original banners go up instead of making new banners without the Confederate flag as the city manager suggested. 

City workers will hang 65 of the banners at city intersections along Lakeshore Boulevard between Alabama and Mississippi avenues. 

St. Cloud will hang banners for 25th Battle of Narcoosee Mill Civil War re-enactment

Banners for a Civil War re-enactment in St. Cloud will go up without changes. 

On Monday, city manager Bill Sturgeon said the original banners would not go up because they included a Confederate battle flag, which can be controversial. 

But City Council members voted unanimously on Thursday evening to put up the original banners. 

Read: Woman prevents girl's kidnapping by pretending to be potential victim's mother

The banners for the 25th Battle at Narcoosee Mill created some controversy because the design included a silhouette of a solider with American and Confederate flags behind him.

St. Cloud’s city manager didn’t want the banner including the Confederate flag on city property, given the current climate nationwide concerning Confederate monuments. 

“I’m sick and tired of people. This is history. That flag is history, just like our flag is history. The people want to change history,” said Dolores Roder, St. Cloud resident.

Read: Community mourns fallen Brevard County deputy who died in I-95 crash

While the re-enactment is a St. Cloud tradition, the Battle at Narcoosee Mill never happened. 

It’s a fictional battle, but supporters said it still offers historical lessons. 

"It's educational. You see the era that people lived in back in those days. The way they dressed, the way they lived, the weaponry, the way the tents work -- the whole works,” said Bill Lanz, a Kissimmee resident. 

Read: 500 children may need revaccination, Orlando doctor arrested, officials say

The St. Cloud City Council voted 5-0 in favor of letting the original banners go up instead of making new banners without the Confederate flag as the city manager suggested. 

City workers will hang 65 of the banners at city intersections along Lakeshore Boulevard between Alabama and Mississippi avenues. 

Driver arrested after striking White House barrier

The White House is on lockdown after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier.   The U.S. Secret Service tweets that the vehicle "did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex."   The agency adds that the female driver of the vehicle was "immediately apprehended."

Witnesses saw a commotion on the White House grounds as security officers responded.   President Donald Trump is hosting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House. Turnbull is remaining at the White House as the incident is being investigated.   The Secret Service says no law enforcement personnel were injured in the incident.  

 

Community mourns fallen Brevard County deputy who died in I-95 crash

More than a thousand law enforcement officers arrived at a funeral for a Brevard County deputy who was killed in a crash involving a semitruck last weekend.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey spoke to mourn field training officer Kevin Stanton, a more than 10-year veteran, at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Titusville Friday.

Troopers said the crash occurred on I-95 southbound near mile marker 217 in Titusville, just north of State Road 50, at around 5:10 a.m. Saturday.

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Stanton was driving his marked patrol car when a semitruck hit and killed the deputy, Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.

Troopers said a tire blew out on the semitruck, causing the driver to lose control and crash into the patrol car.

The crash closed all southbound lanes of I-95 for several hours.

Stanton had been with the Sheriff's Office for more than 10 years, Ivey said.

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The truck driver was not injured in the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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