Palmetto Sunrise: Confederate flag’s last dawn

The Confederate battle flag will be removed from the capitol complex today at 10 a.m. Grace Beahm/Staff

COLUMBIA — Flag supporters and opponents served as a backdrop for national news crews in front of the capitol building late Thursday, during the Statehouse’s Confederate battle flag last night.

After Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill that ordered the flag’s furling, law enforcement officers erected a barricade around the Northside lawn in preparation for its removal Friday morning.

Gervais and Main Streets are expected to be closed for the possibility of thousands visiting Columbia to witness the flag’s historic furling, which is set to happen during a short ceremony at 10 a.m.

In other news:

Jenny Horne: She needed to get the flag debate back on track (The Post and Courier)

Today’s South Carolina more conducive to change (The Greenville News)

Graham: ‘Flag had to come down’: (CNN)

NAACP, NCAA plan to end boycott of South Carolina (The Post and Courier)

Walter Scott family visits shooting site with Emanuel shooting on minds (The Post and Courier)

S.C. lawmakers toss veto of funds to keep fathers employed (Bluftton Today)

Overflowing GOP presidential field has Fox News in demand (The Associated Press)

Bush: Americans ‘Need to Work Longer Hours’ (TIME)

O’Malley says nation needs tougher oversight of Wall Street (The Associated Press)