confederate_flag.jpegEASTMAN, Ga. (AP) _ Commissioners in a central Georgia county have decided to fly the Confederate battle flag 365 days a year at the county courthouse, angering civil rights leaders and sparking the latest round of controversy in a years-long dispute.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that Monday's vote by the Dodge County Commission has angered representatives of the NAACP.

John Battle, president of the Dodge County branch of the NAACP, said the decision was like a slap in the face.

Only one commissioner, Archie Dupree, voted against the decision, which was made after a brief closed session. Dupree said he thought it would be inappropriate to fly the flag, and that it would offend people.

The flag is in front of a series of war memorial statues on the side of the courthouse property.