George Cleveland loses appeal

A high court has rejected George Cleveland’s appeal of the dismissal of his civil lawsuit against the city of Seneca. The South Carolina Appeals Court upheld the decision of 10th Circuit Judge Lawton McIntosh to dismiss Cleveland’s claim at the pre-trial level. Cleveland made allegations about the cleanliness of Shaver Recreation facilities and a billboard there that advertised a business that employed a city councilman. The Appeals Court dated its order December 19 and said it affirmed McIntosh’s 2010 dismissal order, without hearing oral arguments. In the appeal that went before the higher court, Cleveland was listed as the appellant, while the city of Seneca, Mayor Dan Alexander, in his official capacity, and Mayor Pro-tem Ronnie O’Kelley were listed as respondents.