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By Jeremiah Reed
Staff Writer 

School Board Member Mike Rogers Arrested - Brevard NC

 

Mike Rogers

Transylvania County School Board member Michael Rogers was one of two individuals arrested Friday and charged with two felonies in connection to the vandalism of Howard’s Rock at Clemson University’s Frank Howard Field.

Rogers, 46, was charged with one felony count of conspiracy and one felony count of obstructing justice. A 17-year-old Rosman High School was also charged with the same crimes. Both appeared before a Pickens County magistrate on Friday and were released on a $7,500 personal recognizance bond.

Howard’s Rock, an iconic piece of football lore for Clemson fans, was vandalized earlier this year on June 2. A protective casing around the rock was destroyed and a large portion of the rock was chipped away and stolen.

On June 28, Rogers’ son, Micah, was arrested by Clemson University Police and charged with one felony count of malicious injury to personal property and one misdemeanor count of trespassing in connection with the case. Surveillance footage helped lead authorities to Micah, who was released on a $5,470 bond hours after being charged.

Michael Rogers is currently serving the remainder of a term on the school board left vacant when former board chair Chris Whitmire was elected to the N.C. House of Representatives last fall. Fellow board members unanimously voted 4-0 to approve his appointment at a school board meeting in January. Rogers’ term expires in 2014.

Rogers also served on the school board from 2002-2009, including a stint as board chair from 2005 to the end of his tenure. In fall 2007, Rogers suffered a serious ATV accident that left him with severe head and facial injuries, as well as internal injuries to his kidneys and liver. After undergoing emergency surgery, Rogers spent several months in recovery.

In June 2009, Rogers stepped down from the board, and in a letter to fellow board members and Transylvania County Schools said he did so because, “God revealed to me [on April 22] that my days on the School Board were soon to be over.”

After leaving the board, Rog-ers continued with his personal business (Roger’s Masonry) and also became pastor of Dunns Creek Baptist Church in 2012, where he still serves.

At this time, no further information about the case has been made available.