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Ashe Officials Discuss How to Protect Burial Sites PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Friday, 04 September 2009 06:34

Ashe County Commissioners are reviewing how they protect burial grounds across the county after they learned that cemeteries are being desecrated.

 

Linda Burchette of the Jefferson Post reports one Ashe County cemetery had been graded over to make room for a Christmas tree farm.  One Ashe resident also reportedly destroyed a cemetery to build his house and had pulled up and crushed the headstones to make a stone walkway to his house.

 

Ashe County commissioners said they don’t want to stunt development in the county, but they want to better protect burial sites.  One idea that was proposed is to have the Ashe County Historical Society and county planning board survey where and when a person was buried.  Burial sites are recorded differently and commissioners feel a standardized way would make it easier to protect burial sites.

 

  
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