Top stories of 2016: Cemetery maladies brought to light

After complaints and comments, calls began coming in to The Standard.

It was clear that something was amiss with Maple Grove Cemetery in Boonville. The cemetery has been a staple of the community for generations, but had fallen into disrepair.

Many family members and residents complained that the cemetery had become a disgrace to their relatives buried there, with wet plots, dirty grass covering the roads, muddy markers, graves sinking in, un-mowed grass and weeds that were so high they covered the headstones.

After investigation from The Standard, it was found that repairs and maintenance meant to be determined and executed by the cemetery board, were falling into the hands of family members.

“A cemetery, in my opinion, is a place of final rest and each person deserves to be able to get to their family’s grave without pulling weeds and walking through grass,” Emmalee Hunt, who goes out to the cemetery with her grandfather a lot to change the wreaths on her families’ graves, said.

“I don’t understand why the board would allow it to get this bad. They want to blight Boonville.”

But the repairs couldn’t be made by the city. Mayor Charlie Wyatt said the city cannot interfere at all with the way the cemetery is run or help because it is a private entity.

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