Anger over the condition of a cemetery results in new board


A large number of people in West Terre Haute are happy tonight after a cemetery association board was replaced.  It happened because of complaints about the condition of Bethesda Cemetery.  Some people say the cemetery has been neglected.

An overflow crowd, on Tuesday evening, packed the West Terre Haute Town Hall.  People were upset because the members of the board did not attend the meeting.  So, citizens took matters into their own hands and they elected a new board of five people.    

Some say the caretaker of the cemetery doesn’t keep up with lawn care, or take care of the gravestones.  Now, members of the new board plan to take action.

“That’s where my family is buried they deserve a lot more respect than what is being given right now and hopefully this new board we can do that,” said Mike Grayless, new president of the Bethesda Cemetery Association. 

“We needed change, we’ve got change and I am happy,” said Oralee Pierce, concerned citizen.

The new board plans to file an injunction with the state attorney’s office.  Members want the state to audit the books associated with the old board before they move forward with efforts to improve the cemetery.  Earlier we tried,unsuccessfully, to reach former association president Bill McClain.

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