Some Say Boyle County Cemetery Is A Mess

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Many in Danville took their concerns over conditions at Bellevue Cemetery to community leaders Monday night.

27NEWSFIRST spoke with several of them. They say over the last 12 months, conditions at the cemetery have deteriorated rapidly.

"It's a mess, it doesn't look like a cemetery, it looks more like a dump," Jim Talley says.

Talley is one of many in Danville pleading with the city to take action on what he calls appalling conditions at the cemetery.

"I'm not sure whose grave this is, but as you can see, it's covered in mud. It's just uncalled for," says Talley.

Talley says over the last 12 months, workers contracted by the city to maintain the cemetery grounds have severely neglected their duties.

Some of the biggest problems, he says, are fallen tree limbs on top of headstones, as well as numerous headstones now sitting on the ground in pieces. He also says he sees a sea of artificial flowers with no home.

"We picked up at least five or six bags in one corner of the cemetery alone."

Talley says cleaning up the problem has been a never ending job recently. It's also something he and his family continue to do.

"My mother and father are buried here."

Talley's parents are both buried in the cemetery, as well as hundreds more who were born and raised in Danville.

"It's bad enough we have to deal with the loss of our family members, let alone this mess," Talley says.

He now wants the city to take responsibility and fix the problem.

"Something needs to be done," he says.

Whatever the city decides to do, Talley tells us he will not stop his efforts to improve conditions at the cemetery.


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  • by Suzie on Feb 26, 2008 at 08:30 AM
    I've never known of it to be any city's responsibility to care for a cemetary. All of the cemetaries where my loved ones are buried are cared for by volunteers--some set up a table during the Memorial Day holiday to accept donations to keep the property groomed. If it is the city's responsibility then by all means, they should be doing something about it since that is where our tax money is going though!
  • by John Location: Georgetown on Feb 26, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    If this is all true I think that it is a disgrace that the powers to be would allow this to happen. I do also have my grandparents buried there and I will personally come there and check out the shape of not only there gravesites but also of the entire cemetery and will do whatever I feel is necessary to erradicate this situation. I will personally clean up my grandparents gravesites and then send the City of Danville for my time. I have always thought that Danville was one of the nicest cities around but this really has effected those feelings. I'm sure the city has no issues with spending millions on updating city offices and such but have just shoved our loved ones to the side and it is not right. I WILL do whatever it takes to clean this up.

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