Officials, Families To Meet About Moving Graves

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Family members have a chance to speak out today about a plan to move their loved ones.

Members of the State Transportation Cabinet are meeting with some emotional family members today to talk about concerns over a project that would involve moving 30 graves in Scott County.

The project will widen US 25 near the Fayette-Scott County line in preparation for the 2010 World Equestrian Games, cutting through part of Crestlawn Cemetery.

Those who are worried about having to move their loved ones remains can meet with Transportation Cabinet officials at the cemetery, from 10 this morning until 8:30 tonight.

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  • by Darlene Location: Georgetown on Sep 12, 2007 at 07:14 PM
    why does the state and Lexington want to make these families bury their dead again. I do believe that if those graves are moved for the equestrian event it will only show how selfish, self-centered and egotistical our state and local leaders are. Leave this cemetery alone and work from the other side of US 25. I too travel that road everyday, and I believe it would be easier and less traumatic to let the live people relocate than to move the dead. Get real, this will be done to try to impress some other leaders and the outcome will be appalling to most people with respect for each other and their deceased loved ones. I would not want to have to bury my mom or dad again. I have done so once. Leave them alone.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Sep 11, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    I have a simple solution. Near Halloween each year, people take to the streets of Lexington to re-create the Michael Jackson video "Thriller." I say we move it to this cemetary, the dead will awaken and follow the lead character to wherever he goes and this way, we don't have to dig up anything! Yes, this post is meant to be humorous and show you how silly this proposal is. Show some respect for the deceased and leave the graves exactly where they are.
  • by Mary Richards Location: Georgetown on Sep 11, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    Why can't the State Transportation Cabinet use the other side of the road instead of desecrating the cemetery? Isn't it just an empty field? Also, when widening Newtown Pike between 64 and Iron Works Pike, they took into consideration a small cemetery and that grave site was not desecrated. What is the difference now? Can someone at WKYT look into this?
  • by vernon Location: lexington on Sep 11, 2007 at 07:45 AM
    keep the graves there and build the road some place else.
  • by LuAnn Location: Georgetown on Sep 11, 2007 at 07:00 AM
    I agree with David in Georgetown. I travel this road daily and the accidents that constantly occur, not to mention that this is the main road for the EMS from Scott Co. into Fayette Co., have made this stretch of road unsafe. I don't know how many times I've seen an ambulance have to wait for traffic to clear because there is just NO WHERE to go when they have to go into Fayette County. Something has got to be done. Adding a curve right there would just be worse. Put a curve in and the cemetery will have more customers.
  • by former resident Location: of georgetown on Sep 11, 2007 at 06:16 AM
    Thank you for explaining things David. I appreciate the fact that you can explain without being negative or having an attitude. Having said that, I would rather them use my tax dollars to pay fair market value for the homes on the right side of the road than move dead bodies around in the cemetary.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 11, 2007 at 06:05 AM
    Do you honestly think the people being moved are really going to care? I don't mean to sound crass, but I agree wholeheartedly with David from Georgetown. Don't you think moving a few graves is better than digging a bunch of new ones?
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Sep 11, 2007 at 04:55 AM
    Next thing they will do is take a cemetary so they can build a Walmart. Eminent domain!!
  • by David Location: Georgetown on Sep 10, 2007 at 10:37 PM
    This is one of the most dangerous stretches of roadway in the state. I travel past this at least 4 times daily and cannot count the number of accidents that I have seen in that area, including at least 3 fatalities in the past year alone. It is not as simple as "just adding another curve", it is for the safety of the travellers so the cemetery does not fill up as quickly. Moving the highway to the right will displace about a half dozen homes, one of the two must go.
  • by shanna Location: bell on Sep 10, 2007 at 04:34 PM
    Rest In Peace doesn't mean anything for people anymore when they want to spend tax payers money on dumb stuff. Leave the dead alone how would they feel if they dug them up when they died? It is disgarceful and should not be allowed.
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