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Members appointed to cemetey board

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By Lisa King

The Shelby County Fiscal Court has appointed five members of the community to serve on the local Cemetery Preservation Board.

The proposal for the board was met enthusiastically by magistrates, who voted unanimously on Oct. 10 to approve a first reading. County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger appointed a committee review board, composed of magistrates Cordy Armstrong, Michael Riggs and Mike Whitehouse, to select qualified members from among the applications submitted to serve on the cemetery board. After making their recommendations to Rothenburger, the members selected were the following:

• Cheryl Harper

• Linda Clemmons

• Mark Brooks

• Uley T. Washburn Jr.

• Paula Perry Mitchell

Rothenburger said at the October meeting of the Fiscal Court that he wanted people for the board with  some type of interest in historic matters, either historic preservation, genealogy, or some related area.

The primary mission and objective of the board is to apply for funding through the Cemetery Preservation Fund established by Governor Ernie Fletcher in September 2006. At that time, 53 counties received funding, and more counties have received such funding. In order to receive money from the grant program, a county has to has a cemetery board in place.

Money from the fund would help the county fix up old, dilapidated, non-profit cemeteries.