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Jefferson County To Take Over Maintenance Of Bower Cemetery

By Reagan ConnellyOn Tuesday, May 24, the Jefferson County Commissioners made the decision to begin the process of declaring Bower Cemetery as abandoned. Once the cemetery is officially declared abandoned, the responsibility for maintenance will fall to the county.Mary Heidemann brought the issue of the neglected cemetery to the attention of the commissioners.Heidemann’s husband, Philip Heidemann, previously maintained the upkeep of the cemetery until he was in an accident in May 2021 which resulted in an injury preventing him from continuing the maintenance work.

Heidemann said most people buried in the Bower Cemetery were born in the 18...

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