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How many burial plots remain in Beaumont?
Donald Taft, co-owner of Mercy Funeral Home and Community Cemeteries, has asked the city of Beaumont for a permit to expand Greenlawn Cemetery. It's a tidy North End property on Gill Street along Magnolia with burial vaults that are partially aboveground. Taft wants to expand the area available for burials on the property because that's the only way that a cemetery within a city limit in Texas ... Published: 7/31/2014

Bill Passes, transfers ownership of cemeteries from feds to locals
It's not too often that a cemetery is chosen as a site for a celebration, but on Saturday it served as the perfect venue. Published: 7/27/2014

5 years after Burr Oak scandal, hope and challenges
Five years after workers were accused of digging up bodies in a scheme to resell burial plots, Burr Oak Cemetery is trying to reassume its place in preserving Chicago's African-American history. But it and other black-owned cemeteries are facing an uncertain future. Published: 7/7/2014

Phila City Council addresses cemetery issues
The city is running out of available cemetery space, and City Councilman Darrin Lautenschleger is hoping that the City Cemetery Board can assist in searching for a solution. Published: 7/29/2014

Cemetery commission to pursue legal action against Calvary
The N.C. Cemetery Commission, which regulates perpetual care cemeteries, is pursuing legal action Published: 7/21/2014

In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by
A relative guides a girl in prayer at the grave of their loved one in a cemetery in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Published: 7/28/2014

Pioneer Cemetery
Iowa Code 523I.102 — “Pioneer cemetery” means a cemetery where there were twelve or fewer burials in the preceding fifty years. With hundreds of tiny pioneer cemeteries in Iowa, the prospect of writing a column about them seemed daunting. Then I discovered an unusual old burial ground. The Pioneer Cemetery (formerly the Parker Cemetery), one of the oldest burial sites in Eastern Iowa, is several ... Published: 7/20/2014

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