CEMETERY OFFICE   Renovation and repair work on the office at Dawson County Cemetery has been completed with the installation of a new roof, new flooring and ceiling materials, as well as interior paint, all done by Chris Moreno and his company, Copper Shield Group. The building formerly was part of Lamesa Memorial Park, which all assets were ordered by District Court Judge Carter T. Schild-knecht to be turned over to Dawson County in January and the previous owners’ state charter to operate the privately-owned cemetery was terminated. Now referred to as the “new section” of Dawson County Cemetery, that portion of the cemetery adjoins the already existing county cemetery located to the west of the new section.   (Herrel Hallmark/Press-Reporter)
CEMETERY OFFICE Renovation and repair work on the office at Dawson County Cemetery has been completed with the installation of a new roof, new flooring and ceiling materials, as well as interior paint, all done by Chris Moreno and his company, Copper Shield Group. The building formerly was part of Lamesa Memorial Park, which all assets were ordered by District Court Judge Carter T. Schild-knecht to be turned over to Dawson County in January and the previous owners’ state charter to operate the privately-owned cemetery was terminated. Now referred to as the “new section” of Dawson County Cemetery, that portion of the cemetery adjoins the already existing county cemetery located to the west of the new section. (Herrel Hallmark/Press-Reporter)

    Barely two months into ownership by the county, a lot of improvements already have been made to the new section of Dawson County Cemetery.
    “We’ve done a lot of work in a short amount of time,” Terri Stahl, full-time administrator at the cemetery reported to the Dawson County Commissioners Court this past week.
    “Just last week we had three people who would come out to the cemetery and walk. Now we have 20 people walking in the cemetery on a regular basis,” Stahl said. “I take that as a compliment that they are pleased with what they see.”
    Stahl said she has been surprised by how many people go out to the cemetery on a daily basis.
    Stahl commended Joe Sauseda, county employee who oversees the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery, and his crew for their work on the appearance of the cemetery.
    “They mow and weed eat every day ... they never get through mowing and weed eating,” Stahl said.
    With the absorption of the new section in January, the size of Dawson County Cemetery almost was doubled, County Judge Foy O’Brien has said.
    As a result, the county went from employing two part-time seasonal workers to help Sauseda at the original county cemetery to two full-time employees and two part-time seasonal workers for the upkeep of both the new and old sections.
    That new section of the cemetery included a total of 60 acres of property, but only about 15 acres actually are in use as a cemetery.

 

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