Cemetery Controversy in Big Spring

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Mount Olive Cemetery is divided into 5 sections, one of which is owned by the County. 

Those plots are designated for indigent care. The space and a casket are provided for the deceased if the family can't afford the burial expenses. 

In this section, we did find several veteran tombstones. 

Some residents say the veterans' plots should be a priority.

"When we came across these and the tombstones are half buried and it's our servicemen, and they're oversees fighting for our freedom, it's not right," Tammy Rogers, Big Spring Resident, said. "We need to step up and take care of them, because they took care of us."

"This section of the cemetery is not under our permanent care," Todd Darden, Director of Operations for the City of Big Spring, said. "Although the city does everything it can to maintain the property, it's not owned by the city of Big Spring."

They say it's the individual family's responsibility to take care of the headstones and maintenance.

The caretakers water and mow the indigent care sections even though they don't have to. 

The director also told us that if anyone feels as though a plot needs maintenance they should contact the city and they'll help address the issue, even if it's not in one of the city's sections. 

The city says they aim to treat veteran's gravesites with the upmost respect.