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Cemeteries in limbo; Change in state law yet to yield new owner for abandoned business

Oct 03, 2019 - The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
Board and Executive Moves

It has been six years since Dave Robertson began tending to the 37-acre lawn of Floral Hills Memory Gardens near Chillicothe.

When his mother died in 2013, the cemetery's grass was already taller than the American flags marking veterans' graves, and the property didn't even have trash cans. By that time, the Ross County cemetery along Route 23 had been abandoned by its out-of-state owners for about five years.

The privately owned, for-profit Floral Hills cemeteries -- one in Ross Cou...