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Nestor, Commission provide cemetery funding

Submitted photo Delegate William ‘Ty’ Nestor, representing the State Legislature, presented a $3,000 check to the Maplewood Cemetery and its trustees Tuesday afternoon at the James E. Cain Courthouse Annex. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, Randolph County Commissioners David Kesling, Chris See and Mark Scott, Nestor, and trustees Mark Tomblyn, T.R. Eidell and Mark Talbott.

ELKINS — A local delegate teamed up with the Randolph County Commission Tuesday to provide funding to help maintain a local cemetery.

Delegate William “Ty” Nestor, R-43rd District, chose to award a $3,000 state Local Economic Development Assistance Grant to Maplewood Cemetery to help with repairs, improvements and upkeep of the historic burial ground.

“Delegate Nestor chose the Maplewood Cemetery as the project that needed help in the community,” Randolph County Commission President Mark Scott told The Inter-Mountain Tuesday. “The county commission served as the pass-through for that money and we were happy to present a $3,000 check from Ty Nestor to the trustees of the cemetery.”

Accepting the check from the county commission and Nestor at the James E. Cain Courthouse Annex on Tuesday were Maplewood Cemetery Trustees Mark Tomblyn, T.R. Eidell and Mark Talbott.

“The $3,000 is to be used for the maintenance of the cemetery, which I think is outstanding,” Scott said. “Since the trustees have taken the cemetery over it has improved drastically. So to have the opportunity to give them funds that they need to keep things taken care of up there is pretty exciting. I’m happy for the community and happy that Ty is doing that for them.”

The cemetery, which features around 88 acres, is located along U.S. 219 just north of Elkins in the Leadsville area near Highland Park. It is the historic graveyard and final resting place of the city’s founders, Stephen B. Elkins and Henry Gassaway Davis.

“The city’s fathers are up in that cemetery and for a while there it was very difficult to keep it maintained because of the owner being sick,” Scott said. “But when the court awarded the trustees the ability to take care of that cemetery, it has improved a great deal. I’m just glad we were able to help them in any way we can, and in this situation we served as a pass-through for the state to get the funds to them.”

Nestor, who was elected to his first term in October 2020, is the first Republican elected to serve the vast majority of Randolph County as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates in approximately 112 years.

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