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New Concord Annexes Cemetery and Hires Police Officers

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New Concord Village Council approved the annexation of the New Concord Cemetery into town limits and control and approved a resolution allowing two new New Concord Police Department officers to be hired during the July New Concord Village Council Meeting.

Council members approved the annexation, which is Ordinance G-7-17-1, in the June Council meeting and the annexation became final July 10.  According to New Concord Village Administrator Charlotte Colley, the plan for New Concord to take over the cemetery started a couple years ago, after the board of the cemetery determined they wanted to dissolve.

The New Concord Cemetery was in both New Concord and Union Township jurisdictions, but with the ordinance, New Concord is fully responsible for the cemetery. The village will continue using contractors already in place to keep up maintenance as well as to dig new plots.

The search for two new NCPD officers is also complete. Rich Sealock started the week of July 10 and Hayden Walpole is starting in August. Both were hired by interim New Concord Police Chief Jeff Dawson and will be present at the next Village Council meeting in August.

The search for a new police chief is currently underway. The village had seven candidates apply and brought four to New Concord for interviews. The decision is currently being made whether to select one applicant, narrow the search down to two, or start the search over with a new pool of applicants.

Group Creates Friendship Garden in New Concord

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A group of 10-12 residents of the New Concord area have come together to create a community garden behind College Drive Presbyterian Church.

Heather Coen, Friendship Garden Coordinator, saw a Facebook post earlier this year of a Zanesville-based community garden and contacted the group with interest of creating one in New Concord.

The space that Friendship Garden is located was given to the group by Muskingum University and is being used for free. The garden has raised beds still available and free to New Concord residents while some of the produce will go the College Drive Food Pantry.

“Our intent is for anybody to come into the garden, put in a few hours and then take home some of the produce themselves. Our whole goal is to raise fresh produce for the food pantry,” said Coen.

Friendship Garden has been funded by village residents, a GoFundMe page, the College Drive Presbyterian Church, and the district for the United Methodist Church. Orme-West Do it Best Hardware donated tools and plants and McDonald’s and McDaniel’s Greenhouses donated plants.

“Everyone around town has chipped in a little,” said Coen.

The garden was built May 27 with around 40 to 50 people from the village and they are looking to build a shed to collect rain water.

For more information about Friendship Garden visit their Facebook page or email Coen at heathercoen@yahoo.com.