By Shelby Clayton—
This story was updated on March 27 at 2:00 p.m.
The Confederate flags that are usually seen every April in the West End Cemetery at the corner of Washington St. and Lillian St. were flying on Friday, but today they can be found in the dumpster behind Newman Hall. The Daughters of the Confederacy place flags on the graves of veterans who fought for the South during the Civil War.
Texan News saw the flags being put out Friday morning but did not see them when they arrived to campus on Monday. An investigation led to the finding of the flags in the dumpster.
Stephenville Chief of Police Jason King was not aware that the flags were missing and said that no report has been filed at the time of this story.
Fr. Matthew Sanka was also unaware that the flags were in his trash can and said that he was not aware that they were there after a Fish Fry at Newman Hall on Friday.
“I didn’t know about it (the flags) until 30 minutes ago when the police called and told me. He asked if we wanted to open an investigation and to press charges and I said yes,” Sheran Weible, president of the Major George B. Erath 2679 Stephenville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy said.
Bush Lovvorn, Cemetery Superintendent, said that he only found out about the flags when the Chief of Police contacted him. He was looking for the flags and said that he only saw a couple in the cemetery and was looking for the rest. Texan News informed him that the rest were in the trash can behind Newman Hall. Lovvorn says that none of his workers threw the flags away.
Weible said their chapter will be at the West End Cemetery on Friday, March 30 at 10:00 a.m. to replace the flags that were thrown away.