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EUREKA - Work to repair and possibly upgrade the Woodford County Courthouse bell and clock tower has officially begun with the submission of a down payment of $12,000 to Verdin Clock Company for repairs on the bell infrastructure.

“This will begin work toward the production of a cradle for the bell,” Sheriff Matt Smith said. "We are now moving forward with the (bell tower) project."

He added the payment will put into motion major work to repair the bell tower. The tower’s one-ton bell is housed in a cradle of rotten wooden beams  and held in place by a rusting head bolt. While the tower has been braced, it was in need of more permanent repairs that have been neglected over the years. Fixing the bell tower is now considered an important safety project and payment to fix it will come out of county coffers. Money was freed up in the budget when another source of likely revenue to deal with asbestos removal in Annex 3 was recently received.

See article on Feb. 14 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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