Benton County Officials Hope To Repair Courthouse Clock

VINTON, Iowa (AP) — For six years, time has stopped at the Benton County Courthouse in Vinton.

Officials want to change that and are raising $50,000 needed to get the clock atop the historic courthouse ticking again. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports time has been frozen on the clock at just before 12 since sometime in 2008.

The eastern Iowa county already is planning to spend $500,000 on new windows in the courthouse, which was completed in 1906. County Supervisor Terry Hertle says if the additional money can be raised, officials will fix the clock, too.

Hertle hopes grants can pay for the majority of the repairs, but if they come through, officials likely will need to restore the clock to its original condition. That means replacing an electric motor with a manual winder.
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