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Cabell to seek state grant to repair bell tower

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Cabell County Commission plans to seek a state grant to help pay for repairing the county courthouse's bell tower.Cabell County Manager Chris Tatum says the bell tower's wooden beams are deteriorating. The tower is supported by a combination of wooden and steel beams.The Herald-Dispatch reports that Tatum's comments came during a County Commission meeting last week. The commission voted to apply for a $100,000 grant from the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority.
The bell tower was part of the original courthouse, which was constructed from 1897 to 1901.A 1997 restoration of the courthouse dome didn't include the housing of the bell. 
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