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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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