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By DAVE McMILLION | January 13, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- A former Washington County Commissioner on Monday night proposed renovating an old clock tower in town, saying it could spark an interest in redeveloping the town. Ron Bowers, speaking to Williamsport Town Council members, said The Order of the Knights of Pythias in 1908 donated the clock tower on North Conococheague Street for a town clock. The Order of the Knights of Pythias is an international, nonsectarian fraternal order, established in 1864 in Washington, D.C. Bowers noted that the 9,200-square-foot building needs new windows and said that perhaps a window- manufacturing company could be convinced to donate some.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | January 11, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Greencastle town clock has kept time in the borough since 1872 but the tower housing it above First National Bank of Greencastle has some in the borough worried that if not repaired soon, its time might be up. The borough of Greencastle has set aside $75,000 in 2009 to repair the peeling lead paint and the weakening balusters, or railing, of the tower. Borough Manager Ken Womack said the clock tower was last repaired in 1990 by architects Cushwa and Stouffer LLC. of Hagerstown, but Mayor Robert Eberly said time has weakened the tower and peeled off more paint.
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December 1, 2000
Shepherd College clock tower awaits repairs By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A clock tower on the campus of Shepherd College is decaying, and college officials have closed the historic building and cordoned off the grounds outside to protect people from injury in case it falls. A spokeswoman for the college said she is not sure how the damaged area on McMurran Hall was detected, but college employees were moved out of the building last week.
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August 4, 1998
Work to strip and paint the clock tower atop Hagerstown's City Hall is expected to begin this month, city officials said. City Engineer Bruce Johnston said the tower is deteriorating rapidly. The peeling paint looks bad from the street level and even worse up close, he said. "We feel a responsibility to maintain that," Johnston said. The city, which sends maintenance violations to other property owners, must keep its own house in order, he said. The $87,000 contract approved by City Council members on July 28 came in $56,000 over budget, according to contract information.
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BY DAVE McMILLION | March 14, 2002
Hedgesville, W.Va. - Touches of Victorian architecture grace the towering creation of Hedgesville's Lee Badger. Strands of steel curve and bend, creating lattice-like structures, flowers and other designs. "It's a big piece of jewelry, in a way," said Badger. Except no one will be picking up this piece of jewelry. The tower that was designed to hold a four-face clock reaches 20 feet into the air. With parts like a 400-pound bell in the center, it weighs in at 2 tons.
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by Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer | August 9, 2006
The remains of the Morgan County Courthouse are seen Tuesday after the main building at the corner of Fairfax and Washington streets in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was destroyed by fire. The cause of the blaze was undetermined. The badly damaged clock tower bell and cupola were removed by crane for safety reasons Tuesday afternoon. The clock tower will be reinforced to keep it from falling and will be taken down, according to Morgan County Commission President Glen Stotler. Other buildings in the courthouse complex had smoke and water damage.
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By TRISH RUDDER | September 2, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A familiar sight returned Wednesday to Berkeley Springs to a round of applause. A new 26-foot-high cupola was placed on the half-built Morgan County Courthouse, making the new structure start to resemble the old one. More than 200 people waited patiently around the construction site, across Fairfax Street and in Berkeley Springs State Park from about 11:30 a.m. until the cupola was hoisted into place by a crane...
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By DON AINES | June 21, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The courtroom of Franklin County's old courthouse is scheduled to be closed for more than a month this summer so it can be repaired and remodeled. The Franklin County Commissioners last Tuesday received two bids on the work, which includes new paint, carpeting and structural repairs, according to county Administrative Assistant Brian Kelly. He said the old courtroom is scheduled to be closed from July 20 to Sept. 1. Eagle Construction Co. of Greencastle, Pa., was the low bidder at $81,170.
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By DON AINES | March 16, 1998
Tower, steps part of courthouse facelift CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The old Franklin County Courthouse will get an extensive facelift, including repairs to the clock tower, front steps and main courtroom, in the next few months. "It's not going to fall down tomorrow," Brian Kelly, an administrative assistant in the County Commissioners' Office, said of the clock tower. He said, however, that "It's started to move a little bit. " The commissioners last Thursday awarded a $44,600 contract to R.A. Hill Inc. of Chambersburg for repairs to the tower.
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By TRISH RUDDER | September 2, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A familiar sight returned Wednesday to Berkeley Springs to a round of applause. A new 26-foot-high cupola was placed on the half-built Morgan County Courthouse, making the new structure start to resemble the old one. More than 200 people waited patiently around the construction site, across Fairfax Street and in Berkeley Springs State Park from about 11:30 a.m. until the cupola was hoisted into place by a crane...
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March 12, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The question of who owns the clock tower at the First National Bank in Greencastle has been answered in writing. Greencastle Borough Manager Ken Womack said a letter was sent to the bank stating the borough as owner of the tower. Ownership of the tower has plagued the borough since it began preparing to repair it. Womack said he was told that the citizens purchased the tower in the late 19th century. Finding a document to back up that information was difficult and Womack said he could not find any official record of purchase or transfer.
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By DAVE McMILLION | January 13, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- A former Washington County Commissioner on Monday night proposed renovating an old clock tower in town, saying it could spark an interest in redeveloping the town. Ron Bowers, speaking to Williamsport Town Council members, said The Order of the Knights of Pythias in 1908 donated the clock tower on North Conococheague Street for a town clock. The Order of the Knights of Pythias is an international, nonsectarian fraternal order, established in 1864 in Washington, D.C. Bowers noted that the 9,200-square-foot building needs new windows and said that perhaps a window- manufacturing company could be convinced to donate some.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | January 11, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Greencastle town clock has kept time in the borough since 1872 but the tower housing it above First National Bank of Greencastle has some in the borough worried that if not repaired soon, its time might be up. The borough of Greencastle has set aside $75,000 in 2009 to repair the peeling lead paint and the weakening balusters, or railing, of the tower. Borough Manager Ken Womack said the clock tower was last repaired in 1990 by architects Cushwa and Stouffer LLC. of Hagerstown, but Mayor Robert Eberly said time has weakened the tower and peeled off more paint.
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by TIM ROWLAND | August 13, 2006
Thirty-two years ago this month the phone rang in our Morgan County, W.Va., home at 4 in the morning. A panicked voice asked if we were the South Morgan Fire Co. We said, "No, we ar... " and the line went dead. On this incomplete intelligence we knew something was up, but it wasn't until the next morning when we saw, on our way home from church, the magnitude of the situation. What the day before had been the grand old Hotel Washington on town square lay in a smolder of toppled brick and charred timber.
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by Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer | August 9, 2006
The remains of the Morgan County Courthouse are seen Tuesday after the main building at the corner of Fairfax and Washington streets in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was destroyed by fire. The cause of the blaze was undetermined. The badly damaged clock tower bell and cupola were removed by crane for safety reasons Tuesday afternoon. The clock tower will be reinforced to keep it from falling and will be taken down, according to Morgan County Commission President Glen Stotler. Other buildings in the courthouse complex had smoke and water damage.
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BY DAVE McMILLION | March 14, 2002
Hedgesville, W.Va. - Touches of Victorian architecture grace the towering creation of Hedgesville's Lee Badger. Strands of steel curve and bend, creating lattice-like structures, flowers and other designs. "It's a big piece of jewelry, in a way," said Badger. Except no one will be picking up this piece of jewelry. The tower that was designed to hold a four-face clock reaches 20 feet into the air. With parts like a 400-pound bell in the center, it weighs in at 2 tons.
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December 1, 2000
Shepherd College clock tower awaits repairs By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A clock tower on the campus of Shepherd College is decaying, and college officials have closed the historic building and cordoned off the grounds outside to protect people from injury in case it falls. A spokeswoman for the college said she is not sure how the damaged area on McMurran Hall was detected, but college employees were moved out of the building last week.
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August 27, 2000
W.Va. parish school dedicated By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Several hundred people gathered Sunday to dedicate the new St. Joseph Parish School, praying as Father John Di Bacco did that it will become "a center of seeking, learning and teaching. " About 395 students from kindergarten to eighth grade will spill into the spacious 40,000-square-foot building on the southeast corner of Stephen and King Streets beginning Sept. 5 It its last life, the building was part of the now-abandoned Blue Ridge Outlet Center.
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