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Something missing: Courthouse employee Hayley Rippel waves from the gap left by the clock removal.

Something is missing at the Benton County Courthouse: The clock.

Workers from Smith's Bell and Clock Service of Mooresville, Ind., used a crane to access the clock and bell tower this morning, and removed the clock mechanism, piece-by-piece.

The project, funded by private donations and a State of Iowa historical preservation grant, is expected to be completed before the end of the year, perhaps as soon as Thanksgiving.

See an earlier story about the project history HERE.

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