- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Private and public financing has been obtained to repair the clock in the tower that dominates the DeSoto County Courthouse grounds in downtown Hernando.

County Supervisor Bill Russell of Walls told The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1kHxzmP) the hands on the tower’s four clock faces have been stuck for months since a lightning strike,.

County Administrator Vanessa Lynchard says the estimated $6,500 repair cost is coming from corporate donations and public funding.

She said a $3,000 donation came from Trezevant Enterprises and Starlanding Rubbish Pit donated $1,000.

On the public side, DeSoto Circuit Clerk and Registrar Dale Thompson is reduced her budget to make $1,000 available and County Judge Allen Couch did the same. The Board of Supervisors approved the final financing - $500 - at a meeting last week.

“I’m just thrilled that we’re going to get our clock going again soon,” said Russell. “I’m just sorry it’s taken so long.”

The $6,500 estimate was obtained by county facilities manager Tony Martin from Whites Clock and Carillon Service.

Supervisor Harry Lee of Hernando said if more money is raised after the clock is fixed, it will be set aside for upkeep on the clock tower.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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