- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

MORTON, Ill. (AP) - A bell from the original Morton Village Hall is returning to the central Illinois community.

The Pekin Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/2guDYTR ) the bell was in a cupola of the Village Hall that was constructed in 1885. After the building was demolished in 1935 the bell was sold at auction.

The person who bought it later gave it to Morton Community Bank president Jean Ann Honegger. She donated it to the village in 2012.

Now it will move to a 14-foot bell tower in the footprint of the original building, just west of North Main Street.

Morton Public Works Director Craig Loudermilk says that may not happen until spring.

The bell was once known as the “town crier” because it was used to alert residents of fires and other danger.

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