A real bell-ringer
No need to wonder for whom the courthouse bell tolls. As of now, it tolls for no one.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, the clock chime seemingly performed its swan song when it rang continuously for 20 minutes before falling silent.
County clerk Tina Spencer was working in her office at the time.
“There was really no way to stop it,” Spencer said.
She called an employee who winds the clock weekly, and he inspected the clock Monday.
“The part of the mechanism that controls the chiming broke over the weekend,” Spencer said. “The clock should still keep time, but the chime will be silent until we can get someone out to make repairs.”
The last time the 110-year-old clock needed repairs was in 2013, when Regulator Time Co. of Manhattan repaired the clock’s hands and dials, and replaced its faces and rotted wood surrounding them for $29,683.