West Liberty continues to rebuild with clock tower

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

WEST LIBERTY, Ky (WYMT) - If only this town could turn back time.

A city heavily damaged by the March 2nd tornado outbreak in 2012 received a little piece of history back Wednesday.

A simple clock tower will now stand as a constant reminder that time can heal all wounds.

The clock tower, which was placed on top of the old court house building, is newest addition to this town as it works to rebuild following the devastation.

Local business owner Sherry Granger said this helps remind residents it is finally time to move forward and recover.

"I want it to be done. The tornado just needs to be done, just gone. It is done and now we are just rebuilding," said Granger.

She said watching the clock tower go up across the street from her store Red Rooster Antiques marks a return to normalcy in town.

"It is exciting. I am looking forward to the banks coming back and rebuilding. I am looking forward to the dust and the mess and the noise. Yeah, it is a good thing," said Granger.

The town is slowly coming back with construction underway and even new businesses opening up.

One of those new businesses is a flower shop owned by Julie Lane.

She said she decided to open up downtown after the storm because she knew the town would return stronger than ever.

"The town really did not have a lot going on on Main Street at that time. So we decided to open one here and take the risk and it has been a really, really good idea so far," said Lane.

Lane said watching the town build back up is beautiful.

"Lots of towns have clock towers in the center of their town and it is really exciting to get to see that go up. I just was looking at some pictures yesterday of the court house and the old clock tower and just to see that go up and just to know how much progress this town has made in such a short amount of time," said Lane.

From new residents to life-long ones, like Lynn Nickell, everyone seems to agree that this clock truly represents the steps this town has made forward.

"I have said this before 'West Liberty will never be the same' but really it is becoming the same again as we are building back because we get buildings like this restored and it is like it was in my childhood," said Nickell.

Granger said she hopes more businesses will return to Main Street soon.

The court house where that clock tower was placed is still about a month away from re-opening.

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