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11/2/2017 6:37:00 AM
Thanks, Roby!
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Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Lincolnton City Councilman Roby Jetton remembered the old clock that once hung on the corner of East Main Street and the Courtsquare.  The old clock hung on the First National Bank building.  Years later, a digital time and temperature display was there. Back in the day, the historic clock, which displayed the bank's name on two sides and the message "It's later than you think" on the other two, chimed on the hour.

Jetton set about finding the clock and when it was found trying to raise the money to have it restored.  He originally wanted to put it back on the same corner--on what is now the Lincoln County Tax Office and Register of Deeds office--but it didn't fit with the new exterior of the building.

A sizable contribution from the Lincolnton Professional Firefighters Association, a fund-raising account set up at First Federal Savings Bank, a fund-raiser event at Walmart, and finally the decision of the City Council to complete the funding necessary were all a part of the effort.

Jetton's pet project took long planning and had to overcome several obstacles.  Former City Councilman Devin Rhyne helped Jetton find the help he needed to get the location on the Courtsquare prepared for the clock.  The interior workings had to be replaced.  Instead of chiming on the hour, thanks to modern digital technology, the clock will now play music which can be programmed for the season.  At Christmas this year, it will likely be turning out carols.  

The clock was finally put in its new home on Tuesday (Oct. 31st) but the time has yet to be set (both hands were still on 12 yesterday).  There's still a little work to be done before the project can be called complete--but those who are interested in seeing Lincolnton history preserved can now say thank you to Councilman Jetton.  

At the bottom of this article, we've placed links to some of the articles the Lincoln Herald published during the campaign to restore the old clock.  

It's almost done.  Thanks, Roby!

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