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Stolen church bell is back up in Henry County

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Cathy Lawrence Cathy Lawrence
The bell had fallen and was then stolen. The bell had fallen and was then stolen.
A rededication of the bell is scheduled to be held. A rededication of the bell is scheduled to be held.
The bell outside of the church. The bell outside of the church.

SULPHUR, KY (WAVE) - A church in Henry County has a new bell after the previous one was stolen over a year and a half ago.

This Sunday, the service at Sulphur Christian Church is a little more special for the community. They plan on re-dedicating their new bell.
 
In March 2011, the 400 pound bronze bell, that was over 100 years old, was knocked off its mount and stolen.

"My husband and I were driving to LaGrange to go to dinner on a Friday evening," said Cathy Lawrence. "When we passed by the church, he said Cathy that bell is gone!"

The bell had been in Cathy Lawrence's family for a long time.

"My father purchased it, with the intent to one day it would be hung at the church and that never happened in his lifetime," said Lawrence. "My sister and I thought there was no better way to honor their memory than to hang the bell at the church."

Thanks to an anonymous tip, it was only missing for a few days. Kentucky State Police recovered the bell and arrested Erick Klink of Bedford.

"It had a big crack in it and it had a big wedge taken out of it," said Lawrence. "It appears that his intent was to break it down and sell it for scrap."

Lawrence says her church didn't really know what to do with the broken bell, with the support of the community they decided it should live on.

"We wanted it back up and we wanted the same bell in some manner," said Lawrence.

It was recast, the tower repainted, and now it's back up. It's not the same bell but, it is of the same metal her father purchased many years ago.

"It has none of that writing on it, it's a smooth surface," said Lawrence. "This one is brand new. I'm glad it's back. It's where it needs to be. It's a good sound a good feeling."

Eric Klink's case is still pending, he'll be back in court in February. The rededication of the bell is this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the church and is open to the public.

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