School Bell returns to Russellville High School

Russellville school officials gathered Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12, to dedicate the original school bell, donated by Ben and Dorothy Goodin and hung at the high school campus.

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Bell donors are left, Ben and Dorothy Goodin, Superintendent Jerry Hobbs and Jeff Payne, great-nephew of Herbert and Ruth Hahn, at the marquee dedication Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Russellville, Cole R-I High School.

The bell was made in the 1800's by O.S. Bell Company, Hillsboro, Ohio, and was acquired by Herbert and Ruth Hahn some time after the original school building closed in 1936. The Goodins purchased it at the Hahn estate sale.

The bell was powder coated the school color blue by Chris Russell, Extreme Body and Paint. The bell is still in working order and can be rung.

The top electronic portion of the marquee was donated by The Community Bank of Russellville, GHB Builders and Beverly Meyer.

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Beverly Meyer, left, and Superintendent Jerry Hobbs at the marquee dedication Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Russellville, Cole R-I High School. Meyer donated $5,000 towards the marquee for the school.

The large marquee welcomes students, teachers and guests to the campus.

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