HALLETTSVILLE — This spring, James Steffek was having a cup of coffee at a local bakery when he ran into County Judge Mark Myers, who mentioned that the clock tower in the county’s 122-year-old courthouse was not working properly.

County officials had been working to restore the old clock tower, which had been out of commission for about four years, in time for the county’s 175th anniversary celebration in early April, but the industrial motor they’d installed was not up to the job.

Local historian Doug Kubicek shows how a new motor will power the gears that operate the clocks in Lavaca County's clock tower.

James Steffek rings the bill in the Lavaca County courthouse clock tower.

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