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Cache church will ring its bell Sunday

CACHE  Local residents have missed a familiar sound the last year: the bell ringing from Cache Christian Church.

Around this time last year, the church discovered a leak in its bell tower, which caused the wooden structure to rot and was on the verge of collapsing. The church, at 5th Street and Elm Avenue in Cache, had to quit ringing its bell in order to keep the steeple from toppling over. It began reconstruction of the steeple in August and finished Oct. 8  just in time for the church's 110th birthday celebration, which started with a revival Oct. 14 and will conclude with a rededication of the bell Sunday.

"Everybody commented about not hearing it and how it was one of those things they really enjoyed hearing," said John Webb, pastor. "In Cache, we're the only ones that have a bell. It's like an old-fashioned thing, a town that has bells that chime  it has that feel. It was something missing."

The bell has a production date of February 1906 on it, and Webb said the church began construction of the building in October of 1906. The church and the bell have a rich history with Cache, and Webb believes it was a good time to rededicate the bell with the church's birthday and revival. The bell won't officially ring until 11 a.m. Sunday.

"Everybody has been talking about the ringing of the bell," Webb said. "It's been a big buzz these past couple of months. We can't wait to get it going again."

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