MALAKOFF — I saw TVCC President Dr. Jerry King while I was at the Cardinal football scrimmage in Malakoff Thursday night and took the opportunity to ask him about the college’s new clock tower.
“It’s going to be a landmark,” said Dr. King. “It is going to be one of the tallest places on the campus.”
The 47-foot Ethel May & Frank Johns Tower will be built in the Bob McDonald Plaza. Dr. King said it could be completed by the beginning of October.
“When they built the Baugh Building – the three story building – I was involved in that because I was one moving over there to it and at that time we talked about putting something out there and we talked about a clock tower,” Dr. King said. “We didn’t have the funding to do it back then.”
Mr. Johns donated $350,000 for the project in memory of his late wife.
The tower will include four ornamental bell shells and an electronic carillon system providing the ability to program a variety of different chimes, tolling bells and hour strike tones. The clock tower will have four-sided illuminated dials, allowing the time to be visible from all sides.
“It will be something we can be proud of,” said Dr. King.
I am sure the college will have a big event when the clock tower gets turned on. I will keep you posted.