WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A bell that rang in 1863 to herald the news of West Virginia achieving statehood will ring again to mark the state's 150th anniversary.
The bell hangs inside the 165-year-old Second Presbyterian Church in Wheeling.
For the building's owner, the Near Earth Object Foundation, the ringing of the bell on Thursday will both celebrate the past and mark a new beginning for the old church.
The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/1aofJxZ ) reports that the foundation is preparing to repair the building's roof. A large section of the roof collapse in 2011.
The foundation's long-term goal is to create a space for stargazing, watching a play and other education al activities.