McLennan County Judge Scott Felton is looking for ideas.

Particularly, where to house two historical clocks and the original Themis statue that once crowed the downtown courthouse.

The Tribune-Herald has published multiple stories about the 116-year-old Greek goddess of divine law and her duplicate which recently was placed on top of the courthouse. Another story, detailing the county clock and attached bell originally installed in the county's old courthouse in 1884 and the smaller city clock built in 1904, apparently made its way to another county. Both clocks, and the original Themis statue, are currently in storage.

A member of the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches out of Lockhart saw the stories and drove to Waco to give a presentation to county commissioners with one goal: convince the court to let the museum house the two clocks and statue.

The presentation came to an end when Felton asked the museum member if they would move their museum to Waco.

All that to say, county leaders still are seeking (realistic) ideas for how to display the historical artifacts in the community for public viewing.


Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.