A Montgomery County organization is moving forward with a plan to rebuild a clocktower that sat on top of the county courthouse prior to World War II. The Montgomery County Clocktower Committee says it is ready to hire a contractor to complete the project, but is still shy of its fundraising goal.

Committee leader Sandra Lofland-Brown says the organization is 60 percent of the way to its fundraising goal, adding it needs the remaining donations by the end of the month. The group is hoping to raise a total of more than $760,000.

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton says restoring the clocktower will send "a clear message that we take great pride in our community." He says the effort is one of "several exciting changes" coming over the next few years to improve downtown Crawfordsville.

The effort was originally organized by Dr. Marion Kirtley, a former physician, county commissioner and state senator. Kirtley passed away fore the project could come to fruition, but Lofland-Brown says she "promised him I would see this through to completion."

The organization says donations can be sent to:

Montgomery County Historical Society 
Clock Tower Fund 
1449 West US 136
Crawfordsville, IN 47933