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Town sells site with 26-foot-tall cross

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Updated: November 8, 2012 11:37PM



DUGGER (AP) — Leaders of a southwestern Indiana town say they’re glad to have sold the site of a 26-foot-tall cross to the family that built it.

Dugger Town Council members decided to sell the one-fifth of an acre of town property after Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State complained in July that the town was unlawfully endorsing Christianity.

The Sullivan Daily Times reports Louie and Sherry Bonham were the only bidders for the property Monday night, submitting the appraised value of $1,450 for the plot at a town entrance.

Louie Bonham says that donations will go toward maintaining the cross built in 2010 and giving assistance to needy children.

Town Council President Dwight Nielson says he had hoped the buyer would keep the cross in place.



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