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Simon Hometown Plans Water Tower Tribute

SIU photo of the late Sen. Paul Simon


Makanda, Ill. – The small southern Illinois town where Paul Simon lived is using its water tower to honor the late U.S. Senator.

A smiley face water tower near Makanda will soon also sport the clothing Simon was best known for, a bow-tie.

Simon died last year after heart surgery.

The tower's face lift will happen through a sandblasting and repainting project. The Buncombe Public Water District voted to add the bow tie in honor of Simon.

Simon's daughter, Sheila, says her family's delighted with the tribute. She says her children especially like the idea.

A water district spokeswoman says the painting should be completed by the end of next week.

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