The first element of Muskingum County’s bicentennial bell is complete. Hundreds of people came to the ceremony at the Zanesville courthouse, waving American flags and taking pictures. Organizers said a bell was chosen for each county because bells leave a legacy and will be around for many years to come. Tonight began the two day process of creating the bronze bell from scratch. “Right now we are going to have fifty kids from the county pass pieces of bronze into the furnace so that they can be part of history,” said Leslie Walker, Ohio Bicentennial Communications Program Officer. The furnace will next be heated to twenty-two hundred degrees. Then at eight o’clock tonight, the bronze will be poured into a mold at the Zanesville courthouse.