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Published: Wednesday, 4/6/2011

Ohio 'Touchdown Jesus' destroyed by lightning to be replaced with giant, full-standing statue

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Ron Carter, church administrator for Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, displays the model of the new statue "Come Unto Me" that will replace the former "King of Kings" statue, which was struck by lightning and burned. Ron Carter, church administrator for Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, displays the model of the new statue "Come Unto Me" that will replace the former "King of Kings" statue, which was struck by lightning and burned.
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MONROE, Ohio — A giant statue of a full-standing Jesus with arms outstretched will replace a mammoth, partial depiction destroyed by lightning outside an Ohio church.

Administrator Ron Carter at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe showed a model of the new, 51-foot statue to the Middletown Journal on Tuesday. Carter says construction will be completed by the end of the year at the site overlooking Interstate 75 where the original had been one of southwest Ohio's most familiar landmarks.

That statue showed Jesus from the chest up and had been nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised outward, like a referee's. It burned down following a lightning strike last June 14.

Co-designer Tom Tsuchiya (su-CHEE'-yah) says work on the replacement will begin in May or June.
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Information from: Middletown Journal



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