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News in Brief – 12/14/09

Ashland, Ky. light display vandalized

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Vandals in Ashland have caused thousands of dollars in damage to four light displays at Central Park.

The Daily Independent reports that park workers found the damage Saturday morning at the Winter Wonderland of Lights display in Central Park.

The chairman of the display, Marion Russell, says the vandalism caused an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 in damage. The Winter Wonderland of Lights is paid in part by donations from businesses and individuals.

Ashland Police Maj. Todd Kelley says the department had already stepped up patrols in the area.

Community comes together to put on live Nativity

PROCTORVILLE — Members of the Finley United Methodist Church in Proctorville will present a live Nativity on Dec. 22 and 23, beginning at 7 p.m. “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”, an outdoor dramatic performance will take place in the downtown area of the Village of Proctorville at the corner of State and Thomas Streets.

The Rome Ministerial Choir will join the characters singing traditional Christmas Carols and songs from their Christmas Cantata.

Marsha Imhoff is the coordinator of the live Nativity, assisted by members of the community. The setting is Bethlehem of Judea over 2,000 years ago. A cast of more than 50 men, women and children will perform.

Donkeys, llamas, goats, chickens, horses and cows will be part of cast. Angels, live instrumental performances and a custom built stable will be the highlights.

The church first performed this nativity in 1998. Since that time, the church has performed it every other year, only once in the village.

The public is invited to this free family event. Hot chocolate and refreshments will be served by members of the Teresa Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star Lodge.

For more information, call Marsha Imhoff at (740) 886-1061.

Firefighters banned from fire hall late at night

RACELAND, Ky. (AP) — Volunteer firefighters in the eastern Kentucky city of Raceland are blazing angry about a curfew at their fire hall.

The Independent in Ashland reported a number of fire brigade members came to a Tuesday night City Council meeting in Raceland, but council members took no action to lift the curfew they imposed a week ago.

The curfew prohibits anyone from being at the fire station after 11 p.m.

Councilman Tom Cumpton said council members were concerned there was “too much loafing” going on late at night and there were reports young people hung out there well beyond when they should be in bed.

Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Burks said the curfew hurts the department’s morale.

Lt. Chris Wages said it interferes with equipment maintenance.