1.4 million points of light for Needline
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—Jody Norwood/Tribune-Courier

The annual Christmas in the Park event once again features light displays as volunteers collect goods for Marshall County Needline.
—Jody Norwood/Tribune-Courier The annual Christmas in the Park event once again features light displays as volunteers collect goods for Marshall County Needline.
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By Jody Norwood

Tribune-Courier News Editor

jnorwood@tribunecourier.com

With about 1.4 million lights ready to be turned on along a 3-mile tour, Mike Miller Park will be lighting up the Draffenville skyline for the coming weeks.

“We’re going to be lighting up the park the Friday after Thanksgiving,” said Judge Executive Mike Miller. “I think most of our displays are up and working.”

A sneak peek of the lighting display was held last week. Displays include Hello Kitty, Lightning McQueen and Herbie. According to superintendent Larry Whitt, car riders will also be able to tune into the park’s radio system, which will be playing holiday music.

“They’ve got 80 new pieces this year that they built in spring,” said Becky Cornwell with Marshall County’s Caring Needline. “That doesn’t include the donations from Frank Nichols’ estate. The guys are on a roll. We’re still taking volunteers for the Santa booth and the collection booth.”

Last year, Needline raised just over $50,000 for Marshall County families. The event is traditionally the largest fundraiser for Needline.

Miller said needs continue to grow.

“We have a lot of needs this year,” Miller said. “We were just informed at our last meeting of West Kentucky Allied Services that our LIHEAP program in all probability will be cut in half this year. Over $300,000 was spent in Marshall County helping low income families and the elderly pay their light bills. If we have as severe a winter as they’re predicting, every dime we collect can be used for a great cause.”

For more information or to volunteer, phone Needline at 527-0024.
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