Lights fi­nally come down

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The square was still in a fes­tive spirit this week, but only be­cause the bit­ter cold pre­vented crews from tak­ing down Christ­mas lights around the square.

Em­ploy­ees with Live Events So­lu­tions, the com­pany con­tracted to create this year’s down­town dis­play, were tak­ing down lights as fast they could Thurs­day, but em­ployee Gary Teal said it takes two hours to un­wind lights from some trees, and with 67 trees to fin­ish, he said the last of the lights might not be down un­til the end of the month.

The re­main­ing lights have all been turned off, Teal said, though he noted the elec­tric­ity costs were low with 225 LED bulbs only cost­ing around $8 a month to power.

Gabriel Khouli/The Covington News

Greg Chan­dler, an em­ployee with Live Events So­lu­tions, takes Christ­mas lights out of a tree in front of the His­toric Court­house. Be­cause of the trees’ height and branches, it takes a sin­gle per­son about two hours to clear the lights us­ing a reg­u­lar lad­der.

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