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Downtown solar-powered lights damaged

Downtown took on a new look in late 2018 when Discover Connersville and the city cooperated to put twinkle lights on trees. Some of the solar unitsproviding electricity for the lights have been damaged.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Downtown twinkle lights have been vandalized.

In 2018, Discover Connersville purchased 49 strings of solar-powered lights so that trees without electric service could be illuminated. They were paid for out of funds raised for the revitalization of downtown. Two of the fundraisers were the progressive dinner and a Kentucky Derby party. Some of funds came through the Urban Enterprise Association.

“The solar lights and the twinkle lights have both been damaged. Three of the timers were broken; they cost somewhere around $400 each,” Darryll Morehead, street superintendent, said. “We will have new ones up in the near future, we are working on it along with many other projects.”

The solar-powered twinkle lights were purchased before Christmas 2018, McQueen said. Discover Connersville is an organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the downtown business district.

“There have been many comments on Facebook about how beautiful the town looks at night with the lights in the trees, it makes downtown look like a fairy land. I wish people would appreciate the lights more and not try to destroy them.

“It is a shame that there are those who are seriously trying to better our community and make it more appealing for locals and visitors alike,” she said. “Then come those who don’t appreciate it and destroy it, thinking it is funny. They are destroying our effort just to be mean.”