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October 3, 2012

Commission eyes trick-or-treat change

PRINCETON — The Mercer County Commission is mulling a decision to move the date of trick-or-treating in the county to avoid a conflict with Wednesday night church services.

County Commission President Joe Coburn said it was suggested for the commission to move the county’s official trick-or-treating date from Wednesday, Oct. 31, to Tuesday, Oct. 30, as to not conflict with Wednesday night church services.

“There has been some discussion about it, but nothing has been decided,” Coburn said. “We will be voting on it at our meeting next Tuesday. It happens every year that someone wants to move the date because it conflicts with something else. Some people like the holiday and some people don’t.”

County Commissioner Jay Mills said he is personally in favor of the move.

“I’m just speaking for me, not the other commissioners, but I think it is a good idea,” Mills said. “It is church night for many people, so it isn’t the best night for trick-or-treating. I’m all for changing it when we vote at our next meeting.”

Mills said the date has been changed in the past.

“I know we changed it two or three years ago when Halloween fell on a Sunday, but I don’t know if we have changed Halloween when it fell on a Wednesday night before,” Mills said. “We will take up the issue Tuesday, and we will have to wait and see what the other commissioners say.”

County Commission Clerk Vicky Reed said many cities and towns in the area use the county commission’s date to set their own times for trick-or-treating.

“They city of Princeton has asked for us to look into it so they can set their own trick-or-treating date,” Reed said. “The commissioners have discussed the proposal, but they will not vote on it until Tuesday. It has to be brought before the board, and a vote is required before they change the date.”

Princeton City Clerk Ken Clay said the city is waiting for the county to establish their trick-or-treating time before city officials set their own date and time.

“It has not been established,” Clay said. “We will set the date next week on Oct. 9. Then we will know more.”

Bluefield City Manager Jim Ferguson said the city has already set their Halloween trick-or-treat times. Ferguson said trick-or-treating will be held in the city on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to a spokesperson with the town of Bluefield, Va., the Bluefield, Va. Police Department has also set the town’s trick-or-treating date and time for Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to Tazewell, Va. Town Manager Todd Day, the town of Tazewell has not yet set their trick-or-treating date. Day said the town council will set the date and time at their meeting on Oct. 9.

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