Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 5, 2013

Theft impacts Holiday of Lights

by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD, Va. — For the second time this week, when Dwight Godwin flipped the switch to illuminate the popular Holiday of Lights at Lotito Park, large sections of the holiday light show didn’t come on as a result of a person or persons unknown stealing copper cables from the displays.

“It happened on Sunday night or Monday morning and again on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning,” Godwin, director of the Bluefield Parks and Recreation Department said. “We take great pride in the Holiday of Lights, and people who visit here make it part of their holiday tradition. It’s disappointing, but we got as much of it back on for (Wednesday night) as we could.”

Godwin said that law enforcement officers are aware of the situation. “It affects a lot of people in a negative way,” he said.