DEATHS

Matthew Robert Elliott, 34

Born October 18, 1984

Died January 17, 2019

Alice Jean Ricketts-Culp, 91

Born July 15, 1927

Died January 16, 2019

Charlotte Jackson, 75

Born September 21, 1943

Died January 16, 2019

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THINGS TO DO

Sunday, January 20

Painting with Gwyn 3rd Sunday
Vision Board Workshop
Christian Life Class - Jonah - You Can't Outrun Grace

Monday, January 21

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Parade & Celebration
Georgia-Pacific Playground - Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Antioch, The Temple of Hope
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019
PS Academy Oklahoma Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course
Semi-Annual Clearance Sale
Act Like Men Study - Don't Waste Your Life

Tuesday, January 22

The Real Okie Movie Night Presents, Pretty in Pink!
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®- Awareness Campaign
LiveLoveCycle Indoor Training
Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

Friday, October 26, 2018, 4:54 AM

Every winter for the past 25 years, the city has decorated Honor Heights Park with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and, starting after Thanksgiving, the cars line up to go through and look at the decorations.

In the past, the tour was free, with donations accepted at the end of the drive.

But this year, the city — at the suggestion of Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wilkerson — will charge $5 per car, even though the attraction has always ended up netting positive cash flow through donations. “Oversize” vehicles will cost $10.

According to one official who asked to not be named, the Garden of Lights generates an average of $1 per car, with some donating more, some not donating at all. Some estimates of revenue collected were as high as $60,000 per season, with more than 300,000 people seeing it. The city published a release on the Garden of Lights yesterday and mentioned the $5 per-car charge, but did not give a reason why the formerly free attraction — paid for with taxpayer dollars — is no longer free for citizens.

Although the event has never lost money, the city’s release stated “Admission fees will help sustain, preserve and grow the Garden of Lights.”

Monday nights will still be free, according to the release.

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