Now that the ice has really started melting, Grayson County Holiday Lights at Loy Park is once again open for business. The display, like almost everything else in the area, closed while ice covered the ground. It is now open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through at least the end of the year.

Now that the ice has really started melting, Grayson County Holiday Lights at Loy Park is once again open for business. The display, like almost everything else in the area, closed while ice covered the ground. It is now open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through at least the end of the year.

In the display’s 13-year run, this week’s closure is the longest time the lights have been dark during a season. That coupled with the short holiday season this year means the display is running behind a good bit on donations. While the lag will not likely cause the display to go away, it could prevent the purchase of new displays next year.

“The people of Grayson County have always supported this project,” said Ray Bledsoe, a member of the committee that puts the lights on each year. Jeff Schneider, Grayson County’s purchasing agent, coordinates the display. He said the hope now is that people will come out to support the display for the rest of the run.

“We want them to come and bring their family and friends and make sure to leave a donation at the end of the display,” Schneider said. The committee has never extended the display’s run past the last day of December, but this week’s closure has some wondering if it ought not remain open until Jan. 5.

“We could make back one week that way,” Schneider said.

He said the situation is critical because the ice forced the display to be closed on a weekend which is generally when people donate the most. Schneider said getting people to staff the display is not generally a problem and he doesn’t think it will be a problem if it stays open into the first work in January.

Happy Friday birthday to Alan Burton, Georgianna Malone, Don Wortman, Lois Barron, Carol Thomas, Katie Passay, and twins Abby Noblett and Jessie Noblett, all of Sherman; Marilyn Ruth Braxton, Deira Braxton, Billie Jean Jennings, all of Denison; Mallory Hightower, and James Wilson Rhome of Tyler; Judith Anne Brown of Dallas; Steve Van Horn of Austin; Velma Montgomery of of Whitewright; Brandon Hicks of Sachse; Tangee Rucker of Denton; Howard Blaine Stamford of Durant; Jeana Ellis Pethel of Nocona; and Octavio Segoviano of Las Vegas Nevada.

Happy Saturday birthday to Marilynn Pemberton, Heather Jennings, Lena Griffin, Edward Orr, Harry Staff, Pat Dhane, Ann Curry, Johnny Brownlow, and Mattie Chaffin all of Sherman; Ken Rosser, and Lexis Neff of Denison; Grady Cox of Collinsville; Susie Ingram of Van Alsytne; Joyce Simmons of Whitesboro; Bo Britt of Pottsboro; Nickie Stone of Bells; Michael Hughes of McKinney and Debbie Denton of Carrollton.