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Former county sheriff’s passion for Christmas lights shines very brightly at this time of year

Kent Farthing stands next to some of the displays lit up in his front yard. The display can be viewed through New Year’s Day at 1274 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Dec. 11, 2017.

Anyone driving out Waterworks Road on Huntington’s suburban south side will see Kent Farthing’s passion displayed in thousands of lights throughout his yard and on his house.

And it’s still a work in progress.

His house, located at 1274 Waterworks Rd., has about two acres of grass, perfect for staging his display. There is also a pond lit up by encircling lights, and an illuminated Conestoga wagon on the property.

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Teaming up for a Christmas cantata

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

More than 20 singers from six area churches teamed up for a Christmas cantata at Evangelical United Methodist Church on Friday night, Dec. 15. The event was called "Noel: Night of Everlasting Love." The choir was directed by Mark Kiefer and scripture verses were narrated by Dave Kaylor.

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Huntington Common Council receives Porter/FMC update

The Huntington Common Council received an update on the cleanup process at the H.K. Porter/Friction Materials site at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Andy Maguire, on-scene coordinator with the Environmental Protection Agency, delivered the update to the board. Maguire reviewed the EPA’s activities at the site from July through October and previewed its agenda when work resumes in mid-January next year.

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Robrock, R. Johnson lead Lady Vikes back to .500

Huntington North guard Karmen Koch squeezes her way in between a pair of Leo defenders on her flight to the basket during the Lady Vikes' 48-41 win over the visiting Lady Lions on Saturday night, Dec. 17.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Maddy Robrock scored 18 points and Rileigh Johnson notched 16 to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team past visiting Leo, 48-41, on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Climbing back to .500 at 6-6, the Lady Vikings had only four players score in the contest, with Larissa Johnson adding eight points and Karmen Koch putting in the remaining six.

HNHS got off to a 14-10 lead after the first eight minutes and pushed the advantage to 31-23 by halftime. The lady Vikes led 38-32 heading into the final frame.

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Photo with Santa

Photo by Steve Clark.

Sophia Daniel is all smiles as she waits for her photo to be taken with Santa Claus at the Andrews Municipal Building on Saturday, Dec. 16. The Andrews Summer Festival Committee brought Santa into town, and children got to visit and decorate Christmas cookies and ornaments.