Christmas star re-lit at Nebraska courthouse after years off

December 23, 2019 GMT

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A star that once shown brightly at the top of a Nebraska courthouse was re-lit Thursday after maintenance crews found the star and refurbished it.

The star had remained off until a few days ago, when someone found it collecting dirt, sleet, snow, rain and ice on the roof after years of neglect, according to the Columbus Telegram. The courthouse’s lead maintenance worker began work to make the star viable again.

“The lights were dangling off of it, half of the bulbs were broke,” said Gary Speicher, the lead maintenance worker. “I brought it down, took the old lights off of it, added some new LED lights onto it (and) put it back up.”

Platte County Emergency Manager Tim Hofbauer said he re-lighting the star seemed like a good idea.

“It was one of those holiday spirit moments when we were talking at break and I went, ‘Hey, it would be kind of neat to have a star on the roof,’” he said.