The Christmas spirit is evident at the Caldwell County Courthouse. Both the north and south ends of the 1938 courthouse have elaborate Christmas lights and messages — decorations that make a dramatic impression in this county of 12,581 people.
The attention-getting display is the work of Larry Curling, who completes his term as county judge-executive on Jan. 2. And it’s all done at his personal expense.
The Christmas decorating project started 2019, his first year in office, and he added more decorations with each passing year. He goes to different businesses and buys lights at after-Christmas sales, loading up by making purchases when decorations are 75% off.
“When I was elected, I wanted to give back a little, so I bought it all. I don’t think the taxpayers would like spending tax money on that.”