The annual community fundraising drive to light and decorate the Licking County Courthouse for the Christmas holiday season has been extended until Friday, Nov. 1.

The annual community fundraising drive to light and decorate the Licking County Courthouse for the Christmas holiday season has been extended until Friday, Nov. 1.

According to Jay Barker, president of the courthouse lighting committee, the community fundraising effort has raised $9,505 so far.

The goal is to raise $19,300 for decorations.

The lighting committee is continuing a conversion to a more energy-efficient operation by using LED bulbs, which is a significant financial investment.

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Licking County Courthouse Lighting Committee, P.O. Box 292, Newark, Ohio 43058.

This year marks the 65th annual lighting of the Licking County Courthouse.