Utility poles at The Highlands are dressed up for the holidays.
Motorists traveling through the retail site may have recently noticed colorful banners adorning the poles. Randy Wharton, Ohio County commissioner, said the banners were installed for the Christmas season. He noted additional banners may be purchased and installed for other seasons.
"I think they look nice," said Commissioner David Sims after a recent Ohio County Commission meeting.
Sims noted he also would like to see additional banners be installed at the site. He hopes some of the retailers will pitch in by advertising on the banners. There currently are 62 businesses at the site, anchored by Cabela's, Wal-Mart, Target and other department stores.
According to information from the Ohio County Development Authority, the banners are 30 inches wide and 72 inches long. There are 48 total banners on poles lining the main road through the development, known as Cabela Drive.
The banners were installed by county employees who work at the site. Brackets purchased with the banners have a 10-year warranty and are expected to withstand the often strong wind that blows through the site.
Each banner, purchased from the company Consort, has navy blue background and is decorated with either a picture of a brass bell or an old-fashioned brass lamp post. They also say, "The Highlands," and include a monogram, "HL." Information about the cost of the banners was not available.