The latest star was built to withstand the elements, but fell victim to vandals this year.
It's not the first time the star has been the target of Grinches. Meadows said teens used the star for target practice in years past. But this year when city workers went up to check on the star in late November and to clear some of the trees around it they found some wiring and the meter box missing.
Marmet Mayor Bill Pauley said Appalachian Power donated a meter box to the town, which now handles the star's maintenance and upkeep, to get the star shining again.
"It's a landmark for Marmet," Pauley said. "It's always been special to the people in Marmet."
Pauley, who has been the town's mayor for more than 30 years, has lived in the eastern Kanawha County town most of his adult life and always remembers the star being there. He said when he sees the star he thinks of what it represents.
The star is part of the Christmas story and was said to be shining brightly over Bethlehem, where Jesus was born in a manger.
"When I see the star I think of that," Pauley said.
Police Chief Fred Maynard said he's proud of the town star. He's heard positive comments from out-of-towners and residents who have moved away but come back to visit family.
The chief said this year many town residents were shocked to learn about the vandalism at the star. He doesn't keep track of when the star is lit, but he hears about it if it's not turned on by the first of the month.
"I've been here long enough now that if it's not turned on we certainly hear about it," Maynard said. "If it's not on December 1st or December 2nd, I will be stopped three or four times around town and asked why the star's not on.
"People have come to expect it now."
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