West Frankfort's Candy Cane Lane ligh...

West Frankfort's Candy Cane Lane lights the season again

There are 143 comments on the Southern Illinoisan story from Dec 7, 2005, titled West Frankfort's Candy Cane Lane lights the season again. In it, Southern Illinoisan reports that:

It's showtime again on Candy Cane Lane. Every Christmas since 1988 the neighbors on and around East Clark Street trot out every Disney and storybook character that ever lived to greet crowds from Southern ...

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solo

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#1 Dec 26, 2005
I'm sorry I know you all do this out of the kindness of your heart. But you have put so much in some yards that it looks more like a circus rather that a beautiful Christmas decorations.
Guy Warhol

Brownsville, TX

#2 Jan 10, 2006
solo wrote:
I'm sorry I know you all do this out of the kindness of your heart. But you have put so much in some yards that it looks more like a circus rather that a beautiful Christmas decorations.
Hey lady! You ever heard the phrase, "I'd rather push a Ford than drive a Chevy"? Well, same thing applies here. Even though you don't like the circus, you have to respect our right to display Christmas lights. You also must be against baseball, apple pies, and Chevrolets ... or Fords?
Guy Warhol

Brownsville, TX

#3 Jan 10, 2006
P.S. BAH HUMBUG!
Don't you realize that people trvael from Winnepeg in their cars just to see the lights? This man is a hometown hero! Tiny Tim, you've saved Christmas!!!
scott carrington

Marion, IL

#4 Jan 11, 2006
Hey, guy, I agree! I WOULD rather push a Ford than drive a Chevy. But, if it came down to it, I'd push the Chevy over the Hyundai or the Kia. However, pushing a Honda, or say a Nissan, is nothing, compared to the perinial favorite...pushing a Conastoga Wagon from the 1800's. Well, anyway, Guy, Tiny Tim or no Tiny Tim, the Little Mermaid and the waving Ninja Turtle are by far the best. They were obviously done by a very tall, slim, but stunning piece of Ack! I love the Redbirds, too! They make me wet!
Timb Murfee

Marion, IL

#5 Jan 15, 2006
I made candy cane lane with my own three hands! LEave me be! My characters are timeless, with a touch of fantastic voyeurism. From Mickey to Pac Man, Ernest Borgnine to Mayro Johnny Simmons, Candy Lane Cane is the "GLodich" honda of West FGrankfort. Suck it, Benton, and all y'all who's down with the dick-ass rangers. My favorite candy canE lane entry is the nudde cut-out of Mr. McGoo, in utero. M'mom and M'dad and M'friends all agree...CCL is the farckingest plase to be!
Della White

Marion, IL

#6 Jan 18, 2006
Candy Cane Lane? What about Candy Cane Rape? It has raped WF with its goody-goody, look-at-me pictures of funny-ha-ha-characters. Watch your back, Murphy...for I am coming with the winds of death behind me. I shall rain down punishment onto all who decorate for Christmas. My vengence shall be swift and mine eyes shall be washed in the Beach Boys' blood. BooYaa, mo-fo's and take yer Mickey Mouse Mishap to hell with you!

Love,
Della
Sid West

Owensboro, KY

#7 Jan 18, 2006
I used to preach in WF and once I took a very young Tim Murphy with me to church camp. All he wanted to do was look in the Bible to see if Moses, Abraham or even Adam had holiday displays in their yards. I knew then that gigantic plywood figures would someday litter the community. When he found out that by old testament law, lawn figurines/displays/etc. were forbidden, he renounced his religeon and started Club Murph: where all who wish are free to worship plywood and styrofoam in any way they deem necessary. In closing, I wish "lil' bit" Murphy all the best as he spreads his cult through Franklin County.

Love and kisses,
Sid "LL Cool Sid" West
Denny Butler

Brownsville, TX

#8 Jan 19, 2006
Andy Shelby, you stupid cracker, I'm glad you moved to Chicago-area and started the teaching and the coaching of girls basketball players. That means you're no longer in West Frankfort driving your Nume F. Cheese mobile over mudpiles in The Jungle. Seriously, though, Andy, or can I call you 'Drew, you're a good guy and well-liked by all...one of the best dancers ever to grace the dancehalls of W.F. As for Candy Cane Lane, it can kiss my grits!!!
deepfried62999

Carbondale, IL

#9 Jan 27, 2006
solo wrote:
I'm sorry I know you all do this out of the kindness of your heart. But you have put so much in some yards that it looks more like a circus rather that a beautiful Christmas decorations.
I would miss enjoying going around candy cane lane. Keep up the great work. Not everyone agreees with the mess i think it is great. You never see everything first time through so who actually sees it all at once any way.
deepfried62999_d emge68

Carbondale, IL

#10 Jan 27, 2006
Timb Murfee wrote:
I made candy cane lane with my own three hands! LEave me be! My characters are timeless, with a touch of fantastic voyeurism. From Mickey to Pac Man, Ernest Borgnine to Mayro Johnny Simmons, Candy Lane Cane is the "GLodich" honda of West FGrankfort. Suck it, Benton, and all y'all who's down with the dick-ass rangers. My favorite candy canE lane entry is the nudde cut-out of Mr. McGoo, in utero. M'mom and M'dad and M'friends all agree...CCL is the farckingest plase to be!
Murph you great man to Franklin County keep the hard work up and keep the dream alive

Friends from Carbondale that love
Candy Cane Lane (1995-2006 and beyond)
Monte Kuhnert

Atlanta, GA

#11 Jan 27, 2006
Hey Gang...just wanted to say my piece here about holiday decor. I don't know if you all remember me or not but back in 85', against Cairo-Aro, I made 18 freethrows in the Carbondale Holiday Tourney. Still a record. Check out more records at http://207.63.225.98/Athletics /holtourn04web/tourney2004/all time.html

Anyway, the night before I set that record, I went through the Lane De Las Candicular Cane (that's what we call it at the 'Quoin)...I saw ET poking his head up and down through the space ship and was inspired...All day, the next day (day I set the record), I kept saying "Kuhnert, phone home, Kuhnert, phone home." I don't know what it was, but it worked. I made 18 free throws from the charity stripe. I don't think I could have done it without 'the lane.' I remember after the game, Hall of fame WF Radio Personality Bruce A Fasol aka Remus, interviewed me about the game. He asked me how i could make so many free shots in which men are lined up about either side of the lane. You wanna know what my response was? I simply said, "Remus (Bruce), Kuhnert phone home." He looked at me a little strange and has never talked to me since!
Chops-n-Elmo

Atlanta, GA

#12 Jan 27, 2006
Deep fried, I want to say to you...you should change your name to "deep friend" because that's what you've just become to us (we are twins)...as a side note, we have another big buddy that wears a chain around his neck...he's a twin too....the Mize guys. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. We be sick and tired of these dumb headed pud ferrets degrading Candy Cane Lane and Timb Murphy! If it were up to us, Club Murph would be the new City Hall and Timbo would be grand marshall of the Old King Coal Parade every year! LEt's keep the fire burning for CCL...and help Timb keep the lights burning as well!
Max Thorpe

Atlanta, GA

#13 Jan 27, 2006
Used to work @ Coleman=Rhodes. I'll be honest with you, as pleasing as Candy Cane Lane is, it's a bear when you're trying to deliver an automan and davinet back there. Maybe we could move candy cane lane out to 4 mile lane and then set it on fire each year. That way, the next year after the first fire, we wouldn't have it any more. Don't get me wrong, I like it a lot, it's just that delivery thing. And the fire deal out towards love bridge, maybe that would bring some tourism back to WF, since the car museum and the coal mine museum and Mind Boggling deals store haven't done the trick. In conclusion, I'd like to say the the MurphyMan, "Runaway train never coming back, wrong way down a one way track..." Get it? Booyakasha! Thorpedo Out!
Swain

Owensboro, KY

#14 Jan 28, 2006
Hey...I am Swain and I paint everything I own light blue! I am the next Tim Murphy in that I create my own candy cane lane every day with my properties. I auction, sell food, vend snacks and a whole world of items not fit for this forum. Do you see the connection? Murph paints plywood/styrofoam and displays it at Christmastime. I paint brick-n-morar, siding, and stucko displaying it as I peddle my wares. So, in a way, if I happened to coach a volleyball team and wear a Fivel hat, I WOULD be Tim Murphy! I'll see you all in five years, when all of West Frankfort is Light Blue, aka Swain's Egg Blue, and I am leading all therein toward a future of pleasures and cheap mattresses.
ConcernedCitizen

Owensboro, KY

#15 Jan 28, 2006
I am appalled at how an innocent forum, designed to let Southern Illinoisans air their grievances, has turned into a mockary by obvious hooligans. Let's just appreciate West Frankfort and all it has to offer. We are truly blessed that our little community can produce creativity and beauty in such a safe, family-friendly environment. Let's take the attempts at comedy elsewhere. Oh yeah, Tim Murphy is M.C. Odle's BITCH! He'll sign-paint your ass into the ground. Can I get a Wha-Wha?
BillJack

Atlanta, GA

#16 Jan 30, 2006
Hey All...class of 93' still rockin'! Anyway, anyone ever heard the song "Angels Among Us" by Alabama? Well, if you haven't I suggest that you take a listen. If you have heard the song, then you'll know what I'm talking about when I say that Timb Murpy might just be one of those angels that walk amongst us? I don't know for sure, but if I were a bettin' man, I'd put down about 80 bane worth of coins on Murpy if he were a color/number on the roulette table. I believe that Timb M has skinned it back when it comes to Canned DeCane Layen!
BillJack

Atlanta, GA

#17 Jan 30, 2006
...Sorry all, I forgot one thing. If anyone has seen Beaker lately, have him email me.
Annonymous

Atlanta, GA

#18 Feb 4, 2006
Is this all supposed to be funny? It's offensive.
Rick Heyder

Owensboro, KY

#19 Feb 4, 2006
Tim Murphy and I went out to eat. He ordered the three-cheese dip. I am allergic to cheese, but couldn't help myself. I ended up eating his order, plus one more of my own. I did get very sick. When Murph asked why, knowing I am so allergic, I had eaten so much cheese, I replied, "It just so happens, I love cheese."
Rick Heyder

Owensboro, KY

#20 Feb 4, 2006
I love going go Chuck E. Cheese's and playing skee ball. I have one goal: MAXIMUM TOIKETS!

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