Green thumb Award

Left to right: Levy Rentz, Peggy Petty and Mary Ann Rentz

Keep Pickens Beautiful awards the Green Thumb Award to Peggy Petty for the beautiful gardens, pathways and pond. Ms. Peggy maintains her unusual landscaping and gardens on her 2 acre plot.

The vegetable garden shows the functionality of the land. Ms. Petty attributes this beautifully landscaped property to her late husband, Kenneth Petty.  Ms. Petty was born and raised right here at Grandview Lake and enjoys maintaining her 2 acres of heaven.  If you would like to nominate someone for the Green Thumb Award, contact our office at 706-253-3600.


KPB would like to say “thank you” to all those who attended our picnic, at the Chamber.  Without volunteers and members, KPB could not continue to continue the work of keeping our county clean.  Our Adopt A Road Program continues to grow, along with many beautification projects. Recycling, Green Ribbon and Green Thumb also part of our programs continuing to work at keeping our county beautiful.

You can become a part of our many programs by volunteering to help in an area that might interest you, or join our board of directors.  For more information call 706-253-3600 or visit our website at

Atlantic Coast Conservancy Recognized

Left to right Levi Rentz, Chairman of Green Ribbon Award, Dr. Robert Keller, President, David White, Patrick Honam, and Mary Rentz, President of KPB

Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to present the Green Ribbon Award to Atlantic Coast Conservancy, 80 South Main Street, Jasper, GA 30143. This organization is under the leadership of Dr. Robert Keller, Ph.D., D, President. The mission of the Atlantic Coast Conservancy is to provide 21st Century solutions and sound scientific applications for conservation of critical natural resources in the face of a changing climate focusing on the Southeastern United States with specific utilization of geographic information systems applications in land conservation, ecosystems services, carbon sequestration, and conservation biology. This organization was created to rapidly respond to present-day conservation needs in areas previously underserved by the land trust community.

The KPB Green Ribbon Award is given to a selected individual, group, club or business in Pickens County in recognition of outstanding example of a program, project or activities that protect or enhance our community’s environment through promotion, support or furtherance of the KPB goals.

If you would like to nominate a home or business to receive our Green Ribbon or Green Thumb award, call or email us at 706-253-3600 –

New Adopt A Road Volunteers

Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to announce another Adopt A Road member. Pastor Gary Hullquist and his Church, Talking Rock Sabbath Chapel, have volunteered to pickup West Price Creek Road between Jones Mountain Road and Burnt Mountain Road. Our thanks to the Talking Rock Sabbath Chapel another road in our beautiful county will be cleaned up.

Littering the roadways is a crime in the State of Georgia, punishable by a LARGE fine and/or jail time.

KPB is all about reaching our goals to improve the quality of life by eliminating litter through community involvement and increased public awareness. Doing the little things make a “BIG difference.” You too can make a difference! If you would like to become a volunteer contact our office at 706-253-3600 and visit our web page at

Carol Opdenhoff, Office Manager