Stan Barnett

Stanley Barnett born December 4, 1934 passed peacefully on January 13, 2020.  Stan, as he was affectionately known by his family, was a quiet man of service. He was kind, compassionate and wise man, who loved life and loved bringing joy to others.
Stan served his Lord and community here in Jasper for over 20 years.  Stan was a board member with Keep Pickens Beautiful for 20 years, where he served many rolls, gave wise council and was willing to help where needed. We are very grateful to him, he will be missed.
Stan started a branch of Habitat for Humanity to Pickens County.  To make affordable housing for those who otherwise could not afford a home of their own. Stan served there with HFH for over 20 years.
Stan taught Sunday School, had a Bible study group at a local retirement home and volunteered at the Community Thrift store for years.
He was awarded the Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
Stan will be missed by our whole community for his generous and loving spirit.
Keep Pickens Beautiful Board of Directors

KPB Earns Governor’s Circle Award … AGAIN!

Mary Ann Rentz, President, Carol Opdenhoff, Office Manager

Keep Pickens Beautiful is proud to announce we have received The Governors Circle Award again this year.  The award is presented by the state of Georgia for our work in reducing litter and beautification in our county.  One of the activities is to conduct a litter index each year to measure the amount of litter on our roadways and track it from year to year.  Our Adopt A Road Volunteers do a great job, keeping our roadways cleaned up; this saves the County money and man-hours.  Our beautification volunteers work on projects that enhance the environment and add to the beauty of our County.



CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING EVENTWHEN:  Saturday, January 4, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 WHAT:  Area residents will go green and drop off Christmas trees to be chipped into mulch or used as a wildlife habitat. The event educates the public on recycling and environmental conservation.  It also allows communities to put discarded Christmas trees to good use.  The program has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for 29 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation.

WHERE: Your old tree will be reused as mulch or wildlife habitat. Drop off your undecorated Christmas tree for recycling at the Park’n Ride across from the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Building in Newton Park  500 Veterans “BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER 2020”
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING EVENTMemorial Blvd. (500 Stegall Street).

Pickens County residents recycled 118 Christmas trees in 2019, diverting them from landfills, and chipping them up into useful mulch. In this day of artificial Christmas trees, that’s not bad. Let’s see if we can do better in 2020 and set a new record.

For more information call KPB at 705-253-3600 or email us at, The office is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 until 2:00, leave a message and we will return your phone call.

Keep Pickens Beautiful – PO Box 342 – Jasper, Georgia  30143

Phone  (706) 253-3600

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.