Adopt A Road Pickup

Mike Haviland, Adopt A Road Volunteer, continues to go over and above his adopted area in Tate. Mike pickup 79 bags of trash on Smokey Hollow and Head Start Roads. If you would like to help to keep our beautiful County clean, keep a litter bag in your auto ( free at KPB office) and Adopt a road near you.
Call KPB 706-253-3600 for more information.

KPB President Mary Ann Rentz spruces up a downtown mural

KPB President Mary Ann Rentz

During a welcome break from cold weather and rain, Mary Ann Rentz pulled out her paintbrushes and took the opportunity to touch-up a mural in the heart of downtown Jasper.

“This has been here at least 10 years and it faded,” said Rentz, whose efforts are part of Keep Pickens Beautiful mission to (you guessed it) keep Pickens beautiful. “In this spot the sun just beats down. Some parts look worse than others, but I’d say I’ll be working on this for months.”   The painting, titled “The Trail where they Cried” or “Nunna Daul Tsuny” in Cherokee, was donated by artist Daniel Norris. It features a soaring eagle and howling wolf as focal points, and several images of Native Americans – some sorrowful, some playing music, some dancing. Two rivers that flow down a rock face mimic a crying mother earth.

The mural is on the side of a building at the intersection of Highway 53 and Burnt Mountain Road (just in front of the historic Jasper depot), and highly visible to passing motorists.

Rentz is no stranger to murals having painted two in Talking Rock and one in Marble Hill. She reminisced about the one she commissioned for downtown Jasper.       “I knew I wanted a Native American theme,” she said, pointing to two figures in the painting. “This man here, he lived somewhere in the area. And this man, he was some kind of chief and he visited during the dedication, but Daniel was so nice to donate it to us.”

The KPB president loves murals, and mentioned “The Town of Murals” in Lake Placid, Fla, which has become a tourist attraction with nearly 50 paintings scattered throughout the tiny town.

“They get thousands of tourists who come there every year just to see them,” she said.

One of Rentz’s murals in Talking Rock features Native Americans on the Trail of Tears, the other an homage to Talking Rock. The Marble Hill mural illustrates the marble mining history of the area – she recalled local historian’s insistence on getting the facts straight.

“Mimi Jo Butler was so particular about that one,” Rentz said. “She had to make sure everything was exactly right.”

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By Angela Reinhardt

New KPB Officers

New officers were elected at the Keep Pickens Beautiful board meeting, November 6, 2017. Seated left to right: Joan Britton, Secretary-Treasurer, Carol Opdenhoff, Office Manager, Mary Ann Rentz, President, Stan Barnett, Green Ribbon-Green Thumb Chairperson, Ron Jager, Director.  Standing left to right Bart Connelly, Adopt A Road Chairperson, Susan Anderson, Education Chairperson, Al Roth, Director, Vered Klinberger, Litter Index Chairperson, Robert Morgan, Vice President, absent is Codi Van Atta, Membership Chairperson.

KPB is looking forward to another productive year continuing the programs that will enhance the appearance of our beautiful county.  Keep expanding our Recycling Program, Adopt A Road and educating our students in the importance of protecting our environment.

If you would like to join in, contact our office Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 – 2:00 at 706-253-3600 and visit our website at  Find us on Face book at:

The community is encouraged and welcome to attend our monthly meeting at the Pickens County Sheriff’s office on Camp Road, the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm.

We Chipped 136 trees!

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to “thank” all those who recycled their Christmas trees again this year.  The Pickens County Road Department, reported that they chipped 136 trees this year. Our thanks to them also, the mulch has many uses, in gardens and landscaping.  The trees are also used to put in lakes for fish habitats’

If you would like more information on recycling please contact our office at 706-253-3600 or visit our web page at

Elaine Thomason Award

Stan Barnett (left), Bart Connelly (right)

Keep Pickens Beautiful held their annual Appreciation Dinner, January 9, 2018 at The Last Catch.  The dinner is an opportunity to show our appreciation for our volunteers, who help KPB reach the goals of a clean and safe environment for the citizens of Pickens County.

Bart Connelly, director of our Adopt A Road Program presented Stan Barnett, with the Elaine Thomason Award for his outstanding work in our Adopt A Road Program for the past 10 years. Elaine Thomason lived in the Hinton community on Hwy 53, and was a huge advocate for keeping the roads clean, even before we had the Adopt A Road Program. When the AAR program was put in place by the CCC Board, the award was named after Ms. Thomason, for her dedication to Litter reduction on our highways.

Mr. Barnett has also served on the Board of Directors for many years in several different positions.

Pickens County Commissioner Rob Jones, Johnny Weaver, Mayor of Jasper and Randy Banks, Mayor of Talking Rock and Dan Poole, Pickens Progress, where also present, our thanks to them for all the help they give KPB during the year.

Officers for 2018 were introduced, President, Mary Ann Rentz, Vice President, Robert Morgan and Joan Britten, Secretary/Treasurer.   KPB is looking forward to another year of growth and opportunities to make a difference in our county.

If you would like to be a part of our organization and volunteer by serving on our board or a committee to help keep our County clean and beautiful, contact our office at 706-253-3600 for more information and visit our web page at