April all across the county is designated as clean up, fix up, paint up and plant up.

Let’s make Pickens County shine, by cleaning up our yards, doing that painting and planting, you have been putting off.  Keep Pickens Beautiful will be presenting an award at the end of April, to a home and business that has beautified their property. You can nominate someone by calling our office at 706-253-3600, or go online and send us a picture. keeppickensbeautiful@gmail.com

Christmas Tree at the Library

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to say “Thank you” to the students at Harmony Elementary School who participated in making decorations for the KPB Christmas tree.  The tree is part of the Festival of Trees held yearly at the Pickens County Library.  Susan Anderson, their teacher, had the children use their imaginations to create the ornaments by recycling everyday items such as paper, corks, milk cartons, light bulbs.  The students came up with great ways to recycle everyday items we might call trash into unique tree ornaments.  Please take time out of your busy schedule to visit the library during regular hours and view all the beautifully decorated trees.  Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to invite you to make a New Year’s resolution to start recycling in your home or workplace in 2019.  If you need help or more information about recycling please call the KPB office at 706-253-3600, or visit our web page at keeppickensbeautiful.org.

Don’t Litter!

New signs on Philadelphia Road between Highway 515 and Talking Rock Highway warn motorists that the area, one of the most frequently littered in the county, is under surveillance.  Pickens County Marshal Jim Harvey wants to remind residents that littering can carry a hefty fine, and that “I don’t issue warnings, I issue citations.”   The sign cautions of the maximum penalty for littering – a $5,000 fine or five years’ jail time or both. Citations can be issued for littering or illegal dumping. Harvey will even go so far as to look through trash in larger dump sites to find identifying pieces of information and track down litterers.

Keep Pickens Beautiful President Carol Opdenhoff  has said that portion of Philadelphia Road is one of the worst in the county for litter, with the suspicious that people pick up food at one of the nearby fast food restaurants and dump it there because there are no houses on that stretch – just cows.

Harvey said the county has surveillance cameras they rotate to keep certain trouble spots under watch.

Pre-K Cleanup at Hill City Elementary

The Pre-K teachers at Hill City Elementary School are rejuvenating the outdoor classroom.

They will cleanup and repair the existing structure, butterfly garden, and vegetable garden.  The outdoor classroom was established in 2004 with the help of Keep Pickens Beautiful. KPB provided grant funds of $300.00, which will be used to purchase needed plants, seeds, soil, and tools for the project. This project will be a good learning tool for these young students.

If you would like more information on becoming a part of the many programs KPB has going on through the beautiful county, call our office at 706-253-3600, visit our web page (www.keeppickensbeautiful, org) or go on face book.


Pickens County residents only, may take four (4) scrap passenger tires, maximum per family, off the rims, to the Pickens County Recycle Center on Camp Road and Cove Road, during the month of April as part of the Great American Clean Month.

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to remind you that mosquito breeding season is upon us and with it brings the West Nile Virus and the possible of other viruses. KPB urges all of our county residents to dispose of any tires you have lying around. Let’s eliminate the mosquito breeding places cleanup our county and protect our environment.

The Great American Cleanup is like a puzzle, if everyone does a small part in the cleanup the whole big job will be completed, piece by piece.

If you would like to know how you can have a part in the Great American Cleanup please call our office at 706-253-3600 for more information.