New signs have been put up at Henderson Mountain Road and Highway 108 to warn motorists that this area 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. Harvey said the county has surveillance cameras they rotate to keep certain trouble spots under watch.
Keep Pickens Beautiful works with Adopt A Road volunteers to try to keep our roadways picked up. It is discouraging to them to pick up the trash people throw their windows and go back the next day and find more.
Don’t be part of the problem, don’t litter, you may pay a fine or go to jail. Help us keep Pickens clean and beautiful. For more information or to volunteer, call 706-253-3600 or visit our web page at keeppickensbeautiful.org.
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.
Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to say “Thank you” to the students at Harmony Elementary School and teacher Susan Anderson for decorating our Christmas tree at the Library again this year. KPB features recycling, the students take the most unusable items and by using their imagination to create tree ornaments. Decorations are made from unlikely items like corn cobs, light bulbs, milk cartons and cans, proving that recycling can be fun and creative.
Keep Pickens Beautiful sponsored a poster contest for National Recycle Day November 15, 2017. Elementary and Middle School art teachers were invited to participate. Keep Pickens Beautiful invited the children to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the contest. This poster contest, Change Tomorrow-Today-Recycle, helps the community to achieve a goal of higher excellence in recycling, composting, and buying recycled products and packaging.
Winners in the Kindergarten to Second Grade division were: Jayla Dean 1st place, Ellie Parker 2nd place, and Townson Rickenbaker 3rd place
Winners in the Third to Fifth Grade division were: Cassandra Hamrick 1st place, Isabel Faucett 2nd place, and Ellie Darnell 3rd place
The posters are on display at the Pickens County Government building located at 1266 East Church Street. We invite you to stop and enjoy the winner’s posters.