Award to Board Member, Codi Van Atta

left to right Codi VanAtta, Mary Ann Rentz, President

Keep Pickens Beautiful honored longtime board member Codi VanAtta, who served as a faithful member five years.   Codi was presented with a plaque by the KPB Board of Directors, at their monthly meeting. She was a great resource, hard worker and contributed too many KPB projects over the years of her service. Codi served as Membership Chair and Secretary and Treasurer, she plans to return to the board when she retires.

If you would like to join KPB and help keep our county clean and beautiful, call our office at 706-253-3600, or visit our web page at, for more information.

KPB is celebrating 30 years of keeping Pickens Beautiful.


Back row: left to right: Bart Connelly, AAR Chairman, Stan Barnett Director, Robert Kenyon (new board member) Robert Morgan, Vice Pres. Joan Britton, Secretary-Treasurer, Mary Ann Rentz, President, Vered Kleinberger, Director, and Jo Leverette (new board member) Levi Rentz, Director not pictured.

KPB is looking forward to another productive year continuing to do projects that enhance the appearance of our beautiful county.  KPB is celebrating 30 years of serving our community. Our outreach includes: Adopt A Road, working with our schools, teaching the 3 R’s recycling, reduce and reuse, Beautification, Recycling Programs, in homes, business, our schools and at public events.

If you would like to join KPB, contact our Office Manager, Carol Opdenhoff, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 – 2:00 at 706-253-3600 and visit our website at  Find us on Facebook at

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


Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to say “Thank You” to all who took part in cleaning up our beautiful County.  Special thanks to 19 Adopt A Road Volunteers who reported picking up:

83 bags of trash from 35 miles of roadways and volunteered 66 hours of their time in April.

We are receiving reports that a good amount of the litter is from contract builders in our area.

The Recycle Center reported that they collected 561 tires during the annual tire amnesty.

KPB also had a new group of folks, Talking Rock Sabbath Chapel, volunteer to pick up West Price Creek Road.

If you would like to be part of the solution to the problem of littering, call us at 706-253-3600.  We can get you started today with keeping our County clean. Visit our web site at for more information.

New Signs – No Littering!

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