KPB Honors Al Rothe

Mary Ann Rentz, KPB President and Al Rothe

Keep Pickens Beautiful honored longtime board member Al Rothe, who served as a faithful member for five years.    Al was presented with a plaque by the KPB Board of Directors, at their monthly meeting.

Al was a great resource, hard worker and contributed to many KPB projects over the years of his service.  Al, you will be missed.

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.

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

Our Windows are CLEAN!

Pictured is Joey Godfrey

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to thank Squeaky Clean Window Service for donating their services to clean the windows in our office. Brad Anderson, set up the appointment, Joe Godfrey and a helper did a great job cleaning our windows, they are “squeaky” clean, way to go guys.

Change Tomorrow-Today-Recycle

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.

Keep Pickens Beautiful sets record year for Kids and Candy!!

Al Rothe, KPB Board member reported a banner year for handing out candy on Halloween this year. Again this year KPB took part in the Trick or Treat downtown event in Jasper. Rothe reported that we had more children this year than ever before. Each year KPB purchases more candy and always seems to run out. This year we had 4 pieces of candy left at the end of the event. The costumes were great and everyone had a fun time.