CLEAN­ING UP NEW­TON

Great Amer­i­can Cleanup kicks off in New­ton County

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - BY MERIS LUTZ PHO­TOS BY DAR­RELL EVERIDGE

Over 600 vol­un­teers turned out Satur­day for the start of the Great Amer­i­can Cleanup, which will con­tinue from March un­til May.

Karen Key of Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful was pleased with the turnout, urg­ing the com­mu­nity to join the fight against lit­ter.

“This is to­tally pre­ventable,” she said of the trash col­lect­ing on road­sides across the county. “Your tax dol­lars are hav­ing to pay to clean this up, so you can throw your lit­ter out the win­dow but you’re pay­ing for it one way or the other.”

She also ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Mamie’s Kitchen, for pro­vid­ing hun­dreds of bis­cuits to hungery vol­un­teers, and Longhorn Steak­house, for do­nat­ing space and bot­tled wa­ter.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate all the vol­un­teers who came out to­day,” added Lau­rie Reilly, also of KCNB.

KCNB won’t have a fi­nal tally of tons of garbage col­lected un­til May. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing fu­ture cleanups through­out the spring can call 770-784-2015.

Dar­rell Everidge / The Cov­ing­ton News

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