By BRENDA OWEN
For more than two decades, Pontotoc County has set aside one day in April to do some spring cleaning.
The project, known as Clean Sweep, involves participants from towns and communities in the county joining together to collect hundreds of bags of trash from the streets, roads and highways and bringing them to central locations for disposal.
This year, Clean Sweep will take place Saturday. April 25, from 8 a.m. until noon.
“We want everyone to take part in this county-wide effort,” said Ellen Russell, director of the Pontotoc County Main Street Association which is sponsoring the project.
“In each community, we would like for groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, RAs and GAs to take it on as a service project for their community to help pick up the highways, the roads and so forth.”
Bags will be furnished to the participants. “We will have a place to drop the bags in each community,” Russell said. “For every filled bag brought in, one t-shirt will be given with a limit of one t-shirt per person.”
Drop-off locations include:
* Sherman — downtown on Main Street.
* Ecru — Town Hall parking lot.
* Pontotoc — WalMart parking lot.
* Thaxton — at the community center.
* Toccpola — at the fire department.
* Algoma — at the fire department.
* Hurricane — at the community center.
“We are not dealing with hazardous material during this Clean Sweep, just trash and roadside garbage,” Russell said.
Red geraniums will be on sale at each location for $1.50 per plant. Proceeds will be used for beautification projects across the county.