Sweep deemed successful

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 07:17 PM

Terri Hedrick, chairwoman of the Vance County Appearance Commission, has deemed the recent Henderson-Vance Spring Litter Sweep Week a success.

Hedrick, in written comments, said approximately 350 volunteers and nearly 200 bags of trash and recyclable items were found on streets, near homes, businesses, churches and schools.

Hedrick thanked the volunteers for giving of their time to help the community.

The week was capped this past Saturday by a hot dog lunch, where cash prizes were presented.

Project Lift, led by William Hawkins, won $150 for filling the most bags. The Kittrell Job Corps Center, led by Joan Robinson, was awarded $100 for having the most volunteers in their group. And the $50 prize for most unique item found went to Youth on a Mission, from the Mount Zion Church of Christ, which found a cable cord and power drill that still worked.

Hedrick cited the support of students, church youth groups, civic and community organizations, Community Watch groups, county volunteer fire departments, Adopt-A-Highway program participants, families and individuals.

The event was held in coordination with the state’s Spring Litter Sweep over the last two weeks of April. It was jointly sponsored by the Vance County Appearance Commission and the Henderson Community Appearance Commission.

Among the notable places receiving care was the Rock Bridge Cemetery, a four-acre parcel overgrown until work in the past year uncovered many headstones and began making a place where families are returning now for visits. The Walmart 6091 Distribution Center has also been active there as well.

Among others, Hedrick also extended thanks to the N.C. Department of Transportation; City of Henderson Maintenance Department; Chris Fowler and the Vance County Planning and Development Department; Solon Smith of the Henderson Community Appearance Commission; Jason Brown and his Wisdom for Life Foundation, which provided Saturday’s prizes and lunch; Brown’s parents, Lunsford and Deborah Brown; and members of the Vance County Appearance Commission.

Hedrick said those in the community who missed making use of the electronics recycling station can still use any of the eight manned collection sites throughout the county.

Contact the writer at awooten@hendersondispatch.com.