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Cleanup efforts could strike gold

Beginning Saturday, Lincoln County residents can find “gold inthe litter” when they participate in an annual cleanupcampaign.

Jane Kees, project coordinator for Keep Lincoln CountyBeautiful, said approximately 30 gold-colored eggs will bedistributed evenly throughout supervisor districts in the countyand in the city Friday. Citizens who find the eggs, which will behidden among roadside litter and in other places, will be ableredeem coupons for prizes at the chancery clerk’s office.

“We have some really nice coupons for prizes this year,” saidKees, mentioning a $100 savings bond from a local bank, as well asfood prizes from area restaurants and gifts from other localbusinesses.

Cleanup campaign participants who find eggs will need to redeemthe coupons by April 30, Kees said.

KLCB officials and the Master Gardeners association areencouraging church groups, civic clubs and other organizations toselect an area and clean it up during April. Kees said trash bagsare available free of charge at the District Two county barn on OldHighway 51.

Last week, Brookhaven aldermen set aside April 16-30 in honor ofthe Great American Clean Up in the city. Mayor Bob Massengillsigned the proclamation Tuesday.

During April in the county, residents are getting theopportunity to dispose of trash and other large items at severaldump sites. On weekends during the month, a Dumpster is beingplaced in several locations around the county.

“They’ve gone great,” Solid Waste Coordinator Ronnie Durr saidof the first two Dumpster placements at Brignall and in BogueChitto.

Durr said about 15 tons were collected in Brignall and about 25tons had been collected so far in Bogue Chitto. Also, three tons ofwhite goods and about 100 tires were left in Brignall and about sixtons and 550 tires were dropped off at the Bogue Chitto site.

This morning, Durr said workers were finishing picking up itemsleft in Bogue Chitto over the weekend.

“It’s been good down there,” Durr said.

This year’s tonnage totals compare favorably to last year’snumbers. In 2004, about 27 tons of trash were collected at Brignalland approximately 34 tons at Bogue Chitto.

“I want to see those figures decrease,” Durr said.

Durr said lower totals would indicate a trend that people arenot storing as much trash around their homes and are going aheadand disposing of it.

The Dumpster is scheduled to be in the Hurricane Lake communitybeginning Thursday. Next weekend, it will be in East Lincoln and inLoyd Star the last weekend of this month.