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Clean County Commission receives Palmetto Pride grant
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Palmetto Pride’s Sarah Lyles (far right) presents a grant check for $5,000 to Clean County Commission member Wanda Swann (second from right) along with other commissioners (from left) Doug Fielding, Bill Nettles, Tom Webb, Chair Laina Shoemake and Vice Chair Gene Hartis. (Photo submitted)

The Kershaw County Clean County Commission recently received a $5,000 Palmetto Pride Grant to help reduce litter within Kershaw County.

“Our objective is simple,” commission member Wanda Swann said in a press release. “We want to make Kershaw County a cleaner and more beautiful community.”

The organization said the grant money it has received will help jumpstart their efforts in reducing the amount of litter in Kershaw County through education, awareness, and action. This includes:

• educating citizens about the concerns of littering utilizing billboards;

• posting signs at public boat ramps to remind boaters to secure their boats before entering the highways;

• bringing litter education into Kershaw County schools;

• working with law enforcement and the court system concerning the enforcement of litter laws;

• collaborating with other community organizations and volunteers to clean the county;

• placing cameras at hot spot litter areas within the county and report litter offenders; and

• organizing spring and fall litter pick-up events.

The commission has already received 500 tarps and tie downs it has distributed to county recycling centers. These tarps and tie downs will be handed out to large trucks needing to secure their loads for transport.

The Clean Community Commission will host its first Litter Pick-Up Day on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. Litter Pick-Up Day is a chance for community organizations, churches, citizens and business owners to come together to beautify Kershaw County. To participate in Litter Pick-Up Day, sign-up by emailing KCCleanCounty@gmail.com.

The Kershaw County Clean County Commission consists of eight commissioners appointed by each county district and one at-large. Reinstated in August 2018, the commission works to make Kershaw County a cleaner and more beautiful county.

Appointed members include Chair Laina Shoemake, Vice Chair Gene Hartis, Wanda Swann, Tom Webb, Bill Mettles, Doug Fielding, Dennis Outlaw and Becky Robinson.