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Great American Cleanup makes Bulloch sparkle
Hundreds fan out to pick up trash around county
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Jeanette Sapp, president of the Student Council at Ogeechee Technical College, chuckles as some of the items she finds along U.S. 301 while participating in Saturday's Great American Cleanup. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

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      Bulloch County should be sparkling today after hundreds of volunteers combed the roadsides Saturday during the Seventh Annual Great American Cleanup.

            Volunteers joined members of Keep Bulloch Beautiful Saturday morning to pick up litter, debris and other items scattered along the county's roadways.

            KBB members handed out tee shirts, orange vests, trash bags, rubber gloves, flower seeds and refreshments at the following locations:  Honey Bowen Building, Portal City Hall, Register Community Center, Brooklet City Hall, the Food Bank on Proctor Street, Akins Boulevard at Georgia Southern University, and at other meeting places throughout the county.

            At the Portal City Hall, volunteers appeared one by one to secure supplies before tackling several areas around the city. Suddenly, a large group of people filled the city hall with hands out for garbage bags and gloves, ready to attack the litter problem around Haganville, a community near Portal.

            "We're with the Eastern Star New Starlight chapter," said Julie Lee as she gathered armfuls of shirts and bags for about 16 volunteers. "I'm here because I want to beautify Portal."

            Travis Ellison, 8, said he was more than ready to "pick up trash to 'Keep Bulloch Beautiful.'"

            Trashing the highways "is mean," he said. "It's littering."

            Wanda Walker appeared with a host of nieces and nephews ready to work. "I want to help keep it clean around here," she said.

            KBB volunteer David Yates and board member Erin Shuman were kept buy handing out supplies, drinks and refreshments to energize the volunteers.

            "It's been going really well," Yates said after having a busy morning at only 9 a.m. "We've had about 40 signed up, and we're almost at 40 already now. It's only been 30 minutes."

            The Great American Cleanup event is " a very good effort and definitely helps with the litter problem."

            Larry Davis brought a crew from the Mason's  #375 - Truthful Lodge.

            "We're just trying to put back into the community," he said. "Trying to keep this area as clean as possible."

            Saturday was his second time in participating in the Great American Cleanup. "We did it last year, and it was great."

            Volunteers were served lunch provided by Subway.

            "The Great American Cleanup is an annual event that brings together thousands of volunteers all over Bulloch County to improve our community by conducting roadside litter cleanups, habitat restoration projects, downtown improvements and community center improvements," said Brooke Carney, KBB Director. "The event not only improves the quality of life in Bulloch County, but also builds pride in everyone who takes part in the Great American Cleanup."
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