19,831 bags of trash collected

on roads last week

GAINESVILLE - Department of Transportation District Engineer, Russell McMurry announced the collection of 19,831 bags of trash from Northeast Georgia's state routes and interstates. In Northeast Georgia last week DOT used over 10,100 man hours picking up litter at a cost of over $223,000.

"This year we picked up 3,000 bags more than last year. It's very discouraging that people are literally trashing our roads," McMurry said. "Most people don't think of the consequences of their actions. Not only do we have to stop our regular work and pick up trash, but litter is a safety hazard. When the wind is blowing hard, it picks up litter and can blow it into traffic. We continually hear stories of a shopping bag or a cup with a soft drink still in it being blown into a windshield, impairing the driver's vision. Litter also costs us time and money. Please think before you act and don't trash our roads."

Georgia DOT work crews routinely retrieve trash that was tossed from cars and debris from unsecured truck loads and garbage that is illegally dumped.

"Sadly, the litter problem is to be growing statewide. In 2001 litter clean up efforts cost Georgia DOT $11 million. Last year the cost was $14 million," said Deputy Commissioner Larry Dent. "Just like you, we don't like to clean up after anyone else, so please take responsibility for your own actions and make sure your trash is disposed of properly."

Georgia DOT makes a year-round concentrated effort to educate the public on litter pickup and prevention through personal appearances in schools, encouraging Adopt-a-Highway groups and planting wildflower plots along interstates and state routes.

Walk-A-Mile event to be held April 29

WINDER - The third Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes event will be held April 29.

The annual event benefits Victims Into Survivors Through Advocacy. Both male and female participants are encouraged to don their favorite pair of women's shoes for the walk, which raises awareness about sexual violence.

Awards will be given for gaudiest shoe, most painful shoe and best costume.

Registration will begin at

2 p.m. at the Winder Pavilion. For more information, call 770-586-5423.

Cleanup in progress

WINDER - The Great American Cleanup continues today and Friday.

Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Keep Barrow Beautiful and the city of Winder are collecting latex paint, tires, computers and other items at the Barrow County Administrative Annex at 233 E. Broad St. in Winder. For more information, call 770-307-3020.

Golf tournament upcoming

WINDER - The Barrow County Chamber of Commerce's annual golf tournament will be held May 9 at The Georgia Club.

To register, call Debi at 770-867-9444.

Veterans' lunch

to be held

WINDER - Barrow County will hold a veteran's lunch April 12.

Maj. Gen. David Poythress will honor the county's oldest and youngest veterans at the event. The lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Leisure Services building. The Army Band will perform.

Tickets are $15. To order them, call the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce at 770-867-9444.

Rummage sale needs donations

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Humane Society is collecting items for a rummage sale.

Items for the fourth annual Wag Your Tail rummage sale may be dropped off at the Administration Center any time before July 16. A specific drop-off time can be scheduled by calling 770-798-7711, line 1, or e-mailing WAG@gwinnetthumane.com.

The sale will be Saturday, July 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gwinnett Humane Society Administration Center.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.