‘Take Pride Day’ set for Saturday April 13
by Eddie Burkhalter
This year marks the third that the city of Jacksonville will hold the “Take Pride in Jacksonville” day. The event will take place Saturday, April 13.

It is meant to give the community a chance to clean up their neighborhoods, and save a little money doing it.

Sherry Blanton, volunteer chairperson for the event, said that the Jacksonville-Piedmont landfill would be free for Jacksonville residents from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To take part in the community-wide clean-up, residents are asked to register at City Hall on Church Street at 8:45 a.m. that Saturday.

Large household garbage items, recyclables and paint cans can be brought to City Hall that day as well, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

“We get a nice turnout from all over town,” Blanton said. “People come out to basically take pride in their town…What I’d like is for us not to have to pick up litter, but there is litter. We have great city workers but they can’t pick it all up.”

The Jacksonville Cub Scout Pack No. 19 will be helping residents at City Hall, and will be collecting aluminum cans which the pack uses as a fundraiser.

Last year, groups from Jacksonville State University walked the Chief Ladiga Trail picking up trash, Blanton said, and she expects a large turnout from the community this year as well.

“This is the day that you say, I care about Jacksonville and I want it to be nice,” Blanton said.

The event is sponsored by the City of Jacksonville, RSVP, Calhoun County Recycling Center, Calhoun County Beautification Board and County Commissioner Rudy Abbott. For more information, please call RSVP at 256-435-5091.
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