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Social Circle to hold 4th cleanup day

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Social Circle officials don't want residents only thinking about the inside of their homes when they are spring cleaning this year. They also want them to remember the outside community.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, school groups, neighborhoods, churches, area businesses, civic groups and other community residents are invited to clean up the city as part of the biannual City-Wide Cleanup.

"It's an attempt to make the city look more attractive," said Mayor Jim Burgess. "We do have a serious litter problem in the city, and we're trying to educate people more about that. This is a very concentrated effort, and we hope people help out."

Individuals and groups are asked to gather at the Visitors Center, located at 165 E. Hightower Trail in Social Circle, for sausage biscuits and coffee, as well as brief entertainment from the Kidz in Step dance studio, at 8 a.m. Saturday. Afterward, they will get their safety vests, plastic bags, gloves and litter grabbers and head off to an assigned area to clean up for an hour or two.

Adopt-a-Street programs have assigned groups around the city on designated streets, and other volunteers can sign up to join current groups or take on unassigned areas of the city. Usually, at least around 100 volunteers come out for the event, which is in its fourth year and usually takes place in the fall and spring.

"We're hoping for good weather and hope to get people out here to help," said Mike Miller, Social Circle Better Hometown manager.

They also encouraged residents to continually clean up any litter or other unsightly items around their homes, neighborhoods and the city -- not just on cleanup days.

"We hope to keep our hometown pretty," Miller said. "We want to keep Walton County beautiful."