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Cleanup campaign is welcomed in county

A Clean Community Campaign is underway in McDuffie County and some say it's a much-welcomed idea.

The campaign recently was born from conversations between people involved in this year's Leadership McDuffie Program.

Two of the people spearheading the drive include Lem Brooks, a longtime local businessman and former elected official, along with Ray Roquemore, a retired executive with Lockheed, who now makes his home in McDuffie County.

Already the group's idea has caught on to the liking of not only local government officials, but at least one civic group, too -- the Thomson Kiwanis Club. Local Kiwanis Club members heard about the Clean Community Campaign during their weekly luncheon on Monday at the Thomson Depot.

Others, meanwhile, heard about it during the quarterly meeting of the Thomson-McDuffie County Industrial Development Authority held last Wednesday. Members of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners and several residents recently heard about the program at a recent commission meeting.

Mr. Brooks and Mr. Roquemore have been most vocal about the importance of putting together a community-wide cleanup campaign.

"This is something that's badly needed in McDuffie County," said Mr. Brooks, during last week's meeting of the Thomson-McDuffie Industrial Authority.

At the commission meeting, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Roquemore sought and received the support of commissioners in their quest to curtail trash problems throughout McDuffie County. The men told commissioners they were not seeking funds -- only their support.

"We want to beautify the communities where we live," said Mr. Brooks.

The Clean Community Campaign kicked off on trash amnesty day which recently was held in McDuffie County.

"We are trying to get and instill community pride in the areas where we live," said Mr. Brooks.

Mr. Roquemore added that the program has to be tackled from personal pride point.

"This is something we need to do all the time," he pointed out.

He also believes that people throwing out trash or discarding other items, such as furniture and appliances should be fined.

Web posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010

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