Awards presented for keeping county clean

By JoAnna Swanson | Mar 01, 2014
Award winners included: Jeff Haynes, Gail Heathman, Suzanne Miller, Mark Ethridge, Jarvis Hampton, Sharon Flowe, Pat Maier (accepting the award for Ken Zulla), Sheriff Greg Christopher, Captain Jim Schick and Robin Smith.

The “Community Pride” program of the Commission for a Clean County (CCC) honored 10 recipients for excellent environmental stewardship at the Board’s gala Awards luncheon on Feb. 26 at the Waynesville Inn.

Commissioner Bill Upton spoke on the mission of the CCC, which is to help raise awareness of the great advantages — financially, healthwise and aesthetically — of a clean county.

Mark Ethridge, Sharon Flowe, Jarvis Hampton, Suzanne Miller and Ken Zulla all won their award for individual effort. The Canton Advisory Appearance Committee, the Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District (H.S.W.C.D.) and the Sheriff’s Department won for a group’s outstanding work. Robin Smith accepted the award for Canton, Gail Heathman accepted for the H.S.W.C.D and besides the Award for the Department, Sheriff Greg Christopher, Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes and Captain Jim Schick all received individual “Certificates of Appreciation”

Recognition awards are given in several categories: litter control, recycling efforts, beautification projects to enrich the county and forms of environmental stewardship, such as “green” building, use of non-toxic fuels and new technology which is non-polluting and can improve the environment.

The goal of the CCC is to recognize those who make special efforts to clean the air and the earth.

Also debuting at the luncheon was the CCC’s newest project to educate the very young on the importance of a clean environment. A coloring book contest of black and white drawings featuring a “Do Not Litter” theme was held in all nine elementary schools for the kindergarten and first grade.

Eighteen winners were selected by a panel of school judges.  The CCC had printed 1,200 coloring books of the winning drawings to be distributed to all K-1 pupils in the County school system.  The names of the winning children were read to luncheon guests by Ron Moss, Supervisor of Haywood County Elementary Schools.

In the first picture are winners Jeff Haynes, Gail Heathman, Suzanne Miller, Mark Ethridge, Jarvis Hampton, Sharon Flowe, Pat Maier (accepting the award for Ken Zulla), Sheriff Greg Christopher, Captain Jim Schick and Robin Smith.  In the second picture, Ron Moss reads the names of the winning children.

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