April 23, 2008 Edition

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Cleanups netting results in county

Dale Brown, Walnut Ridge Street Department employee, loads small debris that was left after he picked up a pile of limbs with a knuckle boom on Southeast Second Street Tuesday afternoon during the city's cleanup. The machine is used to pick up limbs and other debris. Street Department employees have also been picking up Class IV waste, such as old appliances, during the cleanup.
TD Photo ~ Gloria Wilkerson
Gretchen Hunt

Spring cleanups in Walnut Ridge and Hoxie are winding down, while Black Rock's cleanup is set for this weekend.

Walnut Ridge's cleanup will conclude Saturday. The street department has been picking up items curbside, and dumpsters are available at the city shop, located at 330 Southwest Fourth Street, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Friday, and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Jim Poindexter, superintendent of the Walnut Ridge Street Department, said the cleanup is going well. The response has been very good, and the department still has quite a bit of stuff to pick up that has been set by the road.

Hoxie is hoping to complete its cleanup on Friday. Crews are working in the Northeast section of town now, which is the final section to be served.

Mayor Donnie Roberts said it is evident that residents are doing their personal spring cleaning to take advantage of the citywide pickup.

"We had an extremely good response with residents putting their items out next to the street where we could get to them," he said. "It has been an even better response than last year."

The Black Rock spring cleanup is scheduled for Friday through Sunday. Dumpsters will be available at the old ballpark.

For more information, call the Black Rock City Hall.

Landfill sets free dump day

In addition, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management District will host a free dump day at the landfill in Paragould on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents of Clay, Greene, Lawrence and Randolph counties are eligible to participate in the free dump day.

James Abbey, executive director of the NEA Regional Solid Waste Management District, said he hopes residents will take advantage of the day, which will be held rain or shine.

"This is being offered to allow our residents an opportunity to do spring cleaning and tidy up their neighborhoods during the next few weekends and then haul it to the landfill and dump it for free," he said.

Those bringing items are reminded that there are no employees available to help with unloading. In addition, only solid waste is allowed. The landfill cannot accept liquids, medical waste or hazardous waste.

For directions to the landfill or more information, call 870-239-5572.

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