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Litter sweep to begin Monday

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LAURINBURG – The GREEN Committee of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce will head up a campaign to make the community “cleaner and greener” with a litter sweep starting Sept. 9.


“When we have visitors who come into our county, we want them to see a community of people who care and take care of the blessings they have been given,” said JR Horne, sweep organizer. “The Litter Sweep is an opportunity for the community to come together and really make a difference in the appearance of our surroundings.”


This is the second time the committee has run the Litter Sweep for an entire week.


“This past spring, our groups picked up over 11,000 pounds of trash off of our streets,” said Leroy McIntyre, chairman of the GREEN Committee. “The success of the week-long Litter Sweep was overwhelming and we are thankful to have all of that trash off of our streets. We hope to have all those people and more to help this upcoming week.”


According to Chamber of Commerce President Tonia Stephenson, a clean community can make businesses take a second look when seeking a new location.


“When visitors or potential investors enter Scotland County, it is imperative the community puts its best foot forward to encourage others to want to come to our county and potentially invest in our community through bringing industry or retail,” she said.


To sign up for the Litter Sweep, stop by the Chamber of Commerce office at 606 Atkinson St. There will be a small gift for everyone who signs up, and cash prizes will be given to two teams who pick up the most trash throughout the week.


For more information, call Tonia Stephenson at 910-276-7420 or email her at tstephenson@laurinburgchamber.com.

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