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Benton Matters cleans up South Street

By: 21 April 2013 3 Comments

Cleanup1On April 21 (Saturday), over 100 volunteers answered a call for help from Benton Matters to help spruce up South Street in Benton.

Benton Matters, a part of the city’s larger Go Benton initiative, was formed in January. Gary James, executive director of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, said he got the idea to form Benton Matters when thinking of ways to clean up highly visible areas in town so as to make the city more attractive to potential businesses and residents.

Benton Matters’ first project was a cleanup in the Ralph Bunche Community on Martin Luther Jr. Day on Jan. 21. When looking for another project, Benton Matters Chairman Edd Spurlock suggested South Street as an area that needed some attention. So, on April 21, volunteers helped paint the exterior of the Christian Community Care Clinic and picked up trash and yard debris. The volunteers also painted benches at the Senior Activity Center and power washed the facility, too. At the end of the project, trucks provided by the Saline County Solid Waste Management District hauled off at least two dumpsters and two trailers full of trash and yard debris.

The committee hasn’t yet chosen it’s next project, but we at First Arkansas News will announce when and where it will be once Benton Matters makes an announcement.

Meanwhile, we’ve got the following pictures of activities on the South Street cleanup project for your browsing pleasure. Enjoy!

Benton Junior High School students toss trash in bins.

Benton Junior High School students toss trash in bins.

The Christian Community Care Clinic gets a fresh coat of paint.

The Christian Community Care Clinic gets a fresh coat of paint.

Pastor Rick Grant of First Baptist Church of Benton weed eats brush at the Senor Activity Center.

Pastor Rick Grant of First Baptist Church of Benton weed eats brush at the Senor Activity Center.

Benton Junior High School students pose with Smarty the Fox, the intrepid mascot of the Saline County Solid Waste Management District.

Benton Junior High School students pose with Smarty the Fox, the intrepid mascot of the Saline County Solid Waste Management District.

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Benton Matters Committee Member Bob Miller hands out assignments to cleanup teams.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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3 Comments »

  • Kristin Higgins said:

    Great idea! I suggest the committee look at cleaning up local creeks.

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Kristin — I’m the vice-chair of the committee so that suggestion will be made!

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