Ragland Crime Watch group organizes community cleanup

By Kyle Lovern

April 15, 2014

By Kyle Lovern


RAGLAND - The Ragland Crime Watch held a Litter Awareness Day last Saturday at Ragland.

The group had a great day weather-wise with temperatures in the mid-80s. They picked up litter and garbage along the roadway and creek bank.

Crime Watch President Richard Belcher said approximately 300 bags of trash was picked up and hauled away covering about a five-mile area. Approximately 80 volunteers ranging in ages from 8 to 78 years old participated. Most of the volunteers were from the Ragland Crime Watch group. Many were friends and neighbors from Ragland while others came from Delbarton.

“We had a lot of help from our county representatives and their departments and work crews, especially the Mingo County Commission, which supplied the tools, bags, haulage and elbow grease as well,” Belcher said.

Belcher thanked businesses for all their support and help. They included Adams Heating and Cooling, Canada’s Store & Hardware, P.E.C. Battery and Streamline, LLC. Also local churches, including Connolly Memorial Baptist and Rockhouse Freewill Baptist allowed use of their facilities, and Pastor Scott at Rockhouse Church fed all of the volunteers.

Belcher added “This is the cleanest we’ve seen our community in a long time. We are once again taking pride in our community and thanks to all those volunteers who helped.”