No pride; litterbugs continue

Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo The litter problem in the area continues to be an eyesore.

Kyle’s Korner …

It truly disappoints and disgusts me to continue to see all of the litter that lines our beautiful countryside.

I walk daily in my neighborhood with my dog Petey. He and I both see all of the junk lying beside our street, up Cinderella Hollow and nearby highway. Unfortunately he likes to sniff about every fast food wrapper he comes across.

Every day it seems there are new fast food containers, wrappers, cups and other trash thrown from vehicles. There are soda bottles, beer cans and plastic solo cups (with tobacco juice) and much more.

If you drive along U.S. 52, Corridor G, State Rt. 49 and 65 or any other county road, you’ll see plenty of litter.

Why people can’t just wait until they get home or to their next destination to throw this trash in a proper container puzzles me.

Apparently there is no pride among many of our local citizens.

I would like to see the local schools have an educational program to train our younger generation that this is not acceptable. Maybe we can break the cycle.

I know there have been some programs like this in the past, but I don’t think we currently have any.

There are some citizens in many communities that volunteer to pick up the litter and trash. But it is a continuous battle.

I would like to see more volunteers and maybe folks join the Adopt-A-Highway program to try to battle this never-ending problem. I know that in the Chattaroy community, Eric Curry has taken on the crusade to clean up that hollow. He took this on before their recent CJHS reunion.

I have friends up in the Meador area that pick up the litter on a weekly basis.

I’m not trying to pat myself on the back, but I picked up a garbage bag of litter again this week. I figure I need to practice what I preach.

I made the statement on social media that I might start placing cups on branches and horseweeds like the late Charlie Blevins did back in the 1980s when he would take his daily walks in the Nolan and Borderland area. So I did just that the next day when I saw more litter thrown out. I just thought it might help drive home the point.

If you see anyone throwing out something from a vehicle, take down their license number and report it to a local law enforcement agency. If you see someone throw down a cigarette butt or soda can, call them out on this action.

We need to join together as Tug Valley area citizens and combat this issue.

Our area is a tourist destination for ATV riders, Hatfield-McCoy and other history buffs, but it is embarrassing when they come into our region and see all of the litter along the highways.

The Delbarton Homecoming is happening this weekend in Delbarton, the King Coal Festival in Williamson is coming up September 18-19, the Trailfest at Gilbert is in October and other events are planned for different communities.

We need to help our communities prepare for these events in order to make a good presentation for our towns.

It will take a team effort. Let’s all get on the same page.

Try to instill a sense of pride in your neighbors and spread the word.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

Kyle Lovern/WDN Photo The litter problem in the area continues to be an eyesore. Lovern/WDN Photo The litter problem in the area continues to be an eyesore.
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