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This is a follow up to our trash editorial of Friday. If you missed it you can see it at In our editorial we talked about the massive amount of trash that is littering the byways and highways of our county.

We suggested that neighbors get together and collect the trash on the highways near their homes. We have another suggestion.

Newton County has an unemployment rate of 11.7 percent as of Dec. 2011. As a result, many of our local residents are collecting unemployment checks. Our suggestion is that these folks might volunteer to work some hours each week and pick up trash. It certainly is not a glorious job, but the efforts put out would be appreciated. Including on your resume that you gave time back to your community would only be a plus for future employment.

If you are unemployed we wish you the best in trying to find a job that meets your requirements. In the meantime you can be a service to your neighbors and your community.

To secure free trash bags or for advice please contact, Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful at 770-784-2015.

Additionally, the folks at KCNB will be sponsoring the Great American Cleanup March 24. Your civic or church group might want to mark that date down.

Together we can truly keep Newton County beautiful.