Washington County Virginia Devotes Two Deputies to Litter Control Tri-Cities TimesNews.Net – July 5, 2007 TimesNews.Net Staff “According to Sheriff Fred Newman, the deputies will focus on four areas; implementation of Virginia’s Assign-A-Highway Program, enforcement of the county’s litter laws and cleanup of illegal dumpsites; enforcement of the county’s abandoned vehicle ordinance; education programs for county students and civic organizations.”
Participant: Program Offers a ‘Real Reform’ Martinsville Bulletin – June 25, 2007 Drew Eary, Bulletin Staff Writer “She also said that her time in the program has been a reform for her. “I have done my duty and I know I won’t be doing anything like what I used to do again,” Young said.”
Clean-up Crews Hard at Work Northern Neck News – April 18, 2007 Maggie G. Hall, Northern Neck News Staff “The program has been getting attention and praise from county officials and residents noticing a change along the area’s rural roadways.”
Area to Get Less Trashy Northern Neck News – February 7, 2007 Maggie C. Hall, Northern Neck News Staff “It’s been just a few weeks since Virginia Goode was hired as the litter coordinator for the region’s Assign-A-Highway program, but in that time she has overseen the removal of more than four ton of trash from the Northern Neck’s roadsides.”
Assign-A-Highway Program Back on Track Martinsville Bulletin – February 26, 2007 Shawn Hopkins, Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer “Gaylan Williams, Henry County Assign-A-Highway Coordinator…he said he believes the need to change people’s attitudes is an economic development issue and a cleaner community is an element in attracting “better paying jobs.””
Sentenced to Clean-up Duty Bland County Messenger – February 20, 2007 Justin Harmon, Bland County Messenger Staff ““With the help of a new program, Bland County hopes to take a bite out of crime and roadside littering.” “It’s a great thing,” said Public Works Director Rodney Ratliff. “It’s of no cost to the county and they cleanup the community.””
Judges Key in Efforts to Prevent Littering Bluefield Daily Telegraph – November 24, 2006 Frank Kilgore, St. Paul, VA “Once again Southwest Virginia is leading the way in the state for litter control and local environmental protection.”
Conserving Earns Kudos in Virginia Washington Post – November 16, 2006 Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post Staff Writer “Scenic VA Awards…Best Local Anti-Litter Practices, to the statewide Assign-A-Highway Program, in which people who are on court-ordered probation pick up litter 26 times a year. "The first glimpse many tourists have of Virginia is from the roads, so anything we can do to make them more attractive is going to help business," Powell said.”
New Program Aimed at Keeping County Roads of Litter Martinsville Bulletin – October 24, 2006 Debbie Hall, Bulletin Staff Writer “By keeping the road free of litter, “they develop a sense of ownership” of the road section and a sense of pride in a job well done, Hall said. “Plus, the community gets cleaner.””
Pick Up Trash or Go To Jail Brunswick Times-Gazette - August 9, 2006 Sylvia Allen, Brunswick Times-Gazette “The judge must be on board with the program or it simply will not succeed. Local governing bodies/local officials must be supportive to implement the program,” Justus stated.
Tazewell parolees on cleanup patrol Bluefield Daily Telegraph - July 9, 2006 Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph “Each week, 25 additional probationers will be added to the new “Assign-A-Highway” program with the responsibility of removing trash and litter along one-to-two-mile stretch of roadway, Sam Wolford, the county's director of public safety, said.”
BOS Approves 2006-07 Budget Scott County Virginia Star - June 14, 2006 Lisa Watson McCarty, Publisher “Many county citizens including representatives from Scott County Soil & Conservation District and the Scott County Strategic Planning Committee wanted to implement a probationer assign-a-highway program similar to Buchanan and Dickenson Counties.”
Bring Litter Gitters to Middlesex Southside Sentinel - June 1, 2006 Kathy Kauffman, Topping, VA “The “Assign-A-Highway” program works. Let's try it in Middlesex and have one more reason to be proud of our lovely area.”
Motivated Road Crews Ready to Work Statewide Associated Press - September 25, 2005 “Edwards said,..Many in the Program have become anti-litter advocates, urging family members and neighbors not to litter because it means more work for them.”
Assign-A-Highway The Virginia Mountaineer - January 16, 2003 Cathy St. Clair, Virginia Mountaineer “One of the side benefits to the program, Williams said, is that those made responsible for keeping a section of the roadway clean will become advocates in their own right against litter, encouraging their families and friends not to litter.”
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