The Wattsville Community clean-up last Saturday has been deemed “A huge success.” The Sheriff’s Office-spearheaded project was the first installment of a “One Community at a Time” concept that kicked off Saturday in the Wattsville community. A crowd of more than 200 volunteers braved tropical humidity and damp conditions to clean litter off the streets surrounding the now demolished Watts Mill.
Sheriff Chastain said “This initiative focused on litter control, beautification, crime reduction, and just getting to know your neighbors.”
Volunteers began gathering in the parking lot ofLucasAvenueBaptistChurchearly Saturday morning before departing in groups to designated areas across the Wattsville community.
Planning for the project began in February with Sheriff’s Office personnel contacting community leaders. As the date drew closer, Sheriff’s deputies canvassed the Wattsville community with flyers describing the project and promoting community fellowship.
Labor from inmates at the Laurens County Detention Center was utilized to do an initial sweep of the project area to eliminate any overly congested areas.
The day ended with a block party that included free food and entertainment and an outdoor movie at sunset.
Plans are to target two communities per year with in this “One Community at a Time” project. The Joanna community is to be featured in the fall this year.