Sherry Blanton’s goal this year is the same as it’s always been. She’s asking everyone to show appreciation for their city by participating in Take Pride Day in Jacksonville Saturday, April 22. This will be the seventh year Blanton has planned the day to spruce up the city. The day begins with registration at City Hall at 8 a.m.

Arrangements have been made at the Jacksonville-Piedmont landfill for residents to drop off items free from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Items can be brought to City Hall for recycling, shredding and trash collection (including paint cans) from 8 a.m.-noon. Items that can be dropped off for recycling include cardboard, paper, plastic, electronics (except for monitors and televisions) and aluminum cans for Cub Scout Pack 19.

Councilwoman Sandra Sudduth has made arrangements with RMC-Jacksonville to again provide a document shredder. The limit is six standard size bags or boxes per vehicle.

“Organize your neighbors for a spring cleanup of your neighborhood,” Blanton said. “Please come out on April 22 and pick up litter. Let’s make our town shine.”

Mayor Johnny Smith invites everyone to join Blanton and others and help tidy up the city that day.

“Sherry has headed up the Take Pride Day in Jacksonville for many years now,” he said. “This gives everyone an opportunity to get out and clean up their town. We invite everyone to help pick up litter on the side of roads, clean up lots and make Jacksonville look better that day. Sherry has done an excellent job. We have JSU students coming out to help. It’s a great time to get a lot of work done.”

The event is sponsored by the Calhoun County Landfill, Calhoun County Commissioners, Jacksonville State University and the City of Jacksonville.