WALHALLA — Signs have been posted along a two-mile stretch in Oconee County along S.C. 11 indicating that the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Adopt-a-Highway program.
The area encompasses where the Scenic Highway intersects S.C. 183 down to Oconee Station Road near Pickett Post Road.
The Sheriff’s Office is required to pick up trash along its designated stretch of highway at least four times a year and deputies and their families have done so already once. The officers, staff and their families volunteer their time on Saturdays to meet the goals of the Adopt-a-Highway program.
The Sheriff’s Office wanted to adopt this part of S.C. 11 in part to remember Deputy Bill Schuck, who died in this area in February 2010.
“This is a great way for the employees of the Sheriff’s Office to give back to their community,” said Corp. Tim Rice, environmental services officer for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. “It is my hope that we are setting a good example for the citizens and residents we serve to get involved in their communities and give back as well.”
The signs designating that the Sheriff’s Office had adopted the highway were posted back in the early part of April. Fred Baline is the Adopt-a-Highway coordinator for Oconee County.
Palmetto Pride keeps track of the amount of trash that has been picked up in terms of the pounds of trash, plus the number of people that participate in the trash pick-ups and the number of hours that volunteers work.
The S.C. Department of Transportation put up the Adopt-a-Highway signs and provide the volunteers with safety vests and bags used to pick up the litter.