ASHE COUNTY — The community organization Keep Ashe Beautiful announced Wednesday, March 18, that it is canceling its Spring litter sweep scheduled for April 4, due to concerns over the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

“Keep Ashe Beautiful is keenly aware of the concerns surrounding Coronavirus and, after considerable thought, we have decided to cancel the April 4th county wide litter sweep,” KAB Executive Bill Apple said in a statement sent to registered participants. “However, we do not want to discourage individuals or small groups, providing they take adequate precautions and adhere to county or state instructions, to continue to clear trash from our roads.”

The organization is continuing to encourage people to clean up Ashe County, with KAB yellow safety tee shirts, drive safely signs, grabbers, bags, gloves and bottled water available for those who choose to do so. People interested can email for more information.

There has been no decision made yet about the litter sweep planned for Oct. 3.

Keep Ashe Beautiful is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to educate and inspire individuals to take action every day to improve and beautify the community environment.

For more information about Keep Ashe Beautiful, visit their Facebook page @KeepAsheBeautiful or contact

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.