Spring has arrived.

The other day I said it seemed as if one day the front lawn’s grass was dead, and the next I began to see blooms of flowers.

I’m ready to see all of the beautiful colors of spring, hear the birds chirping, and enjoy the rays of sunshine.

Let’s just hope that the beauty of this county will be able to be appreciated with the amount of litter that tends to stagger county roads.

Delegate James E. Edmunds recently kicked off his “litter bill,” that does raise the fine for littering, but more importantly, brings everyone’s attention to an every-present problem, throwing trash on the ground.

To help keep things clean around the county, the Halifax County Improvement Council is partnering with area agencies and the community once again to host a Community Clean-Up Day on April 17 encouraging individuals to clean up their neighborhood.

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a full-scale road clean-up project. But, I’ll never forget the days my mother gave my sister and I a Food Lion bag and asked us to walk around the yard and fill our bags with whatever trash we could find.

We’d get some change in return and an eye-opening experience that showed us just the kinds of things that people left on the sides of the roads from Cheeto’s bags to soda cans.

Also, in addition to Edmunds’ litter bill and efforts to encourage clean up and minimize littering in the first place, he also is working to have new signage created for the county to help deter littering.

But, he needs help from the creative minds around the county.

He’s asking individuals to create a sign that may include artwork, but is not necessary.

He said they’re looking for one design that can be erected all over Halifax County to help deter littering. His office is offering $200 for the winning entry, which will be picked by a small committee on Earth Day, April 22.

There is no age limit. Entries may be mailed to his office, Delegate James Edmunds P.O. Box 1115 Halifax VA. 24558 or emailed to James@friendsofjamesedmunds.com.

Deadline for entry is Friday, April 16.

Also, for those looking for a chance to support the South Boston Speedway, visit https://bit.ly/VoteForSoBo. They’re particpating in the Advance Auto Parts My Track Challenge, a contest for NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series tracks.

You can vote up to three times a day until Tuesday, April 27.

A $50,000 prize will be awarded to the winning track that can be used toward facility enhancements and community-based programs. The runner-up track will receive $15,000 and the third-place track will receive $10,000.

There’s nothing like supporting your hometown track, and their delicious bologna burgers. I’m digging their new social media campaign, even though they scared me a little with their tofu prank.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com