Area spruces up

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Homeowners aren't the only ones sprucing up things for Masters Week visitors. City and county workers have been busy getting ready, too.

Some plan to get in finishing touches along some of the area's downtown thoroughfares today.

"We should be in high gear," said Sam Smith, of Richmond County's landscaping division.

Mr. Smith said workers are mulching along downtown streets.

He said his department also has been working at the Augusta Common in preparation for Monday's Mayor's Masters Reception.

"We're throwing pine straw and mulch as fast as we can," he said.

Work also has been occurring along some downtown streets in Aiken.

"We're mowing, trying to keep everything looking good," said Tom Rapp, the city's horticulturist. He said the city also has been making a concerted effort to control litter.

Columbia County is also beautifying some of its main corridors, including Washington, Belair and Furys Ferry roads. Barry Smith, the county's community and leisure services director, said workers are putting down fresh pine straw and making sure litter is picked up.

Reach Preston Sparks at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

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SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 04/03/09 - 06:32 am
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What about the rest of the

What about the rest of the year? I know the budget is tight, so let prisoners learn gardening skills.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/03/09 - 07:49 am
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We have to put on a good

We have to put on a good front. This place is a horrible place to live 51 weeks of the year. I think this is the only time of year I see we have street sweepers.

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CKB 04/03/09 - 08:18 am
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I totally agree. The rest of

I totally agree. The rest of the year Augusta looks like a slum area. Augusta looks like a slum area 51 weeks of the year compared to other cities. Weeds get as tall as some small trees, trash is everywhere. What ever happened to the chain gang? It is time we wake up and become the city we should have already become. We are so backwards and that is sad. A few flowers here and there does not make us the "Garden City". The only time grass is cut is during this dreaded time of the year. It would be nice to see a cleaned up city for a place we all call home, but I guess this is the way the citizens of Augusta are told we do not count. Wild flowers on the side of the road would be nice. Streets cleaned (yes those machines called street sweepers that are brought out of storage once a year and dusted off for the holier than thou tournament) could/should be used much more frequently- but again citizens don't count- that is pretty obvious. Instead of making us the garden city, our decision makers have chosen a different route- we are now the concrete city with walls along the highways so there is no chance of seeing trees, must less flowers. Visitors welcome to our beautiful concrete city.

what is wrong with you
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what is wrong with you 04/03/09 - 03:58 pm
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move!

move!

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