Landfill, Convenience Centers To Be Closed Thursday, November 23

Facilities closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day

The Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority has announced the holiday hours of operation for it’s four facilities in Whitfield County. Locations include the Old Dixie Landfill & Convenience Center, McGaughey Chapel Convenience Center in Cohutta, Westside Convenience Center in Rocky Face, and the M.L. King Convenience Center in Dalton. 

All locations will be open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22 including the McGaughey Chapel location that is normally closed on Wednesdays. All four sites will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. All locations will reopen on Friday, November 24 from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and resume normal hours.

For more information visit or call 706-277-2545.


Thanksgiving Day Holiday Schedule:

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – All Locations OPEN - EARLY CLOSING: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM  (McGaughey Chapel Normally Closed)

  • Thursday, November 23, 2017 – All Locations CLOSED – Thanksgiving Day

  • Friday, November 24, 2017 – All Locations OPEN – 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Resume Normal Schedule)


POSTPONED - Conasauga River Watershed CleanUp 2017

(Dalton, GA, October 27, 2017) –  Due to inclement weather the 23rd Annual Conasauga River Watershed CleanUp has been postponed until Spring 2018.

For information about when the event will be held call Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful at 706-278-5001, visit, or join the organization’s page on Facebook

One of the largest local volunteer events in the community the annual Conasauga River Clean-up is hosted in partnership with several local non-profits, businesses, and environmental organizations during United Way’s Make a Difference Day. Last year 290 volunteers from Whitfield County and Murray County removed more than 10,000 pounds of garbage from 7 locations. 

Billboard Design Contest Winner for 2017 Announced

The winning billboard design by Lily Woodring will be placed at two locations in Whitfield County during the month of November in celebration of America Recycles Day. The theme for her design is “I recycle! Do you?”. 

The winning billboard design by Lily Woodring will be placed at two locations in Whitfield County during the month of November in celebration of America Recycles Day. The theme for her design is “I recycle! Do you?”. 

(Dalton, GA, October 24, 2017) – Valley Point Middle School 7th grader, Lily Woodring, is the overall winner of the 2017 America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest hosted by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority’s program Target Recycling at School. The winning design will be displayed on two billboards in Whitfield County (one on Glenwood Ave., and the other on E. Walnut Ave.) during the month of November.


Ms. Woodring’s design, which was chosen out of 106 entries, includes the phrase “I recycle! Do you?” one of the themes of the contest. The artwork is an illustration of the Earth surrounded by smiling bottles, cans, and paper holding hands with a girl. They’re joining together to make the Earthy happy by recycling which results in the conservation of natural resources.


The billboard design contest, now in its eighth year, has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner from each grade level including 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. The nine winners, listed below, received a certificate of participation and a gift bag with items made from recycled materials. The first place overall, who is the winner of the billboard, was selected from the first-place design from each grade level.


6th grade:

  • 1st Place – Ruby Carrillo, Eastbrook Middle School
  • 2nd Place – Ismael Pimentel, Eastbrook Middle School
  • 3rd Place – Melanie Figueroa, Eastbrook Middle School


7th grade:

  • 1st Place and Overall Winner – Lily Woodring, Valley Point Middle School
  • 2nd Place – Ashlay Zamora, Valley Point Middle School
  • 3rd Place – Javier Ayabar, Valley Point Middle School


8th grade:

  • 1st Place – Rocio Arredondo, Eastbrook Middle School
  • 2nd Place – Yosdel Castañeda, Eastbrook Middle School
  • 3rd Place – Isaac Fraire, Eastbrook Middle School


Target Recycling at School provides recycling collection services and environmental education opportunities to schools in Whitfield County. For more information, call 706-278-5001 or visit


America Recycles Day is a community-driven event dedicated to promoting recycling awareness, commitment, and action in the U.S. thru its partnership with Keep America Beautiful. It’s celebrated annually on November 15. For more information on recycling, and to take the pledge to #BeRecycled visit

23rd Annual Conasauga Watershed Clean-Up Next Saturday at 7 Locations

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Whitfield County and Murray County residents are invited to participate in the 23rd Annual Conasauga Watershed Clean-up event on Saturday, October 28 to help keep local waterways clean at one of seven locations.

One of the largest local volunteer events in the community the annual Conasauga River Clean-up is hosted in partnership with several local non-profits, businesses, and environmental organizations during United Way’s Make a Difference Day.

Last year 290 volunteers picked up and removed more than 10,000 pounds of garbage from seven locations. “Volunteers that come out and participate are of all ages and walks of life so it is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other people while doing a service for your community.” Said Amelia Atwell, an event participant.

One of the six most biologically diverse freshwater river systems in the United States, the Conasauga River supports 24 endangered species and a dozen other imperiled species, including the Southern Pigtoe mussel and the Conasauga logperch, a fish found nowhere else in the world.

This year’s event takes place concurrently from 9:00 am to noon at seven different sites across both Whitfield and Murray counties. Be a part of the tradition by volunteering at one of the following locations:

1. Conasauga River at Carlton Petty Road bridge

2. Conasauga River at Highway 2 bridge

3. Conasauga River at Lower King’s Bridge and Norton Bridge

4. Holly Creek, Murray County, on the Chattahoochee National Forest

5. Mill Creek tributary in the City of Dalton

6. Coahulla Creek at Prater’s Mill

7. Lakeshore Park in the City of Dalton

Participants are encouraged to arrive early for on-site registration. Volunteers can expect to spend a couple of hours in the morning picking up trash and, depending on the location, removing invasive plants like Chinese privet. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes or boots, long pants, and long sleeve shirts. Gloves, and trash bags will be provided at each site. T-shirts with this year’s river cleanup logo will be available on a first come first serve basis.  

To learn more about the river cleanup call Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful at 706-278-5001 or visit to download the event flyer with directions to each site. Join and share the event on Facebook page at

Gretchen Lugthart, a long-time organizer of the event, stated “I think we have made some progress regarding people’s attitudes toward trash in this region, but until everyone respects our beautiful streams and rivers enough to dispose of trash properly, then we will have work to do.”

Event sponsors and organizers include: Shaw Industries, J+J Flooring Group, The Nature Conservancy, Rivers Alive, Dalton Utilities, United Way of Northwest Georgia, Dalton State College, Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, Whitfield County Public Works, Conasauga River Alliance, Limestone Valley RC&D, US Forest Service, Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful, Murray County and Whitfield County Extension, Keep Chatsworth-Murray Beautiful, and Murray County Public Works.

2017 School Beautification Grant Winners

(Dalton, GA, September 15, 2017) – Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful is pleased to announce the winners of the third annual School Beautification Grants for 2017. The committee for Beautification and Community Greening established the grant program in celebration of National Planting Day, which took place September 8 and is celebrated thru the end of November.

Public and private schools in the Dalton, GA and Whitfield County were invited to apply for funding to implement a project related to planting native plants and beautifying the community. Each project aims to improve the visual aspects of the facility or provide an educational opportunity related to plants. Beautification grants range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $250.

This year the following ten schools were awarded a grant for their National Planting Day project:

1.    Blue Ridge Elementary School: Bringing New Life to Our Garden

2.    Dalton Middle School: Pollinator Garden for Bird Sanctuary

3.    Park Creek School: STEAM Garden Georgia Style

4.    Dalton High School: Renovation Recovery!

5.    Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy and Phoenix High School: School Beautification

6.    Antioch Elementary School: Courtyard Beautification

7.    Morris Innovative High School: First Impressions

8.    Tunnel Hill Elementary: Recreating the LeVerne Damron Reading Garden

9.    Dalton Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology: Bringing the Beauty from Within to the Surface

10. Roan School: Garden Club Pollinator Project


Projects will be completed by December 1 and each recipient will submit a project summary by December 19 to showcase their work. Visit Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful’s website or follow them on Facebook to get updates on the progress of these projects.  

National Planting Day is celebrated annually by Keep America Beautiful in the fall as an opportunity to encourage volunteers to plant native species restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. Learn more about this event at