Cullman County cleans up at annual PALS Governor’s Awards

Representing Hanceville Elementary School: left to right are Aistin Gable, Amy Gable, Jeff Gable, Michelle Pender and Stacie Olinger. (Courtesy of Marcia Pender)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County was well represented in Montgomery last Wednesday at the Alabama People Against a Littered State (PALS) Governor’s Awards Program luncheon. Alabama PALS hosts the annual luncheon to “recognize groups and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment in the areas of litter control, recycling, local cleanup efforts, environmental education and volunteerism.”

Local schools were among the winners as Hanceville Elementary School took home second place in the Clean Campus Awards. The school received a plaque and a check for $750. Parkside Elementary and Cullman City Primary School tied for third place and each received a plaque and $250.

Cullman County PALS Chairperson Cherrie Haney said, “In all my years going to these awards, I have never seen a tie. That’s great!”

Governor’s Awards winners included the City of Cullman Sanitation Department, which won the Outstanding City Award. The Governor’s Award for Law Enforcement went to Sheriff Matt Gentry and the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office for its dedication to picking up litter on Cullman County roads. The Cullman County PALS Committee won the Governor’s Outstanding County Award for overall excellence.

Haney said of the honor, “As you can see with the other winners, we have a great team in Cullman County with everyone working together. We all want Cullman to shine.”

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