Pictures from the 2014 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off

Hundreds of volunteers showed up early on Saturday, April 5th at Whitehouse City Park to help pick up trash around Whitehouse. This yearly event is the signature event of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful, and a nationwide event sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.


Keep Texas Beautiful Offers Scholarships to 2014 High School seniors!

Attention 2014 Texas High School Seniors!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship Contest.

Sponsored by Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, the Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and/or communities and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.

Any Texas high school senior planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university next year and currently attending public, private, or home school may apply. One $3,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded this spring to students planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited university or college in Texas.

Applications deadline for online submission or postmarked by April 4, 2014, Midnight (CST). Both digital and mailed applications will be accepted, and will be judged based on student essays detailing creative solutions to litter problems.

For more information and to access the application, please visit

SATURDAY APRIL 5 is the 2014 Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off!

IMG_3287As we start planning our new year, there’s a big event in town that you will want to save the date for:  the annual Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off!  This year, the big cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 5th.

We are looking for individuals, organizations, student classes, businesses and neighborhoods to help us this year.  It’s a half-day filled with fun and fellowship while helping to make a difference in our community.

“Last year we had more than 300 people and we are expecting a great turnout again from our community,” said Beverly Casey, KWB President. “These volunteers make all the difference in the world. It’s not only the fact that they are picking up litter that day. They’re also making everyone who is driving by aware of litter. Trash doesn’t just ‘go away.’ Someone has to pick it up–so don’t throw it out in the first place.”IMG_3307

The event starts at Whitehouse City Park for registration and t-shirt pickup for the first 300 participants.  Then it’s off to a section of roadway with a group to pick up trash.  Those who come are encouraged to wear long pants, close-toed shoes, long-sleeve shirts and hats. They also may want to bring gloves, sunscreen and bug repellant. The first 300 to arrive at the event will get a free t-shirt, compliments of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful.

According to Keep Whitehouse Beautiful member Dorothy LaFlure, “We’re expecting a great turnout again from our community,” she said. “It makes all the difference in the world. It’s not only the fact that they are picking up litter that day. They’re also making everyone there aware of litter and those driving by aware of litter.”

Will YOU volunteer this year?  We hope so!  DMWTantique

Whitehouse Large Item Drop-Off is Saturday, March 22nd!

Items dropped off at the last Large Item Roundup in March 2011

Items dropped off at the last Large Item Roundup in March 2013

Have your neighbors and family been making calls to A&E network to get you on the show “Hoarders?” Maybe it’s time to take advantage of the upcoming Keep Whitehouse Beautiful Large Item Drop Off set for Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.

This event is open to those who receive city services in Whitehouse.

The area near the city barn is where, with a city utility bill, you can drop off large unused or not working items such as appliances, mattresses, grills, furniture and other bulky pieces that are not appropriate for the trash. Tires are also accepted at a cost of $2 each.

And, as well, STS Recycling will have a truck on hand to pick up all electronic devices for recycling such as computers, printers, VCRs and more. As stated by a representative from STS Electronic Recycling, “We can aid you in recycling out of date, nonworking, or unwanted electronic equipment. THIS RECYCLING SERVICE IS PROVIDED AT NO COST TO YOU. All recyclables processed by STS Electronic Recycling are either reused or physically destroyed and recycled. We assure you that your business or personal information will be destroyed to Department of Defense (DOD) standards and we will provide you with a certificate of destruction if desired. Please visit our website at for more information.”

Computers (towers and laptops) Monitors Printers

Cables, mice, and keyboards Fax machines Telephones and telephone systems

Cell phones Copy machines Scanners Servers Projectors

Digital cameras Flat screen TVs (we do NOT accept tubed TVs)

VCR and DVD players Gaming systems Radios and stereos

Outstanding Yard for February 2014


Keep Whitehouse Beautiful presented the Outstanding Yard award to Ashley & Chris Smith for their yard at 315 Rosebrook Circle in Whitehouse. Their beautiful park-like yard backs up to a wooded neighborhood park. They received a $25 gift certificate to Senter’s Nursery in Whitehouse, sponsor of the KWB Outstanding Yard!


SAVE the DATE for the 2014 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off – Saturday, April 5th~

DMWTantiqueSAVE the DATE!….the 2014 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off will be Saturday, April 5th. Location – Whitehouse City Park. Volunteers / teams to arrive between 8 and 9am to register, get their trash picking bags, road assignments and free t-shirts, then head out to begin picking up trash. We will have instructions for everyone and also be taking photos – a big group photo before everyone heads out. Stay on the lookout for more information here, or on our Facebook page!

Outstanding Yard for December 2013

IMGP7231Keep Whitehouse Beautiful has chosen Ray Terry’s yard decorated with beautiful Christmas lights for the December Outstanding Yard award.

Mr. Terry has blessed Whitehouse with a magical drive-through lighting display at 203 Acker Tap.   KWB wishes everyone a Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.



Outstanding Yard for October 2013

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful presented the Outstanding Yard award for October 2013 to Jason and Ashley Wacha for their beautiful yard decorated for Fall at 302 Willowbrook Lane in The Willows subdivision in Whitehouse. The Wacha’s received a $25.00 gift certificate from Senter’s Nursery, which sponsors this event.

Outstanding Yard for September 2013

IMG_3423Keep Whitehouse Beautiful presented the Outstanding Yard Award for September 2013 to Roy and Billie Goodrum for their beautiful yard at 17636 CR 2195/Maji Road. Their well designed flowerbeds were full of colorful flowers. They received a $25.00 gift certificate from Senter’s Nursery, which sponsors this event.IMG_3424 resized
If you know of a yard that deserves the title “Outstanding Yard”, please send an email to!

Whitehouse Receives Litter Cans

DSC_0979 Whitehouse received two red, white and blue Don’t Mess With Texas litter cans for use in the community. This program by TXDOT is in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. The goal is to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. Litter-free roads promote tourism, business, health, beautification and caring for others. Research shows that stress levels fall within minutes of seeing or working in clean, green spaces. Driving along clean, green roads makes anyone’s commute more pleasant. Keep Whitehouse Beautiful thankfully received the cans from TXDOT and encourages everyone to show they care by disposing of their litter correctly. One can has been placed at the Whitehouse YMCA, and the other can is at the Whitehouse Recycle Center. Pictured are from left to right (back row) KWB volunteers Hazel Bateman and Debbie Shafer, and Public Information Officer for TXDOT, Tyler District Larry Krantz (front row) KWB volunteers Beverly Casey and Dorothy LaFlure, Whitehouse YMCA Director Renee Quackenbush and Whitehouse City Parks Director Don Branam.

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