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Nature Center Field Trip

Tyler’s Nature Center (located at 11942 FM 848
Tyler, TX 75707) & Larry LeBeau resident State Wildlife Biologist hosted KWB (Keep Whitehouse Beautiful) today with an informative & exhaustive tour of 85 acres of East Texas trees, plants, & flowers. Numerous trails, both natural & concrete paths wind through & across Quail Creek & wooded areas. Amazing East Texas Wild-scape foliage (seen on pics) as well! Then we were off to Republic Ice House on University Blvd. for lunch

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KWB Volunteers Celebrate a Great 2015

The hard working volunteers of  KWB got together on a Friday night in December at the home of Ernie and Dorothy LaFlure to celebrate Christmas, enjoy the successes of a fantastic 2015, and feast on delicious Southern cooking.   If you are interested in joining this great organization to help Keep Whitehouse Beautiful, just send an email to and we’ll get back to you!12341056_10153392328573985_1873884192655169492_n12341249_10153392328303985_2254034538568225467_n

Smith County Master Gardener Exhibit at the East Texas Fair – How Did We Get Water 100 Years Ago

The Smith County Master Gardener’s exhibit at the East Texas State Fair was: “How Did We Get Our Water 100 Years Ago” We hope you had a chance to visit it on your trip to the fair!IMG_1896


New Trash and Curbside Recycling Services for Whitehouse

Republic Svcs cartThe City of Whitehouse has changed its provider for Waste Management to Republic Services beginning May 1st.  Residents within the City are being notified of this change with an informational packet that is being mailed this week with the City utility bills.  All City of Whitehouse residents will receive a 95 gallon cart for their trash pickup.  Carts for trash pickup will be delivered the last 2 weeks of April.  A map of the City trash pickup dates is also in the informational packet, and a larger map will be at City Hall for those wishing to see what day their trash pickup will be.  All waste must be bagged and placed in the cart, and carts must be placed at the curb no later than 7am on the day of pickup.

Along with trash pickup, they also offer curbside recycling.  All residents within the city are encouraged to sign up for curbside recycling by sending in their form that is attached to the informational packet, or dropping it off at City Hall, or calling 903 586-1449.  Residents who sign up for curbside recycling will receive a recycling cart with a LIGHT BLUE lid.  This cart is strictly for recycling and trash is not to be placed in it.  A flyer listing the items available to recycle is part of the informational packet.  WEDNESDAYs will be recycle pickup day.

Twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, a BULK ITEM pickup collection will be provided.  BULK ITEMS are things too bulky for your waste cart, such as sofas, mattresses, other furniture, grills, etc.  Up to 2 bulk items can be picked up each time.  Items not accepted are appliances containing freon (fridges), batteries, free liquids and hazardous materials.  If you plan to have a BULK item picked up, you MUST call Republic Services to schedule your pickup at 903 586-1449.

Along with the BULK item pickup, residents in the City can bring up to 3 cubic yards (a pickup truck load) of waste from their homes one time each month to the Greenwood Farms Landfill at 12920 FM 2767 in Tyler.  Residents must bring a current Whitehouse utility bill receipt, and picture ID.  All loads must be tarped according to State Law.  The landfill hours are: Mon-Fri  6:30am until 4:30pm and Saturday  6:30am until 1pm.

If you missed your informational packet, we have links to the different pages below, or you can view the entire packet on the City of Whitehouse website at

Click HERE for the description of services
Click HERE for the trash pickup map
Click HERE for the form to sign up for curbside recycling
Click HERE for the items accepted in the curbside recycling cart



Pictures from the Keep Texas Beautiful Conference

IMG_1931KTB affiliates from around the state of Texas headed to Fort Worth to attend the 2015 Keep Texas Beautiful conference.  The conference was held at the Omni Fort Worth with 3 days of educational sessions, networking opportunities, an award dinner, fellowship and fun.  Keep Whitehouse Beautiful volunteers were awarded the 2015 Governor’s Community Achievement Award and recognized for their hard work.

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Volunteers Hard at Work Weeding Flower Beds at Wildscape, Brown Elementary, Adopt-A-Spot

The past couple of weeks have seen a flurry of activity with volunteers weeding the flower beds around Whitehouse; namely the Wildscape, the wall at Brown Elementary, Whitehouse City Park and the Adopt-A-Spots at the corner of Hwy 110 and FM 346. This is because the good folks at Keep Texas Beautiful are heading into town this week to take pictures and video of all the hard work done by Keep Whitehouse Beautiful volunteers in preparation for the GCAA awards dinner later in the month of June during the annual KTB conference.  A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped us get these beds looking great!













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KWB Wins Governor’s Community Achievement Award for 2015!


Keep Whitehouse Beautiful has won the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award for 2015. For more than two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each year. The competition distributes $2 million in funding from TxDOT across the 10 communities, with the amount based on population size. The funds are used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way. A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven areas: Community Leadership and Coordination, Public Awareness, Education, Beautification and Community Improvement, Litter Prevention and Cleanup, Solid Waste Management and Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement.

The last year Keep Whitehouse Beautiful won this award was in 2011, and the project completed by TxDOT was 2 Whitehouse monument signs on the north and west ends of town. Other projects completed from awards are benches and landscaping at the corner of Hwy 110 and FM 346, fencing and landscaping at Whitehouse City Park, the brick sidewalk in front of Brookshire’s, and the garden retaining wall and landscaping in front of Brown Elementary.

Beverly Casey, President of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful reacted to the news, “KWB would like to thank its business sponsors, friends, The City of Whitehouse, and our many volunteers that put in the hours to make Whitehouse a beautiful place to live. We invite the community to become good stewards of Whitehouse – by volunteering at our events, coming to our monthly meetings, becoming a friend or sponsor.”

KWB Seeks 2015 Sponsors and Business Friends

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful is a 501[c][3] non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is empowering individuals to make a difference in their community through beautification, education, and solid waste practices. Our volunteer work is always needed and never finished. With the support of our business friends and sponsors we are able to keep Whitehouse a beautiful place to live and work.
Keep Whitehouse Beautiful has accomplished much and continues to do so with your help. 14718117955_3e3e058395_k
With your assistance:
• KWB provides community education in multiple settings on littering and responsible ways to reduce resources used, reuse where possible, and recycle as a final resort before disposing. The “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off”, the annual road litter pick-up and the annual City-Wide Garage Sale have become community events.
• KWB has been honored five times by Keep Texas Beautiful as a winner of the Governor’s Community Achievement Award. With those funds TXDOT has completed projects including: landscaping and fencing in front of City Park and crepe myrtles along 346; benches and landscaping at the corners of 346 and 110; sidewalks along 110 and 346; and two Whitehouse entry signs.
• KWB awards a grant each school year to one of the campuses in Whitehouse ISD for a beautification project.
• KWB completed the Wildscape in front of the Whitehouse Recycle Center. This teaching tool and beautification project showcases plants that are native to the region, drought tolerant, and therefore, easy to grow in our area.
• KWB added 92 roses to the City flower beds at the corners of 346 and 110.
• KWB volunteers attend trainings to deliver the quality of program for which KWB is known.
• Keep Whitehouse Beautiful networks with several City committees and community groups on issues of mutual interest.
Please join us in supporting our mission and empowering individuals to grassroots service in our community with your tax-deductible contribution. We hope you will choose to become a Business Friend or Sponsor for 2015.  Sponsor levels range from $2000 to $500, and business friends are $50.

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful Supporter Benefits
Business Friends:
• Recognition on the Thank You page in the Tri-County Leader in April (For recognition, payment is due March 6, 2015.)
• Receive a business friend plaque or yearly update for our returning friends.
• Knowledge that you are enabling Keep Whitehouse Beautiful to continue our annual events (“Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off”, City-Wide Garage Sale) and our other projects to enhance Whitehouse.
• Your name and logo on the back of the “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off” t-shirt (For recognition, payment is due March 6, 2015.)
• Recognition on the Thank You page in the Tri-County Leader in April (For recognition, payment is due March 6, 2015.)
• Receive a sponsor plaque or yearly update for our returning sponsors.
• Knowledge that you are enabling Keep Whitehouse Beautiful to continue our annual events (“Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off”, City-Wide Garage Sale) and our other projects to enhance Whitehouse.

For sponsorship / business friend form, click HERE!

KWB Wins Two Awards from Keep Texas Beautiful

14718117955_3e3e058395_kKWB President Beverly Casey and volunteers Dorothy LaFlure and Angela Klein presented two awards given to Keep Whitehouse Beautiful from Keep Texas Beautiful to the Whitehouse City Council on Tuesday, July 22nd. The first was an award for sustained excellence for a 3-year period and the other was a certificate of silver star recognition, based upon the activities and educational programming done in the year 2013. DSC_0690
These awards will be on display at the City headquarters, as a thank you to the City and the community of Whitehouse for their support of our programs and outreach. We are truly blessed to be in such a wonderful community!
As always, our mission is: “We care for others by inspiring individuals to be good stewards of the Whitehouse community.”DSC_0693

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.

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