By Ronda Wertman

Tribune Correspondent

ELK GARDEN -- Some of Elk Garden’s youngest residents took it upon themselves to clean up the neighborhood recently and received the thanks of the mayor and council for their efforts.

Siblings Bella Dockery and Jericho Paugh collected 21 bags of trash, earning them an ice cream and recognition by the town.

Flags were placed for the July 4th holiday and while it was described as a quiet weekend, over 120 four-wheelers participated in the Elk Garden block party hosted by Jody and Brandi Paugh.

Escorted by Elk Garden Police chief Jimmy Stewart, the four wheelers pulled out a noon followed by a community pot luck dinner at 6 p.m., fireworks, DJ Kevin Broadwater, dancing and karaoke.

The next food drive for Elk Garden is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21 at the fire station. There will be one box per vehicle.

The town is continuing to work with the insurance for the repairs to the town hall, with a check expected so that the restoration work can be completed.

The picnic tables at the town park are being waterproofed and the town is continuing to identify areas in need of paving in order to bid the work.

The council commended MJ Jones Lawn Care for keeping the grass cut and thanks were also expressed to Bev Shillingburg for the donation of an office chair to the town hall.