Commodities distribution available in Lee

LEESBURG -- Qualifying Lee County citizens will have opportunities to pick up surplus commodities Wednesday and Thursday during a USDA distribution, according to the Lee County Commission's monthly newsletter.

Citizens, who must certify their eligibility to receive the commodities with some form of identification and information about total household income, will be given applesauce, black-eyed peas, Great Northern beans, corn, corn oil, cranberry sauce, dates, flour mix, grits, apple juice, cherry-apple juice, macaroni, milk, peaches, peanut butter, plums, rice, rotini, tomato sauce, mushroom soup, vegetable soup, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce and tomatoes.

USDA officials will distribute the goods Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Smithville city hall/library at 116 Main St. On Thursday, commodities will be distributed at the Lee County Housing Authority at 100 Turnkey Circle in Leesburg from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Distribution will continue as long as supplies last. For information, call the Lee County Neighborhood Service Center at (229) 883-1776.

Lee officials also are reminding citizens with a volunteer spirit about the Great American Cleanup event scheduled April 30. Teams will collect trash and litter along rights of way, stormwater ponds, parks, canals and other public properties starting at 8:30 a.m.

Cleanup day will also be an amnesty day during which old appliances and other materials will be collected in front of the Smithville and Leesburg city hall buildings. Additionally, Lee County Auto Service (229-759-2001) and the Smithville 66 station (229-846-4402) have announced they will accept old motor oil and old automotive batteries at no charge throughout the year.

J&E's Restaurant (229-759-9665) also announced that it will accept used cooking grease throughout the year.

Citizens may request that an area be cleaned up during the Saturday event or may volunteer by contacting the following team leaders: Lee County Code Enforcement Officer Jim Wright at (229) 759-6000; Jack Smith or Lori McDonough with the Smithville Improvement Group at (229) 846-4402 or (229) 815-0541, respectively; Rick Wheeler with the Kinchafoonee Creek Cleanup Crew at (229) 759-9343; Leesburg Mayor Jim Quinn at (229) 759-2413; or Smithville Mayor Jerry Myrick at (229) 846-2203.

The commission also released costs for adopting pets at the Fifth Friday Foundation Animal Shelter at 101 Mossy Dell Road.

Costs include $110 for female cats and $95 for males. Female dogs older than 5 months are available for adoption at $122, while female pups younger than 5 months cost $95. The cost for males older than 5 months is $95, while the cost for younger male puppies is $85.

The adoption fees include spaying and neutering, rabies vaccinations and microchip insertion for all animals. FELK/FIV tests are administered for female cats, while heartworm tests are administered for all dogs where applicable.