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The N.C. Department of Transportation's Spring Litter Sweep will take place April 18-May 2. Spring Litter Sweep volunteers will be wearing orange safety vests and filling up orange garbage bags with litter removed from North Carolina roadsides.

“I thank Gov. McCrory for proclaiming these two weeks as NCDOT’s 2015 Spring Litter Sweep, which plays an important role in keeping our roadsides clean and making North Carolina an attractive and environmentally conscious place to live, work and visit,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said.

The state litter sweep is being promoted by hundreds of volunteers and NCDOT is anticipating tens of thousands to take part in keeping North Carolina beautiful. These participants include The Department of Public Safety inmate crews, community service workers and civic organizations and adopt- a-highway groups.

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Warriors flock to Northern Georgia to play in the mud for annual 5K

Deep in the trenches of Mountain City, Ga., warriors struggle over boulders and dive into the chilly lake waters. Battling the elements for more than three miles, Rabun County's annual Warrior Dash is where only the strong survive.

Competitors from across North Carolina and Georgia traveled to Mountain City last weekend to try their hand at conquering the 3.2 mile obstacle course that climbs over walls, across dangling ropes and down twostory tall slides, all while being weighed down with unrelenting mud and grit.

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One man's solo mission to raise funds for wounded veterans led him to Macon County this weekend on his trek across the state.

Dave Cockman of Cary, N.C., is in the process of a solo, self-supported 600-mile run across North Carolina to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a leading wounded veterans charity. Cockman started his run on April 4 at the border of Tennessee/ North Carolina, just west of Murphy. He will run from Murphy to Manteo, along US Rt 64. He plans to finish at the Atlantic Ocean on Jennette's Pier in Manteo. Calling his run “The Murphy to Manteo 600,” Cockman plans to cover 50 miles a day for 12 days.

"I am planning on finishing in 12 days, which will require running an average of 50 miles per day," said Cockman on his event website. "Along the way, I am hoping to be able to run some segments with veterans and first responders from the local communities I will be running through."

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Easter on the AT a Nantahala Hiking Club tradition

For many years the Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC), Franklin’s Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining club has brought a bit of trail magic to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Trail magic, defined as an unexpected act of kindness, is a quintessential part of the Appalachian Trail experience for many long-distance hikers.

Annually, the Saturday before Easter, the NHC bags up candy, boiled eggs and fruit to distribute to hikers on the 60 miles of the A.T. that the NHC maintains.

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