From left, Sandra Cash and J. David Derosier of Keep Orange County Beautiful are shown with KOCB winner Barbara Bates and Pinehurst Mayor T.W. Permenter, also a board member of KOCB.

The organization presented its quarterly Residential Beautification Award to Bates, who lives on 35th Street in Pinehurst. Board chairman Derosier said, “Ms Bates has done such a fantastic job of bringing in soil and plants to make her home and the area shine. She has set the tone for the rest of the neighborhood to follow.”

Permenter added, “We are so proud to have residents like Ms. Bates – people that take pride in their property and keep our city looking so nice. They are the true leaders of our community.”

Nomination forms can be found at