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While my family and I were going down to the boat ramp in Ghent, we noticed that Linda Taulbee was there picking up garbage on the shores all by her self. We thought, why don’t we get more residents to come and help clean up the river banks in our town. The idea was born. The very first ever Ghent River Sweep. On Saturday Sept. 19, 75 volunteers came to help clean up the shores of Ghent. Wow, what a success. Families came from, Ghent, Carrollton, and Owenton to enjoy a beautiful fall day on the river. The volunteers received, a free t-shirt; that was designed by Emilee Walker of Ghent, lunch and more than 18 door prizes at the end of the event. They went along the shores of the Ohio and cleaned from North American Stainless to Kentucky Utilities. The volunteers collected enough debris and garbage to fill two 16-foot trailers and there was overflow that we had to pile up on the ground. They went through more than 200 garbage bags and several finds that would not fit into the garbage bags and trailers.
Days before the event, several people went and bagged up trash that were not able to come on Saturday. Eddie Mefford continued to work long after the event was over by piling up several mounds of drift wood to insure that the banks of Ghent look beautiful and clean.
All the volunteers and participants are greatly appreciated for their hard work.
The community rallied and showed support for what was important to Ghent — and that is our town. The true spirit of community and doing a good deed was relevant on Saturday; participants were talking and laughing with the key word being, “Hey look what I found.” Enjoying the day is what it was all about
This wonderful event was donated and sponsored by: North American Stainless, Kentucky Utilities, Dow Corning, City of Ghent, Hometown Pizza, Wal-Mart, Cornerstone Florist, New China, Interstate Produce, Ghent Women’s Club, Work House Gym, Craig’s Do It Center, Carrollton Masonic Lodge, Cowboys (Ghent), Tyler Water, Camp Livingston (Patriot, IN.), Ghent Baptist Church, Carroll County Fiscal Court, J.T. Ellis Banquet Hall (Ghent), Cartmell fifth grade students, Carroll County Detention Center, Kroger, Carroll County Water District #1, Millers Auto Sales, Carroll County Road Department, Carroll County EMT, and Creative Expressions, The News-Democrat and Froggy. A thank you is not enough for all who helped to support the city of Ghent and the first River Sweep.
We truly look forward to having more volunteers in the years to come and keep the banks of Ghent mighty and pure. We invite everyone to come see just how nice our banks are. See you next year.
Ron and Kristi Walker
On behalf of the City of Ghent