Cougar track named outstanding litter cleanup group of the year
By Nathan Cockrill, Logan County Solid Waste Coordinator

Posted on February 16, 2024 9:26 PM


To help keep Logan County the beautiful place it is, Logan County Litter Abatement, working with the state, has the "Trash for Cash" program, where non-profit groups pick up litter along roadsides and receive $100 per mile worked.

We had 29 different pickups in 2023. While we thank every group that worked for their hard cleanup efforts, each year we like to honor the group that did the most outstanding job, one that showed good work and had a good attitude in the process and deserving to pick up abundant thanks for their abundant litter pick-up.

The past three honorees are the LCHS JROTC, the Logan Christian Academy, and the Boys Scouts Troop 303.

In 2023, this special group was Logan County High School Track and Field. They served the community by picking up litter on KY 103 Chandlers Road and KY 79 Morgantown Road near Chandlers in March last year. In 10 miles of work, they picked up around 151 bags and other trash items.  

Elijah Sells, the team coach, responded to the award: "Looking back over last year's trash pickup with the track team brings back so many memories…It was our first team event working together! Conditions weren’t perfect that day (Adversity), and I never officially told the kids we were doing 10 miles instead of 5 miles. Just looking back and seeing the pride the kids and parents took in helping out in the community just brought the team together even more! I preached it all season, 'It Takes a village!'"    

The following is what some of the teammates who participated had to say-

Lilaina Veigel- "I think the trash pick up was a great experience for our track team. We were not only helping to better our community, but also the trash pick up served as a great team bonding experience. Even though it was a lot of hard work, we worked together as a whole to get it done. In the future we will definitely continue to help our community through events such as this."

Hunter Holloway- "I had a great time with doing this; it was a fun time and a great experience. It helped a lot for team bonding with one another and coming closer as a team. We learned to communicate more with each other to get things done."

Addison Connelly- "It was heartening to witness the collective effort as we worked together, demonstrating teamwork beyond the track."

Casey Slaughter- "A team garbage pickup is a creative and innovative way to raise money. It is a win-win situation because not only are we raising money for the team, we are also helping the community."

For their litter cleanup efforts, it is a privilege to honor this team. As these have said, if you would like to help keep the county beautiful, Solid Waste would look forward to having your non-profit group help in 2024. For more information on the Trash for Cash program, call 726-7220.

Shown in the group picture are, from left: front row, Jordan Appling, Bella Burgess, Madisyn Appling, Dylan Crocker, Wyatt Lawson, Ani Licitra, Wyatt Lawson; back row, Ava Cowan, Eli Searing, Gabriel Masterman, Garrett Lawson, Emerson Poteet, Robert Cooper, Ian Gunn, Cpacj Elijah Sells and Solid Waste Coordinator Nathan Cockrill.




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