When Gene Stoltz retired, he was looking for a way to give back to the community. He was tired of seeing trash on the roadways and started picking up litter in front of his neighborhood. Mr. Stoltz soon got involved with Keep Oconee County Beautiful and now picks up trash four days a week, five to six hours each day. In 2023, Mr. Stoltz walked over 671 miles and collected 1,137 bags of trash.
Keep Oconee County Beautiful helps keep Mr. Stoltz stocked with large garbage bags and pickup tools, and Deputy Todd Gabriel of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Litter Patrol retrieves the full bags with the help of community service workers.
Oconee County Government will recognize Mr. Stoltz for his tremendous contribution to community beautification with a proclamation to be presented at the March 5 Board of Commissioners Meeting.
Deputy Gabriel says, “Gene is what makes Oconee County the county it is. He is a great individual and an inspiration to our community!”
Mr. Stoltz hopes that when people see him picking up trash along the side of the road that they will be motivated to take care of the county they live in and that everyone will do a little something to help their community.
For more information about Keep Oconee County Beautiful, visit www.oconeecounty.com/kocbc.