Paris got a little bit cleaner after a group of residents took matters into their own hands to clean up the city. The eighth annual Keep Paris Beautiful event took place on Saturday, April 27 with over 75 volunteers signing up to help with the town projects. Keep Paris Beautiful is a partnership between the schools and the community to clean up and beautify the town to keep it an inviting place for residents and visitors. The volunteers were able to complete several town projects, including repainting and replanting the city's welcome sign on the west end of town, painting a new mural on the north side of the chiropractic clinic, installing outdoor checkers and tic tac toe games at the Eagle Pocket Park. Volunteers also filled the local blessing boxes, replanted the community garden, cleaned up and replanted flower beds at the Boys & Girls Club and picked up several bags of litter and debris around the park, ball fields, Girl Scout hut and school campuses. Volunteers met Saturday morning at Wood Street Park and worked at their project sites until noon, reconvening at the park for lunch and door prizes. "I was very impressed with the dedication of the volunteers giving up part of their weekend to help with projects and take pride in their community. I am also overwhelmed with the scope of projects we were able to complete in that short amount of time," said Project Coordinator, Tonya Varnell. Varnell said that the Keep Paris Beautiful event would not be possible without the many volunteers who take time out of their day to make the beautification project happen. Local sponsors responsible for helping to make this event a success for the past eight years include: Paris Lions Club, Kim Bolden, Mosquito Joe of Arkansas, Pinnacle Telecom, Susan Johnson, Paris Area Chamber of Commerce Merchants' Association, First National Bank at Paris, Doris Davis, Adams Plumbing & Electric Co., Inc., Logan County Glass & Mirror, Master Made Tanks, Inc., Paris Realty, Paris Candy Shoppe, Simply Devine Skin Care, JA Outfitters, Paris Dental, Pizza Hut, Jan Faulkner and TyTon Properties. Over the past several years Keep Paris Beautiful projects have consisted of trash clean up on the main highways, at the local parks in Paris, school campuses and the Logan County Fairgrounds. Other projects have included developing a community garden for residents to participate in, repairing fences, installing a pocket park, and mural paintings of various scenes, planting trees and other various projects.