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South Georgia Ambulance Now Hiring

South Georgia Ambulance is now hiring paramedics and EMT's. A sign-on bonus is available! Click here for more information.

Submitted 8.26.15
 
BREAKING NEWS: Grady EMS to Rent a County Fire Station
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Grady EMS recently conducted a weeks long assessment to determine where the most emergency calls come from in Pike County. During this time, ambulances were stationed outside of two of Pike County’s fire stations. Click here for more.

8.25.15
 
Join SRA for the 17th Annual Olivia Andrews Tab Run

GRIFFIN - Join The Southside Riders Association on September 26, 2015 for our 17th year of Pulling Tabs and Promoting the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Applebee's in Griffin. Ride leaves PROMPTLY at 10:00 a.m. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.22.15
 
Prayer Power Hosts Annual Prayer Walk for Pike County Schools

ZEBULON - On Saturday August 22, 2015, Prayer Power of Georgia, Inc. sponsored the Annual Prayer Walk for Pike County Schools. Nearly 50 people came out on this overcast Saturday morning to pray for our schools before the school year began. Click here for more.

8.22.15
 
Pneumococcal Disease - New Recommendations
From District 4 Public Health

ZEBULON - Pneumococcal Disease ..... say what? [noo-muh-kok-uh-l] ... sounds a little silly but is actually pretty serious. But if you have already had the vaccine, you probably know how to pronounce it. What you maybe didn’t know is that both PCV13 and PPSV23 are now being recommended as a two-part package. Yes, you need both vaccines. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.22.15
 
11th Annual Spalding County Fire Department “Firefighters For Kids” Charity Golf Tournament to Be Held

GRIFFIN - You are invited to be a part of the 11th Annual Spalding County Fire Department “Firefighters For Kids” Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 9 a.m. at Morgan Dairy Golf Club located at 525 Morgan Dairy Road in Griffin. This tournament ensures that children of Spalding County DFCS will get gifts from Santa. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.22.15
 
Arrests Made for Entering an Automobile

GRIFFIN - Sheriff Wendell Beam Reports: On Wednesday, August 10, 2015, at approximately 4:00 AM Deputies responded to Laurel Street regarding a report of Entering an Automobile. When they arrived they received information on a vehicle that had been seen near the crime location. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.22.15
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.21.15
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews ...

Jackie's 2 Minute Entertainment Rundown for this week includes Reviews of (1) The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2) Straight Outta Compton (3) Shaun the Sheep Movie. It can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 8.21.15
 
Award-winning Author to be Featured Speaker at Luncheon

ZEBULON - On September 15, Award-winning author Lisa Wingate will be the featured speaker at a no-cost luncheon from 11:30 am -1:00 pm at First Methodist Church in Zebulon (underwritten by United Bank). Lisa will sign books and talk on "Preservation of Story," providing ideas to the audience on how to preserve their own family stories. A significant percentage of book sales will be donated to the J. Joel Edwards Public Library in memory of Carolyn Gilbert, and the Zebulon City Council is declaring September 15 as Carolyn Gilbert Day in the city. Click here for more details.

Submitted 8.19.15
 
Family Loses Home to Fire

ZEBULON - On Monday, August 4 around 6:24 p.m., the Pike County Fire Department responded to a fire call at 650 Rockbridge Farm off of Hollonville Road. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: My apologies to readers! I thought I had uploaded this earlier.]

8.19.15
 
Inmate Back in Custody Today

BARNESVILLE - An inmate from the Georgia Department of Corrections' Al Burruss Correctional Training Center in Monroe County walked off of an inmate work detail in Barnesville on Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m. According to the Lamar County Sheriff's Office, Eric Kenneth Coe, age 19, had been sentenced to a work boot camp for violating his probation on theft charges. According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in Cumming, Georgia, Eric Coe was arrested in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina today in the vehicle that was stolen from Forsyth County after Coe fled a work detail in Barnesville, Georgia. Click here for more.

8.13.15
 
J. Joel Edward Public Library Asking for Public Input

ZEBULON - The J. Joel Edwards Public Library would like input from the citizens of Pike and surrounding counties. The purpose of the survey is to receive feedback on our current services and to help us plan for future needs. This survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWP5DFY, which you can type into your web browser. This link will also be posted on Facebook, including the J. Joel Edwards Facebook Page, and the Flint Regional Library Page at http://frrls.net/. Paper copies will also be available at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library and at A Novel Experience bookstore on the square. Please follow the directions for completing the survey. All surveys are submitted anonymously. Results will be compiled in order for the Board of Trustees and staff to make decisions about how to best spend funding and to better understand future funding needs. The survey will be available starting Wednesday August 19, 2015 for a limited time only, so please complete the survey as soon as possible.

Submitted 8.18.15
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will be a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting where members of the public can address commissioners prior to the start of the official meeting without getting on an agenda prior. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

8.17.15
 
Supporting Our Fire Department Through Donations and Portraits
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Pike Volunteer Emergency Services Booster Organization is hosting a fundraiser to purchase needed items that may not be covered by the county budget for our volunteer fire department. This is a program that has been in place for the past several years. Starting this weekend, a representative of Excalibur Central, LLC will begin knocking on doors in the county on the behalf of the Pike County Fire Department to ask if residents would like to support the fire department with a $40 tax deductible donation and receive a coupon for a free family portrait. Click here for more.

8.17.15
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews ...

Jackie's 2 Minute Entertainment Rundown for this week includes Reviews of (1) Ricki and the Flash (2) Fantastic Four (3) The Gift. It can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 8.17.15
 
5th Annual Back 2 School Bash To Be Held

ZEBULON - The 5th Annual Back 2 School Bash will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Old Middle School beside Ruth's Restaurant. For children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade, there will be free school supplies, free bookbags to the first 200 children, educational services, activities, food, and more! This event is sponsored by RUSH and the Pike Community Resource Network. Click here to read about last year's annual Back to School Bash.

8.13.15
 
State Election Board Approves $180,000 Fine Against Fulton County Board of Elections

ATLANTA – The State Election Board approved a consent agreement today that levies a $180,000 fine against the Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections for state election law violations occurring in the 2008 and 2012 general elections. The agreement has already been approved by Fulton County. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.13.15
 
New Law Means Stronger Schools and Communities - Pike County School System Adopts Suicide Prevention Policy

ZEBULON - Georgia became the 14th state to enact the Jason Flatt Act on May 5, 2015. Named after a 16 year-old Tennessee teen that ended his life in 1997, Georgia House Bill 198 takes effect on July 1 and requires each school district to adopt a policy on suicide prevention. With the passing of this bill all certificated public school personnel will now receive annual training in suicide awareness and prevention as part of existing in-service training programs and professional development. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.11.15
 
Pirate Trail Needs Maintenance

ZEBULON - Bob Clark took a walk on the Lamar County wetlands trail a short time back and then came to the Pike County Pirate Trail on the same day. His experience was not the same on both trails, and it prompted him to write the editorials to both the Barnesville Herald Gazette, the Pike Journal Reporter, and Pike County Times.com. Click here for more.

8.11.15
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Roy Lawhorn

Mr. Roy Lawhorn, age 88, of Charing, GA, passed away August 9, 2015. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 8.10.15
 
Zebulon Police Department Makes Arrests

ZEBULON - According to Chief Hemphill On July 29th, 2015 an officer with the Zebulon Police Department did arrest Travis Bernard Fambro of Griffin for Failure to Maintain Lane and Possession of Marijuana less than 1 oz. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.10.15
 
First Annual Bible Reading Marathon to be Held in Zebulon

ZEBULON - The first annual Bible Reading Marathon will be held at the south portico of the Pike County courthouse beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 7. It takes 90 hours to read through the Bible, so the event will close for the day at 10 p.m. and start up at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. For the next five days, the word of God will be proclaimed during the hours of 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. The final day of the marathon will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 13, and close out with the book of Revelation before 10 p.m. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.10.15
 
Timeline of events surrounding David Gibson’s retirement
from Sheriff’s Office
By Sheila A. Mathews of The Grip

GRIFFIN - Publisher’s note: This is the beginning of a thorough timeline examining the circum­stances surrounding the Internal Affairs investigation of David Gibson, who on May 21 retired in lieu of termination from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The information contained within this timeline was obtained through dozens of Open Records requests and more than 200 hours of interviews and investigation. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.10.15
 
Ruby Pasley Pitts Century Celebration
By Guest Columnist Donna Haney

MEANSVILLE - What are the odds that two residents in little Pike County, Georgia would reach the century mark in the same month? As Mrs. Alice Crayton will attest, I never was a math whiz kid, so I am going to let you figure it out. There are approximately 320 million citizens in the United States. The population of Pike County is about 18,000. There are approximately 55,000 people in the United States who are 100 years old or older. This is not just an exercise for your brain. This is actually happening in our county this month. I suspect that Pike County may have another resident or two who are 100, but I doubt we have two of our elders who have turned 100 years young within nine days of each other. Click here for more.

Submitted 8.6.15
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Micheal Edward Pressley

Mr. Micheal Edward Pressley, age 49, of Woodbury, passed away August 3, 2015. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 8.6.15
 
Happy 100th Birthday to Helen Mangham
By Guest Columnist Pam Vickers

LIFSEY SPRINGS - Helen Mangham was born on August 2, 1915 in the Lifsey Springs community in Pike County, GA. She is the oldest of five children, who are all still living. They are being looked at by the Guiness Book for the oldest combined age of living siblings. She celebrated her birthday with a party and many from our community came out to celebrate with her! Click here for more.

Submitted 8.6.15
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Donnie Ray Bailey

Mr. Donnie Ray Bailey, age 63, of Zebulon, passed away August 4, 2015. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 8.5.15
 
Pike County Board of Education Workshop

ZEBULON - There will be a Pike County Board of Education Workshop on Tuesday, August 4 at 6 p.m. at the Memorial Annex next to Ruth's Restaurant. This will be a discussion of the upcoming proposed Bond Referendum that voters will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on in the Special November Election. The public encouraged to attend.

8.3.15
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Raymond David Williams

Mr. Raymond David Williams, age 59, of Zebulon, passed away August 1,2015. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 8.3.15
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews ...

Jackie's 2 Minute Entertainment Rundown for this week includes Reviews of (1) Vacation (2) Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (3) Mr. Holmes. It can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 8.3.15
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Hal Jerrold Smith

Mr. Hal Jerrold Smith, age 52, of Zebulon, passed away July 29, 2015. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 7.30.15
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

7.29.15
 
Spalding Sheriff's Office Investigates Armed Robbery at Dollar General

GRIFFIN - Sheriff Wendell Beam Reports that the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an Armed Robbery that occurred at 10:28 PM on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the Dollar General Store at 1523 Zebulon Road, Griffin, Georgia. An employee of the business walked outside at 10:28 PM and was confronted by a slim black male wearing black clothing including a ski mask, armed with a pistol. The male took the victims purse and struck her on the side of her head with the pistol and ran away. The victim was treated at the scene by the Emergency Medical Services and transported to the local hospital. Anyone with information about this case, can contact the Spalding County Sheriff's Office at 770-467-4282.

Submitted 7.29.15
 
District Attorney: GBI Will Investigate
Former SCSO Captain David Gibson Case
By Sheila Mathews, Editor of The Grip

GRIFFIN - Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard has requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conduct an investigation into allegations against David Gibson, former captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division. Gibson retired in lieu of termination May 21 in the midst of an Internal Affairs investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment, improper use of the internet, conduct unbecoming a deputy and violation of his oath of office. Click here for more.

Submitted 7.29.15
 
Summer Reading Finale to Be Held at the J. Joel Edwards Library

ZEBULON - The Summer Reading Finale will be held at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library for children and teens on Saturday, August 1 from 10:00 to noon. The children’s program includes games, crafts, and lots of prizes. The Teen Finale will include an exhilarating game of Mafia, snacks, and door prizes.

Submitted 7.29.15
 
Books-A-Million Book Drive to Support the J. Joel Edwards Public Library Begins August 2, 2015

GRIFFIN - Books-A-Million, Inc. / Bookland (Nasdaq/NM:BAMM) will be supporting local charities through a Book and Toy Drive that begins on Sunday, August 2. Click here for more.

Submitted 7.29.15
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Janice Pauline Wheelus Nichols

Mrs. Janice Pauline Wheelus Nichols, age 76, of Pike County, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at her home under Shepherd Care Hospice of Griffin. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 7.29.15
 
Pike County Using CodeRED System for Automated Severe Weather Warnings

ZEBULON - Pike County provides automated severe weather warnings to residents through CodeRED. The CodeRED Weather Warning system replaced the existing weather call back system. CodeRED Weather Warning system, an automated weather warning technology that delivers phone calls, text messages and emails to registered residents and businesses within the direct path of severe weather. Click here for more.

Submitted 7.28.15
 
Do You Receive Breaking News Alerts?

ZEBULON - Pike County Times had an article online last night as the Pike County Sheriff's Office was searching for the third suspect in the article belowentitled, "Pike County Sheriff's Office Deputies Make Arrests from Traffic Stop." Did you know about at the time? The Sheriff's Office posted FB messages, but that isn't always the case for breaking news.

Pike County Times is still going to remain FREE as it has been since 2006, but Pike County Times is no longer posting links to breaking news stories on Facebook or Twitter. Please help support the time poured into my articles with an ad for your business, a donation through the PayPal link below or a yearly donation of $25 that will enable you to receive breaking news stories by email or text message as soon as those articles go online. Click here for more. An average of 200,000 hits per month from many counties will be an asset for your business and allow Pike County Times to showcase your business as you are supporting this FREE online newspaper. Thanks for supporting Pike County Times!

7.28.15
 
Auto Masterz Offers AC and Tire Specials

ZEBULON - Auto Masterz is located on 265 Thomaston Street in Zebulon, Georgia 30295. (On the left past United Bank on Highway 19.) Air conditioning special: $65 to check and up to 1 lb of Freon. Tire special: purchase any set of tires and get a free oil change, up to 5 quarts.

Auto Masterz LLC is a full service shop ranging from brakes to complete engine overhaul. Auto Masterz offers FREE diagnosis of any and all car problems and provides regular maintainence, oil changes, transmission service, brakes, cv axles, and intakes. They also sell tires, wheels, and aftermarket accessories that you can have installed right here in Zebulon. Call Eric at Auto Masterz at (770) 567-8049 to set up an appointment to take care of your automobile. Click here for more about services that Auto Masterz provides right here in Pike County.

7.28.15
 
Full Blown Firearms - Summer Firearms Training Special

ZEBULON - Full Blown Firearms is offering a (1) Hour Firearms Instruction Class $50.00 per person, ($80.00 per couple) that includes (1) hour range time, eye protection, ear protection, and targets. Call Brad Ward for reservations now at 678-463-8155 (cell). Offer is valid through August 31, 2015. Please tell Brad that you read about this awesome deal on Pike County Times.com! Full Blown Firearms is located at 475 North Rover Road in Williamson. Click here for more.

Submitted 7.28.15
 
Stroke: The Silent Killer

ZEBULON - We’ve all heard the warning, ‘with a Stroke, time lost is brain lost,’ but do we really know the dangerous truth about how Stroke is affecting our community? Click here for more.

Submitted 7.28.15
 
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678-463-8155
 
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CAPTURING LIFE
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Zebulon 770-567-2014

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Movie Trivia

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Past Trivia Winner: Congratulations to Jonathan Corbitt for guessing The Emperor's New Groove!
 

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Sunshine Laws

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"Government operates best when it operates openly."
 
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Welcome to a walk through Pike County's history with Pike 2000. Where were you in 1988?
 
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In The
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