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Get Educated and Make Your Voice Heard in the November Election
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Early voting by mail has already begun in Pike County, and early voting in person began on October 13. Are you familiar with the candidates and the questions that will be on the ballot in this election? Get educated and make your voice heard in the November 4, 2014 election! Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This article will remain at the top of the page until the November election.]

10.8.14
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. John Ira Harden, Jr.

Mr. John Ira Harden, Jr., age 93, of Griffin, passed away October 18, 2014 at Brightmoor Hospice. He was born in Zebulon, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Ira Harden, Sr. He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring as Master Sergeant after 21 years of service. He participated in D-Day during WWII and also served in the Korean War. After retiring, he taught 8th grade math at Griffin-Spalding County Jr. High School for 12 years. He was a long-time member of Flat Rock Primitive Baptist Church in Zebulon and enjoyed fishing and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters. He is survived by his wife of 65 years: Lynnel Harden; children and their spouses: C. J. Harden of Griffin, David and Donna Marie Harden of Kennesaw, Linda Harden of Decatur and Donald and Marie Harden of Griffin; brother: William “Bill” Harden of Macon; sister-in-law: Hazel Harden of Williamson; several nieces and nephews.

For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 10.17.14
 
Molena Turkey Fest and 1st Annual Cruise In

MOLENA - The Molena Turkey Fest and 1st Annual Cruise In will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mark your calendar and plan to come out to a festival with cars, crafts, food and fun! Click here for more.

10.17.14
 
Concord Jubilee This Saturday and Sunday

CONCORD - The Concord Jubilee will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Concord, Georgia. Concord Jubilee Activities begin with the Jubilee Jaunt with race day registration at 6:30 a.m. with the 1/2 mile Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 7:45 a.m. Read more here.

The Pike County Arts Council will hold the Art in Bloom Art Show on Saturday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 - 6:00 pm. Pumpkin Decorating times are: 10:00 - 11:00 am - Registration at PCAC booth, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Decorate Pumpkins, 12:00 pm - Display Pumpkins for contest voting, 2:00 pm - Contest winners announced. PCAC Jr. Players Performance will be on Saturday at 1:00 pm in the Strickland Building. Click here for details on these events.

The parade will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Concord Stroll outdoor street dance will be held in downtown Concord on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 7 to 10 p.m. with music by Night Train Express featuring the music of the Roaring Twenties. Suggested donation is $5 per person with all proceeds helping to replace the Historic R.F. Strickland Building's roof. And the Sunday morning worship service will be held at 9 a.m. at the Strickland Building.

10.17.14
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Emmie Jean Battle Ellerbee

Mrs. Emmie Jean Battle Ellerbee, age 92, of Meansville, passed away October 16, 2014 at Westbury Medical Care Home in Jackson. She was born in Pike County, daughter of the late James Battle and Annie Ross Battle. She worked for William Carter Company in Barnesville and then for Sherri Lynn Manufacturing in Zebulon where she retired. She was a long-time member of Meansville Baptist Church, and enjoyed reading, gardening and gospel music. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aldine Ellerbee. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Linda Moore of Covington, Wayne and Sherry Ellerbee of Fayetteville, Jeannie Cone of Griffin and Cheryle and Jeff Brooks of Porterdale; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 10.17.14
 
Pike County Arts Council to Hold Upcoming Events

ZEBULON - The Pike County Arts Council will hold the following events in conjuction with the Concord Jubilee: Art in Bloom Art Show, Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and PCAC Jr. Players Performance. The Concord Jubilee will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19th with the reception for Art in Bloom Art Show will held on Friday, October 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Click here for more.

Added 10.13.14: Click here for to download a copy of the rules for pumpkin entries. PCAC is asking that participants turn in applications at A Novel Experience bookstore (on the square) by 6:45 p.m. on Friday, October 17th so they can make accommodations for space at the Jubilee. However, the entry fee is not due until participants show up at the Jubilee on Saturday. Please note that the participation of family members is required for this competition. Please click on the link above to read the pumpkin size regulations as well as contest regulations for decorating, etc. If there are any questions, please contact the Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest Coordinator at 770-584-3505.

Submitted 10.17.14
 
Opening on the Library Board

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners’ office is accepting applications for one Board position on the J. Joel Edwards Public Library Board to fill an unexpired three-year term, set to expire August 31, 2016. Applicants must be 21 years or older, reside within the County and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Board applications may be picked up at the Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, from 8 A.M. until 5 P.M. Appointment is anticipated at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Submitted 10.17.14
 
Secretary of State Kemp Calls for Third Sector Development to Withdraw Frivolous Voter Registration Lawsuit

ATLANTA - Yesterday, Secretary Kemp met with media and election officials across Georgia and called for Third Sector Development and The New Georgia Project to withdraw the lawsuit they filed against the Office of the Secretary of State as well as the counties of Chatham, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton and Muscogee late last week. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.17.14
 
Westmoreland Statement on Ebola Outbreak

NEWNAN – Congressman Lynn Westmoreland has issued the following statement on the new cases of Ebola in the United States and the flaws in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) procedure: “Like many Americans, my concerns over the CDC’s handling of the Ebola outbreak in America are growing daily,” stated Westmoreland. “To this point, the response has been one step behind containing and eliminating the virus. When President Obama and Director Frieden made the decision to send troops to West Africa to risk their lives abroad, they should have shown equal force in combating the disease at home. The Ebola “swat team” the president called for last night should have been deployed weeks ago when the first patient came back to America. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.16.14
 
Jubilee Jaunt to Fund Missions Work in Africa

CONCORD - On Saturday, October 18th, there will be a Jubilee Jaunt before the official start of the Concord Jubilee with all proceeds going to fund missions in Africa. A team headed by Scott Hollingsworth of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Fayetteville will be going to Zimbabwe July 13-17, 2015 to do construction and renovation on Sanyati Baptist Hospital. Click here for more.

10.15.14
 
GBI Arrests Molena Chief of Police

MOLENA - According to press release obtained through WGXA Fox 24 News out of Macon, the GBI arrested Molena Police Chief James Roberts today. The arrest comes after a month and a half long investigation into allegations that Roberts solicited several young men for sex and used his position as police chief to gain the trust of the young men. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.15.14
 
Deputies Search for Pike County Man Yesterday Afternoon

ZEBULON - According to Major David Neal of the Pike County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle stop yesterday afternoon prompted a search for a suspect in the Meansville area in the vicinity of Rose Hill Road and Highway 19. Click here for more.

10.14.14
 
Concert Choir Goes Bluegrass
By Guest Columnist Elaine Krugman

GRIFFIN — On October 16, Griffin Choral Arts will present “The World Beloved”—a concert of choral and bluegrass-instrument music celebrating the blessings of Creation. Known for its bold, inventive programming, Griffin Choral Arts will have as its invited guests the nationally-acclaimed bluegrass band Monroe Crossing (named in honor of Bill Monroe). Click here for more.

Submitted 10.14.14
 
ZEBULON DOWNTOWN DISTRICT STREETSCAPE PHASE II
Federal Aid Project No. CSTEE-0009-00(122)
GDOT P.I. # 0009122, Pike County

ZEBULON - Sealed proposals will be received by the City of Zebulon for the Zebulon Downtown District Streetscape Phase II project until 3:55 p.m., November 6, 2014, at the City Hall Courtroom located at 7818 Highway 19 South, Zebulon, Georgia. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at 4:00 p.m. No submitted bid may be withdrawn after the scheduled receipt of bids for a period of one hundred eighty (180) days. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.14.14
 
Pike County Reports No Storm Damage

ZEBULON - Pike County Times confirmed through Pike County Public Works that there has been no storm related trees down in the county. A representative at E911 confirmed that there have been no storm related emergency calls. And Upson EMC, Southern Rivers, and Georgia Power had no outages in Pike County as of 10 a.m. this morning. According to the National Weather Service, another round of storms could develop this afternoon, but the only threat expected with this would be isolated strong winds. Click on the weather link on the advertising bar on your right to make a quick check of your weather.

10.14.14
 
Pike County Farm Bureau Collecting Donations for Food Bank

ZEBULON - Pike County Farm Bureau is participating in Georgia Farm Bureau's annual Harvest for All Campaign by collecting monetary donations until November 21 that will be donated to the Georgia Food Bank Association and its seven food bank affiliates across the state to help Georgians in need. It is also collecting staple food items such as peanut butter, rice and canned goods for the Pike County Food Bank. Anyone who would like to participate in our local food drive is welcome to bring staple food items to Freshway Market. There is a large blue tub located in front of the checkout lanes for any food donations you would like to make. Monetary donations will be accepted through November 21st in order to give PCFB plenty of time to make the moentary distribution to the food bank before Thanksgiving. Donations may be dropped off Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Wednesday 8 a.m. until 12 noon at the Pike County Farm Bureau office at 7664 Highway 19 in Zebulon. For information call 770-567-3431.

10.14.14
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews ...

Jackie's 2 Minute Entertainment Rundown for this week includes Reviews of (1) Annabelle (2) The Judge (3) Dracula Untold (4) Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. 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 10.14.14
 
Have You Signed Up for Emergency Alerts on Your Phone?

ZEBULON - If you haven't signed up for emergency weather alerts, now is as good of a time as any! This Pike County Emergency Alert System can notify you of weather alerts such as tornado watch and warnings and other weather alerts such as severe thunderstom and high wind alerts. Click here to sign up for First Call, Pike County's emergency alert system, to sign up for alerts for the first time or to modify your current alerts.

10.13.14
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Eula Frances Maxwell Lackey

Mrs. Eula Frances Maxwell Lackey, age 97, of Zebulon, passed away October 12, 2014 at Heritage Inn Nursing Home in Barnesville. She was born in Spalding County, daughter of the late Charlie and Edna Maxwell. She was a devoted member of High Shoals Primitive Baptist Church in Barnesville for 60+ years. She worked at Dundee Mills #1 in Griffin for 20 years, and enjoyed baking pies and loved flowers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Horace Mullins and Garnet Lackey. She is survived by her son: Howard Mullins of Zebulon; grandchildren and their spouses: David and Cheryl Mullins, Scott and Katie Mullins, and Amy Caraway; great-grandchildren: Nathan Mullins, Kyle Caraway, Haley Caraway and Katelyn Mullins.

For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 10.13.14
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye and Ginny Blakeney to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorney Tom Morton. Click here to read more. This meeting is complete.

10.9.14
 
Chase Ends in Wreck and Arrest

ZEBULON - Sheriff Jimmy Thomas states that on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 the Pike County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a blue Chrysler Pacifica traveling northbound on Highway 19 in the southbound lanes. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.9.14
 
Happy National 4-H Week
By Guest Columnist Elizabeth Hanson

ZEBULON - In honor of National 4-H week October 4-11, I’d like to tell you about this superb organization. 4-H is the nations largest youth development and empowerment organization. Supported by university-backed curriculum, 4-Hers engage in hands on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living and citizenship. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.9.14
 
Condolences to the Family of Kamden “Kam” Chase Arnold

Kamden “Kam” Chase Arnold, the infant son of Hannah Arnold of Manchester, passed away October 8, 2014. He is survived by his mother: Hannah; sister: Addison Claire Royal; grandparents: Larry Manghan and Lisa Arnold of Zebulon, great-grandparents: Mary Christopher and Gene and Dorothy Arnold of Milledgeville; aunts and uncles: Linda Arnold of Milledgeville, Jimmy Mangham of Thomaston, Angel Walls of Cordele, and Randy and Becky Arnold of Milledgeville; cousins: Heather Booth, and her children, Kenzie Booth and Riley Phillips all of Manchester, and Joey Albritton of Molena.

For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 10.9.14
 
City of Zebulon Approves Large Development on Hughley Road
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Zebulon City Council approved a plan for 450 housing units on 335 acres off of Hughley Road during its August meeting. Since that time, an appeal has been filed in Pike Superior Court. While the discussion of this topic can be made to sound very simple, it goes back to 1999, and it is much more complicated than it appears. Arguments are presented both for and against this development along with a timeline that begins in 1999 and runs through 2014. Click here for more. Update 10.8.14: This article has been updated to include mayors and council members from 1999 through 2014. Update 10.14.14: This article has been updated to include information about the non-profit group that is fighting the development.

10.7.14
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Jewel Martin Hammond

Mrs. Jewel Martin Hammond, age 96, of Zebulon, passed away October 7, 2014, at Upson Regional Medical Center. She was born in Jackson, daughter of the late Starling Martin and Mae Tillery Martin. She worked for Thomaston Mills for 34 years before retiring. She was a founding member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Zebulon, where she served as assistant pianist for 25 years. In her younger years she sang in a trio. She enjoyed cooking, flower gardening, playing the piano, and trips to Panama City Beach, FL. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Durward “Barefoot” Hammond, sisters, Evelyn Layton and Florence Hammond, brothers, Doug Martin and Frank Martin, nephew, Larry Hammond and great-niece, Kelli Hammond. She is survived by her nieces, nephews and their spouses: Faye and Norman Dukes, Jeff and Margie Layton, and Pricilla Killingsworth all of Meansville, Marvin and Betty Martin of Thomaston, Sharon Hammond, Judy and Sam Harris and Jerry and Cheryl Hammond all of Zebulon; numerous great nieces and great nephews.

For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 10.7.14
 
Flashback: Pike Community Resource Network Holds Annual "Share It Forward" Back to School Bash

Pike County's Annual "Share It Forward Back" to School Bash was held on Saturday, August 30 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Pike Community Memorial Building next to Ruth's Restaurant. Many in the community helped to provide school supplies for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Click here for more.

10.4.14
 
Arrest Made in Rock Store Burglary

ZEBULON - Sheriff's Office Investigators have arrested Joseph Drake, 32 years of age, in connection with the early Wednesday morning smash and grab burglary at the Rock Store in Pike County. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.4.14
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews ...

Jackie's 2 Minute Entertainment Rundown for this week includes Reviews of (1) Believe Me (2) Left Behind (3) Hero (4) Gone Girl. 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 10.4.14
 
Secretary of State Kemp Reminds Georgians of October 6th Voter Registration Deadline for the November 4th General Election

ATLANTA - Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants to remind Georgians they must be registered to vote by October 6th in order to participate in the November 4th General Election. “Every Georgian should have the opportunity to vote in the November 4th General Election,” said Kemp. “The good news is that it is easier than ever to get registered to vote or to change your registration information.”

georgians with a valid Georgia driver’s license can go online and register at: registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button. The “GA Votes” app also allows Georgians to register to vote. Using the MVP feature on the app, Georgia voters can view their specific sample ballot, find their polling locations, check voter registration status and track the status of their absentee ballot. All of this information is available on mobile devices on Apple and Android platforms. To find the app search for “GA Votes” in the Apple app store or the Google Play store.

Submitted 10.4.14
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

Commissioners James Jenkins, Carol Bass, Tommy Powers and Chairman Briar Johnson were present as well as County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

10.1.14
 
Condolences to the Family of Euell S. Whatley

Euell S. Whatley, 84, previously of Alabama Road in The Rock, passed away September 29, 2014. He was born April 21,1930, in Lanett, Alabama, the son of the late James E. Whatley and Ethel Hill Whatley. He was the husband of the late Barbara (Milton) Whatley for 56 years. They were married July 21, 1950. He attended Murphy High School in Atlanta where he met the love of his life Barbara Milton. He attended North Georgia Military College and the University of Miami. He was a firearms enthusiast and enjoyed teaching his youngest daughter, Kristy, gun safety and shooting. He enjoyed judo, golf, football and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. He was employed by the Georgia Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer at Jackson State Prison and as an inspector for the Miami-Dade Health Department. Survivors include his children Michael (Shawna) Whatley of The Rock, Sharon (Mark) Huey of Griffin, Phyllis (Henry) Walters of Luthersville, and Kristy (Chris) Stephenson of Thomaston; eight grandchildren, Shane Huey, Michelle (Chris) Ravotti, Richard Huey, Tiffiny (Brian) Barkley, Hope (Scott) Wen, James (Katie) Walters, Jeremy Walters, Alissa Walters, Candice Abrial Liebig, John Harmon and great-granddaughter Zoey Barkley. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his loving wife, Barbara.

For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 10.1.14
 
Old Zebulon Road Has Been Reopened

ZEBULON - Old Zebulon Road has been reopened for use. It has been closed while repairs were being made after the culvert had been washed out. Actual concrete culvert construction was done by Southern Concrete Company out of Albany, Georgia. Backfilling and other work surrounding the culvert was completed by Pike County Public Works. Thank you to all who worked to get this reopened despite the wet weather that we have had of late!

10.1.14
 
Application for Alcohol Rehabilitation Center Is Withdrawn
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - County Manager John Hanson informed commissioners in last night's meeting that as the county was preparing to send out letters of notification on the property currently known as the Shri Ram Chandra Mission, the county was advised that the application for rezoning had been withdrawn. Click here to read more about this.

10.1.14
 
Southside Riders Helps the Community Help Others
In the 16th Annual Olivia Andrews Tab Run
By Editor Becky Watts

GRIFFIN - Over 300 riders came out to show their support for the 16th Annual Olivia Andrews Tab Run on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Riders met up at Applees in Griffin and took the scenic route from Griffin to Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson in Columbus. Click here for more.

9.30.14
 
Outdoor Burn Ban to Be Lifted October 1

ZEBULON - Residents in 54 northern Georgia counties will again be able to burn outdoor yard debris beginning on October 1, 2014. Click here for more.

Submitted 9.29.14
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Larry “Pete” Houston Hatchett, Sr.

Mr. Larry “Pete” Houston Hatchett, Sr., age 65, of Williamson, passed away September 29, 2014. He was born in Concord, son of the late John Lee Hatchett Sr. and Estelle Fogarty Hatchett. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years, and later in life he was a grounds keeper at Upson Regional Medical Center. He enjoyed dancing, hosting fish fries, and was known for his delicious Brunswick stew. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Elaine Hatchett, brother Gary Hatchett, sister Helen Woodson, and brothers-in-law, George Elmo Hammond and Junior Carroll. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Houston and Rhonda Hatchett; daughter: Hannah Rose Hatchett; grandchildren: Jacob Collins and fiancé Chrisde Norton and Sydney Collins all of Williamson; brothers and sisters-in-law: Bo and Shea Hatchett, Jimmy and Darnell Hatchett, and Billy and Donna Hatchett all of Williamson; sisters and brothers-in-law: Sarah Hammond and Mildred Carroll of Williamson, Shirley and Jack Ison of Carrabelle, FL, Jackie and Jimmy Cox of Griffin and Ronnie Woodson of Madison; numerous nieces and nephews.

For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 9.29.14
 
Two Arrested, One Transported After Wreck on New Hope Road

ZEBULON - On Friday, September 26, 2014 around 10:49 p.m., the Sheriff's Office Traffic Units responded to a single car accident on New Hope Road just outside of the city limits of Zebulon. Click here for more.

9.29.14
 
Guns Found in Pike County Primary School Student's Backpack

ZEBULON - Sheriff Jimmy Thomas makes the following statement at 11:52 a.m.: Pike County Sheriff's Office School Resource Deputies and Investigators are currently at the Primary School in reference to two guns being located in a student's backpack. Update: An arrest has been made in this case. Click here for more.

Submitted 9.29.14
 
TUAC Holds Reception for the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs
By Guest Columnist Jan Price

THOMASTON - The Thomaston-Upson Arts Center (TUAC) held a reception on Sept. 9th for the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs, whose work is on display there. After the many attendees had voted for their favorite image, the votes were tallied. Click here for more.

Submitted 9.26.14
 
Investigators Search for Clues in 2010 Murder
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Pike County Sheriff’s Office with the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the Pike County Public Works Department is conducting an investigation on East Milner Road in reference to the 2010 murder of Christopher Lee Chambley that occurred on Reid Road. Click here for more. Updated 9.26.14

9.24.14
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Morgan Story

Mr. Morgan Story, age 55, of Zebulon, passed away September 24, 2014 at Upson Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending.

For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 9.24.14
 
J. Joel Edwards Library Board to Meet on October 16

ZEBULON - Due to board member conflicts with the regular 2nd Thursday board meeting in October and our concern about having the required quorum, the J Joel Edwards Public Library Board will meet on October 16, 2014 at 4:30pm for the regular monthly board meeting.

Submitted 9.24.14
 
Meansville Scout Needs Your Help on Eagle Scout Project
By Editor Becky Watts

MEANSVILLE - Dewey Stout, member of Troop 37 out of Meansville, is working to earn his Eagle Scout rank and is raising funds to complete his project. Click here for more.

9.23.14
 
2014 Golf Tournament and Ball Drop

ZEBULON - The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Golf Tournament & Ball Drop on September 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This event will be held at The Cedars located on Highway 18 in Zebulon, GA. Sponsorships are still available. Contact Christy at the Chamber of Commerce at 770-567-2029 or click here for more information.

Submitted 9.23.14
 
Mark Your Calendar for the 16th Annual Olivia Andrews TAB Run

GRIFFIN - The 16th Annual Olivia Andrews TAB Run will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This ride from Griffin to Columbus will begin at 8 a.m. at Applebees in Griffin with kickstands up at 10 a.m. sharp. The destination is Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson in Columbus. $25 Entry fee per person with age 15 and under riding free. Click here for more information including contact information. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Olivia Andrews Tab Run. Click here to read Olivia Andrew's story.

Submitted 9.23.14
 
Secretary Kemp Announces Successful Delivery of Military and Overseas Ballots

ATLANTA - Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp is proud to announce that the election officials in each of the 159 counties in Georgia have worked diligently to ensure that all UOCAVA absentee ballot requests were fulfilled by the Saturday, September 20, 2014 deadline. For the upcoming November 4, 2014 General Election, Georgia has already issued over 1200 ballots to military and overseas civilians to Georgia citizens in over 30 countries. Click here for more.

Submitted 9.23.14
 
Statement from Secretary of State Kemp Regarding the Investigation of The New Georgia Project and Third Sector Development

ATLANTA - “In recent weeks there have been multiple reports in the media regarding the Office of the Secretary of State’s investigation into The New Georgia Project and Third Sector Development, some containing false information. I am issuing the following information in order to set the record straight. [On September 17th], the State Elections Board unanimously affirmed our intent to fully investigate these possible criminal violations. We will vigorously and thoroughly investigate this and any situation involving possible voter registration fraud. I was elected as Georgia’s Secretary of State to ensure secure, accessible and fair elections. I will never retreat from that constitutional duty and obligation.”

Submitted 9.23.14
 
County Manager Appoints Fire Panel

County Manager (CM) John Hanson announced the members of the panel selected to assist the County Manager for the process of selecting a new Fire Chief for Pike County Emergency Services. Click here for more.

Submitted 9.22.14
 
Condolences to the Family of Ms. Barbara “Bobbie” Elizabeth Lee Clark

Ms. Barbara “Bobbie” Elizabeth Lee Clark, age 69, of Meansville, passed away September 18, 2014 at her home. She was born in Douglas, GA, daughter of the late Buck Lee and Lula Adams Lee. She lived in Forsyth for many years, and for health reasons, she moved in with her daughter in Meansville. She worked at various Shoney’s Restaurants for over 50 years. She was a sweet, generous, kind and forgiving person, who never spoke an unkind word. Bobbie was a mother to many and loved her family. She attended the Way of the Cross Baptist Church in McDonough. She was looking forward to being with her sweet Jesus. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law: Donna and Trip Evans of Meansville, and Crystal “Lolly” Pearson of McDonough; son and daughter-in-law: Alexander “Alex” Clark and Deanna Vaughn of McDonough; grandchildren: Ashleigh, Heather, Justin, Connor, Jake, Allison and Sarah; eight great-grandchildren; brothers and sister-in-law: Vernon and Lorraine Lee and Paul Lee; numerous nieces and nephews.

For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 9.22.14
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews ...

Jackie's 2 Minute Entertainment Rundown for this week includes Reviews of (1) A Walk Among the Tombstones" (2) This Is Where I Leave You (3) The Maze Runner. 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 9.22.14
 
National Crisis Touches Pike County
By Editor Becky Watts

Will the Meansville campus of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home (GBCH) soon become a temporary home for unaccompanied alien minors? This is a question that has been on the minds of many here in Pike County since the story broke on national news about how many illegal alien children were coming across the border into the United States. Click here for more.

9.19.14
 
A New Way to Fix a Pothole
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Velocity Road Solutions, Inc. is a subsidiary of Velocity UK, Ltd based out of England. This Newnan company was contracted to fill in some of the bigger potholes that are on various roads in Pike County. Many potholes on several roads were filled in a short amount of time. Click here for more.

9.19.14
 
Community Comes Out To Support Dana Cox
By Editor Becky Watts

BARNESVILLE - Many from Lamar and the surrounding communities came out to support Dana Cox in her fight against cancer. Two separate events were planned to help Dana pay for her medical expenses. Felton Lewis planned a motorcycle ride for Dana that brought more than 40 motorcycles to Barnesville. Click here for more.

9.13.14
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held its regular morning meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. with a 15 minute Town Hall Meeting prior to the meeting. All five commissioners, County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye, and Ginny Blakeney to take the minutes, County Manager (CM) John Hanson, and County Attorneys Rob and Tom Morton. Click here for more. This meeting is complete.

9.12.14
 
We Remember
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - September 11th of every year always brings a rush of memories to me. Sadness. Anger. Worry. And a wry smile at a spark of sunlight in the midst of the pain. Where were you on September 11, 2001? Click here for more.

9.11.14
 
Griffin Choral Arts Announces 2014 – 2015 Season Concerts

GRIFFIN — Griffin Choral Arts, under the direction of Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, proudly announces the concert schedule for its eighth season, 2014–2015. The season begins with “WORLD BELOVED: A BLUEGRASS MASS” at Griffin First United Methodist Church (1401 Maple Drive) on Thursday, October 16. Click here for more.

Submitted 9.9.14
 
House Passes Water Bill to Protect GA Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. The bill restricts the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers efforts to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act with respect to ‘waters of the United States’, as well as requiring them to engage in a federal consultation with the states and local governments. Click here for more.

Submitted 9.9.14
 
Zebulon City Council Regular Meeting
September 9, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.

ZEBULON - Zebulon City Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Click here to read the agenda.

Submitted 9.8.14
 
New Fall Line-up at the Library

The J. Joel Edwards Public Library announces its fall programs, all free and open to the public. In an effort to provide a variety of both fun and educational programs, the library is pleased to be able to offer innovative programs for patrons of all ages. Click here for more.

Submitted 9.8.14
 
Pike County Fire Chief Resigns
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Pike County Commission accepted the resignation of Chief of Pike County Emergency Services Randy Snyder at the past commission meeting on August 26, 2014. Chief Snyder submitted his resignation by a letter dated August 25, 2014. Click here for more.

9.5.14
 
Pike County Sheriff's Office Warns of Scam

ZEBULON - Sheriff Thomas would like to warn citizens about a phone scam that has surfaced in Pike County. Residents are reporting receiving phone calls from individual stating that there is an active warrant for the resident that they have called. The caller then states that the matter can be taken care of by purchasing a pre-paid Money-Pak or Green Dot card and paying the caller so that the person will not be arrested.

Legitimate law enforcement agencies do not call and request payments to be made by these methods. If you should receive this type of call, please note the number calling and report it to the Pike County Sheriff's Office for investigation at 770-567-8431. This type of scam is has been reported as taking place in numerous counties across Georgia.

Submitted 9.2.14
 
PUBLIC HEARING - Pike County Board of Commissioners
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 5:00 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive public input on the notice of proposed property tax increase. The public is invited to attend. Commissioners will hold a Special Called Meeting at 5:30 to adopt the Tax Levy. Click here for more. Update 8.27.14: According to the Post Agenda: Chairman Briar Johnson convened the meeting, and Commissioners Carol Bass, Tamra Jarrett and Tommy Powers attended. County Manager John Hanson and County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye were also present. (O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e) (2)) Commissioner James Jenkins and County Attorney Rob Morton were not available to attend the meeting. No one spoke in favor or opposition, and the meeting was adjourned.

Submitted 8.25.14
 
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Called Meeting to consider Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Pike County Tax Levy and to consider authorization for the Chairman to sigh the Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Pike County Tax Levy. There will be a public hearing at 5 p.m. where the public can speak out about this. Click here for more. Update 8.27.14 from the Post Agenda: Chairman Briar Johnson convened the meeting, and Commissioners Carol Bass, Tamra Jarrett and Tommy Powers attended. County Manager John Hanson and County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye were also present. (O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e) (2)) Commissioner James Jenkins and County Attorney Rob Morton were unavailable to attend meeting. Commissioners and passed 4-0 the Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Pike County Tax Levy. They also made the motion and passed authorization for the Chairman to sign the Resolution to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Pike County Tax Levy in a 4-0 vote. The meeting was then adjourned. carried 4-0.

Submitted 8.25.14
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 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, August 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. All five commissioners were present along with County Clerk Jo Ann Wrye to take the minutes, County Manager John Hanson, and County Attorney Rob Morton. Click here to read more.

8.27.14
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, 79 Jackson Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex located at 79 Jackson Street in Zebulon. There will also be a Town Hall Meeting at 8:45 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Click here to read the agenda for Wednesday's meeting.

Submitted 8.11.14
 
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ZEBULON DOWNTOWN DISTRICT STREETSCAPE PHASE II
Federal Aid Project No. CSTEE-0009-00(122)
GDOT P.I. # 0009122, Pike County
Click Here for the Invitation to Bid
 
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Prayer Power of Georgia website
 
CGA Comp
 
 
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770-616-5412
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Mid Georgia
Chiropractic Center
MARK B. FINK, D.C.
Fink Chiropractic
818A COLLEGE DRIVE
BARNESVILLE
770-358-2003
 
Pike Countryside Sanitation
•Rear Load Residential
•Commercial
•Front Load
•Curb & Home Pickup in Pike, Meriwether, and Spalding
770-884-0088
 
Traditional Ceramics Shop
Owner of Dixie Slip
Click on picture for website
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B&D Ceramics
770-567-3557
 
CAPTURING LIFE
Through Pictures
and Ramblings

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J. JOEL EDWARDS PUBLIC LIBRARY

7077 Highway 19S,
Zebulon 770-567-2014

Hours

Monday 10:00-5:00
Tuesday 10:00-7:00
Wednesday 10:00-5:00
Thursday 10:00-7:00
Friday 10:00-5:00
Saturday 10:00-3:00
Sunday Closed
Pike Pest Management

No Weeds

No Bugs

No Problems
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770-567-FLEA (3532)
 
"Our Family
Serving Your Family"
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Moody-Daniel Funeral Home
770-567-8642
 
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11500 Hwy 19 N
Zebulon
770-567-4487
 
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265 Thomaston St
Zebulon
770-567-8049
 
Movie Trivia

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Past Trivia Winner: Congratulations to Kelly Herring for guessing Mr. and Mrs. Smith!
 
Click First Call Above to Sign Up For County-wide Emergency Notification System in Pike OR Click to Update E911
 
 
 
Questions About Open Government?

Sunshine Laws

Frequently Asked Questions Answered by the Office of the Georgia Attorney General

"Government operates best when it operates openly."
 
Pike 2000

Welcome to a walk through Pike County's history with Pike 2000. Where were you in 1988?
 
CONCORD

In The
1920's and 30's
Click Here for the map.
Click Here for the list
of places.
 
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