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PO Box 843, Zebulon, Georgia 30295. Click here to donate through PayPal. Becky Watts: Phone # 770-468-7583 editor(@)pikecountytimes.com
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Click here to see various organizations that meet in our area as well as provide help to citizens. This also has info to rent the Lion's Club Depot, the Pike Christian Outreach Center, and buying a reflective sign for your driveway.

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More Important Community Information

Click here to see more important information such as how to make an appointment to ride the buses that drive all over Pike, Upson, Lamar, etc. and the Transfer Station hours so you can take your garbage to the dump or do some recycling.

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Pike County American Legion Family Meetings Are Held Monthly

The American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, and the American Legion Post 197 meet on a monthly basis here in Pike County. All meetings are held at the Post 197 Building located at 645 Meansville Road in Zebulon, Georgia.

For more information, contact pikepost197@gmail.com.

GED Classes Offered at Concord Baptist Church

GED classes and are offered at Concord Baptist Church (8670 Hwy. 18). Amy Tate is there every Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Students may also register for the program at the same location and times. All classes, books, and materials are free. Scholarships for GED testing fees are available. Contact Amy at atate@sctech.edu or 770-467-6036 for more information.

GED Classes Offered at New Mercy Baptist Church in Griffin

Southern Crescent Technical College, in collaboration with New Mercy Baptist Church, now offers Adult Education/GED classes at New Mercy Baptist Church, 742 Park Road, Griffin. The classes are held each Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 'til 8:30 pm.

The classes are free to the public and enrollment can take place at the class, or by calling Dr. Jeffrey Bright at (770)757-6252.

Funds are even available to take the GED exam for those completing their requirements. It's never too late to get a GED and now it's FREE!

Pike Family Connection Meets at Christ Chapel in Zebulon

Pike Family Connection meets on the first Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Christ Chapel in Zebulon. Christ Chapel is located at 68 Old Zebulon Road on Hwy 19 across from the 9th Grade Academy.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Powell of the Pike Community Resource Network at (770)295-9208. Find out more about Pike Family Connection through their FB link: www.facebook.com/connectpike/.

The Alzheimer's Association Is Here to Serve You and Your Family

The Alzheimer's Association has a Georgia Chapter that offers services, programs, education, and support groups in our state. Click on the links to find out about what is offered here and how you can become involved. The calendar has a list of dates and times for upcoming events, programs, etc. that is invaluable for families affected by Alzheimer's.

This group has been in existence since 1982 and has seven regional offices as well as a state office in Atlanta. Find out more at www.alz.org/georgia about how the Alzheimer's Association can help you and your family!

Rent and Utility Assistance Services for Counties: Lamar, Pike, Spalding, And Upson

GRIFFIN - The Salvation Army here at Griffin, Georgia services the counties of Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson for these communities’ social service needs. Many individuals utilize our House of Hope Homeless Shelter, Clothing Voucher, and Food Pantry programs from these counties, but they do not take advantage of our Rent and Utility Assistance Program. We want to change that because we care about everyone in all of these counties.

If you live in these counties, or know of anyone who does, and you need assistance with your rent and/or utility issues, we are here to help. Our funding is limited, but we are committed to serving the residents of the above-listed counties with the resources entrusted to us with due diligence. To apply, contact us at 770-412-6561 to discuss your concerns and/or schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you. God Bless You.

Community Events
2021 Pike County Holiday Schedule

January 1, 2021 ............................................................................. New Year’s Day
January 18, 2021 ........................................................ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 2, 2021 ....................................................................................... Good Friday
May 31, 2021 ................................................................................... Memorial Day
July 5, 2021 .............................................................. Independence Day (observed)
September 6, 2021 ...................................................................................Labor Day
November 11, 2021 ............................................................................ Veterans Day
November 25, 2021 .................................................................... Thanksgiving Day
November 26, 2021 ............................................................ Day after Thanksgiving
December 24, 2021 ............................................................ Christmas Eve Holiday
December 27, 2021 ....................................................................Christmas Holiday

2021 Board of Commissioners Meetings Schedule

This is a list of the Board of Commissioners Meetings. Morning meetings begin at 9 a.m. and evening meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Town Hall meetings are held 15 minutes prior to each regular meeting.

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Pine Mountain Trail Association -"Roadside Trash Pickup"
Workday at FDR State Park

PINE MOUNTAIN - Do you want to help out in a project that will benefit many at a public venue? Does your group want to participate in a group project picking up trash and making a community asset shine? FDR Park is looking for volunteers to help with a roadside trash pickup. Workdays are FREE and volunteers of all ages are welcome. You do not have be a PMTA member to participate and you do not sign up in advance or call ahead. Just show up a few minutes before the stated start time.

Click here to find out more about this and a list of hikes at FDR Park. Please tell them that you read about this on Pike County Times and snap a selfie or two and send them to editor@pikecountytimes.com as you work or hike!

Burning Restrictions Lifted

The EPD burning restrictions go into effect May 1 and last through the summer months until October 1 each year.

For more information visit the Georgia Forestry Commission’s web site at https://gatrees.org/ or call your local office of the Georgia Forestry Commission at (770)227-5522 or (706)646-6011.

You can also contact the Georgia Environmental Protection Division at (404)362-2671.

Recycling Center Is Also Recycling E-Waste Like Old Laptops, etc.

Pike Countryside is now accepting E-WASTE free of charge at the recycling center. Click here for more details.

American Legion Pike Post 197 Holding Membership Drive

American Legion Pike Post 197 is holding their annual membership drive.

For more information or to become a member, please contact the Commander at 706-457-3068 or the Adjutant at 404-709-6609.

Attention Pike County Ministers

If you are a minister serving Pike County, Georgia, we would love for you to join the Pike County Christian Ministerial Association.

We are here to support fellow ministers and their churches and organizations while we serve Pike County.

You do not have to be a pastor; you can be a minister or chaplain in an organization as long as you are serving the Lord and our community spiritually. No dues or other financial obligations.

Forward your Name, church, or organization, and contact information to pccma2017 @ gmail.com (remove the spaces), and we will contact you with further information.

J. Joel Edwards Public Library to Extend Amnesty for Overdue Books - November 22-30

In the spirit of Thanksgiving the J. Joel Edwards Public Library will focus on some special patrons – those who have “long overdue items.” From time to time, patrons approach the front desk with items that they knew had been turned in but later evolved between the couch cushions, under the back seat of the car, in a packing box, at Grandma’s house in Texas, or in a child’s backpack. The 20-cents-per-day overdue fines have reached the maximum charge of $10 per item. Those fines can quickly become extremely overwhelming. Click here for more.

Pike County Christian Ministerial Association Hosts
Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration - November 23

The Pike County Christian Ministerial Association cordially invites you to our Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration, where we will be gathering all together as one to worship, fellowship, and give thanks to the Lord for the many blessings we enjoy.

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church will host the service. Rev. Al Shackleford will bring the message.

We hope to see you on: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Casual Attire.

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church is located at 14550 Highway 19, Griffin, GA 30224.

A love offering will be accepted.

Psalm 133:1: "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!"

Second Annual Zebulon Christmas Craft Market - Saturdays Starting November 27

The Zebulon Downtown Development Authority is pleased to announce the return of last year's successful Christmas Craft Market, located on the ground floor of the 1828 Coffee Company on the Courthouse Square. Gift buyers can park behind the building and enter the Market using the rear entrance located at the patio of the Coffee Company. "We are excited to welcome back many of the craft makers who made the inaugural Christmas Market such a big success last year--come and discover one-of-a-kind gifts in wood, stained glass, jewelry, and other natural materials," stated Chris Curry, a ZDDA member. "I know that many of the gifts made in Pike County were purchased and sent to friends and family all over the United States."

The Market will open Saturdays from 10-3 on November 27, December 4th and 18th. On Saturday, December 11th many of the vendors will join others on the Courthouse Square for the Christmas Festival which will feature a parade, Santa Claus, and other activities throughout the day.

J. Joel Edwards Public Library - December Calendar

Polar Express Night at the Library: Thurs., Dec. 2 at 5:00 pm. Watch a favorite holiday movie with refreshments. The library will also be giving out Polar Express-themed souvenirs. Seating is limited, call the library at (770) 567-2014 to RSVP.

Christmas Stories and Santa Visit: Sat., Dec. 4, 1:00 at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library. Stop by for seasonal stories and a FREE picture with Santa Claus. Call the library at (770) 567-2014 for more information or stop by the library during business hours. MWF 10-5 TTh 10-7 Sat. 10-3.

Winter Photo Booth: Stop by the library during business hours Dec. 6-11 for a free winter photo booth opportunity. Dress up in your best holiday attire and get a free snapshot with fun winter props.

Adult DIY Class: Sat., Dec. 11 at 1:00 PM at the library. Free and all materials provided. Seating is limited, call (770) 567-2014 to RSVP. Ages 16+.

J. Joel Edwards Public Library: The library will be closed Dec. 24-27 in observance of the holidays. No items will be due during this time. For more information, call the library at (770) 567-2014.

Annual Lighting of Concord - Friday, December 3

CONCORD - The City of Concord invites you to the annual Lighting of Concord, Friday, December 3, Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Gather around crackling fireboxes with friends old and new, enjoy pony rides for the children or eat tasty food served along Main Street. Sing along with live entertainment!

Santa arrives early this year with visits by appointment only beginning at noon and ending at 8:30 pm. You only need one slot per child/family. Santa’s photographer will be on site to capture that special moment with your child! To be courteous to all Santa’s visitors and keep things flowing, pictures with Santa will be limited to the professional photographers’ options of 1) a digital photo (email) for $15 or 2) a maximum of 2 photos taken by our photographer with your device. (Sign up link will be released on November 17. Look in the Journal Reporter, Pike County Times, and on the City of Concord's Facebook page.)

Times Two Remember Event Center Presents Breakfast With Santa - Saturday, December 4

Come join Santa for a magical morning in Meansville on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Times Two Remember Event Center. Tickets are $20 each and include breakfast, pictures with Santa, and an opportunity to write a letter to the North Pole and receive a return letter by Christmas!

Each attendee (adults and children) must have a ticket to be admitted. Breakfast menu includes pancakes, choice of bacon or sausage, muffins, cinnamon roll, fresh fruit, and a beverage.

This is a limited occupancy event to guarantee a great interaction with Santa for each child in attendance!

Times Two Remember Event Center is located at 3022 US Hwy 19 in Meansville just south of the flashing caution light. Click here for tickets.

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC Presents Free Photos with Santa on Saturday, December 4

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, loves giving back to our community. One way in which our firm continues to give back is by hosting a number of events throughout the year. One such event is our annual Free Photos With Santa event.

With help from Santa’s elves, we are able to bring Santa Claus to our community every year. The best part about the event is that it is FREE.

The event is BYOC (bring your own camera), and you can take as many photos as you like, pose as much as you want, and make memories to last a lifetime. Our firm also has cameras available at the event to take photos for you, which are then made available for free on our Facebook page.

Mark your calendar for Free Photos with Santa on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 1 to 4p.m. at 306 South 5th Street in Griffin.

2021 Pike County Memorial Annex Induction Ceremony - Saturday, December 4

On Saturday, 4 December 2021 at 6:00 p.m. the Pike County Board of Education Meeting Room within the Pike County Memorial Annex on U.S. Route 19, Zebulon, the Pike County American Legion Family consisting of Post 197, Legion Auxiliary Unit 197, and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 197 will host the 2021 Pike County Memorial Annex Induction Ceremony.

The 2021 inductees are Navy Petty Officer Third Class Marvin R. Adkerson, Navy Seaman Second Class David E, Ledford, Army Air Corps Private Marion B. Smoot, and Marine Corps Private Perry R. Story. Besides honoring these Pike County natives, the theme of this year’s program is the Evolution of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Highlights of the Program will be POW/MIA tribute since inductee was a prisoner of war and two are MIAs to this day, are brief history of the Memorial Annex and cumutive facts on the 33 inducted service members, introduction and biography readings of the four inductees and the unveiling of each inductee’s shadow box, special PTSD presentation since one of the inductees died as a result of PTSD, and Taps in honor of the four inductees.

The Memorial Annex Class of 2021 will join 29 other previous inductees. The Pike County community is invited to attend this ceremony in honor of these four heroes, and increase their knowledge of Pike County history, the Second World War, our military services, and the evolution of PTSD.

Sign up and Mark Your Calendars for the 2021 Pike County Christmas Parade - December 11

Happy Almost-But-Not-Quite-Christmas! The Pike County Christmas Parade and Festival is back this year, set for Saturday, December 11th.

In addition to the parade, there will be vendors, live entertainment, and children's entertainment.

Click here for more.

Concord 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser - December 11

On Saturday, 11 December 2021, the Pike County American Legion Post 197 will host a 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk fundraiser to be held in the Concord, Georgia area. The start window is between 8:00 and 11:00 am, and a there is a choice between a 5K (3.1 miles) and a 10K (6.2 miles) course. Early registration fee is $25, and the deadline is 4 December 2021. Late and day-of registration is $35. Everyone who registers receives an event T-shirt. The T-shirt design will be a caricature of two Concord historical and distinctive landmarks.

Parking and the start are located outside the City of Concord on the Richardson property at 1067 Strickland Rd, Concord, GA 30206. Signs will be positioned directing you to the Start location. For registration forms contact the Event Director, Bryan Richardson at 678-764-2611 or email: rich5060 @ bellsouth.net. (Remove the spaces on this email.)

This event is Post 197’s third Run/Walk in Concord and its 13th overall in Pike County. The Run/Walk is a fundraising event to benefit our American Legion Veteran and Community programs while at the same time providing a healthy event for the community. The events rotate among the five cities of Pike County. By participating in each of the city events, one can conduct the Tour de Pike through traveling to and participating in the scenic courses. If you are an avid runner, you can use this event as an interesting workout for your running program. We take pride in providing scenic courses. For those of you who have attended a previous Run/Walks in the Concord area, this year’s course has new sights and are different from the last two Concord events. The two courses are generally flat and use city streets and walking path, and county secondary paved and dirt roads. Rest areas will be located on the courses. There are mile markers for those timing themselves. There are no restrictions on strollers and dogs on leashes.

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