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A Review of 2019 As We Look Toward a New Decade
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - There were many blessings as well as some tears shed in our county in 2019. There were good times, and there were arrests. There was a storm that brought crazy wind to tear up neighbor's homes. And there was flooding at the beginning of the year and a drought throughout most of the rest of the year with December finally bringing relief.

There are many, many stories of people helping people here in Pike County. Many that are not even chronicled here because helping people around us is something that Pike County is known for, and there are more stories than Pike County Times has heard about!

Our county has gone through some turmoil with a county manager resignation after less than a year on the job, an extended search period for a new county manager, and a vote for a new county manager at the end of the year.

Many of these events were breaking news stories that are sponsored by First Bank of Pike. If you want to find out about how you can get Breaking News Alerts, click here.

This is a recap of many of the major events that happened over the year.


Dine, Dance, and Donate?

GRIFFIN - The fifth annual “A Taste of Two Counties” library benefit dance will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Kiwanis Event Center (1025 S. Hill St.) in Griffin. Co-sponsored by the Friends group of the J. Joel Edwards Public Library, the dance will feature the big band sounds of the 17-piece Night Train Swing Band and the smooth vocals of frontman, Kevin Arney.

A Tribute to the Four Chaplains
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Amy Nazarov grew up hearing stories about Granddad’s friend who died long before she was born. Her Granddad’s friend was one of four chaplains from different faiths who showed their extraordinary faith when their ship was attacked and sank during World War II. When she was older, she decided to write a song to celebrate this friendship that her Granddad told her about. The story and the memory of these Four Chaplains lives on even today!

Acts of Love Uganda Is Ministering to Children and Families in Uganda

ZEBULON - Did you know that over half of Uganda's population lives on less than $2.00 a day? Did you know that in Africa, malnutrition contributes to nearly half of all deaths in children under 5, which is 3 million young lives a year? Did you know that Uganda is a landlocked and fertile country with many lakes and rivers and some 84% of the population live in rural areas and rely on subsistence agriculture?


Pike Primary Celebrates Hero Day in Honor of Fallen Officer Chase Maddox
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike Primary celebrated Hero Day on Friday, February 8, 2019 to honor fallen police officer Chase Maddox who was a resident of Pike County and worked for Locust Grove Police Department. His son, Bradin, is a student at Pike Primary School, and the anniversary of Chase’s end of watch is February 9th.

Kiwanis of Pike County Serve the Community - Free GED Classes in Williamson
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Kiwanis of Pike County held its regular weekly meeting at the Concord Café on Thursday, January 31, 2019. The special speakers were Brian Hill and Janice Johnson to talking about FREE GED Classes that are being held in Williamson, and there were a number of topics that showed how involved our Kiwanis members are right here in Pike County!


Arrests Made in Williamson Yesterday

WILLIAMSON - On Wednesday afternoon around 4 p.m. deputies from the Pike County Sheriff's Office made a vehicle stop on Hwy. 362 in Williamson near Hutchinson Road. Deputies were investigating a report stolen power tools after receiving a complaint about suspicious activity around new construction at Ashley Glenn Subdivision.


My Thoughts on H.B. 734: Entreaty for Common Sense
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - HB 734 is entitled the "Ethics in Journalism Act" and is supposed to create journalism ethics board that will govern media entities throughout the state of Georgia. This letter basically walks through my reasons that the legislation is bad and encourages any who are already signed onto this legislation to walk away from it. This legislation is in clear violation of not one but two constitutions, and it deserves a very loud rebuke in the public square.

Molena Purple Heart Day and 5K/10K Run/Walk - April 27
By Editor Becky Watts

MOLENA - The City of Molena and The Pike County American Legion Post 197 hosted a Molena Purple Heart Day on Saturday, April 27, 2019. It was a time of fun for friends and family as they walked and ran in the American Legion 5K/10K Run/Walk even in the morning, and a time of patriotism later in the morning as Molena honored those who have been awarded the purple heart in this Purple Heart City.

Best Friends Compete for Top Finish at Summit Atlanta Motorama
By Guest Columnist Ramey Womer, UMI Performance

HAMPTON - The Summit Racing Atlanta Motorama on April 27-28 was an epic event in many regards but it’s always the backstories that are the most interesting.


BREAKING NEWS: Grady Ambulance Contract To Be Amended
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Grady notified Pike County on March 22, 2019 that it would be unable to continue under the current agreement and gave Pike County a sixty (60) day notice as required prior to the renewal term of July 1, 2019. The Pike County Commission did not agree to any of the terms that Grady proposed in the letter (details in the article below) at a recent commission meeting, but Pike County agreed to meet with Grady and see if negotiations would find common ground. Pike County Times has learned that the Pike County Commissioners and Grady/South Georgia Ambulance have come to an agreement on the contract.

BREAKING NEWS: Pike Investigators Make Arrests In State-Wide Credit Card Fraud Ring

ZEBULON - Pike County Sheriff's Office Investigators have made several arrests involving a state wide credit card fraud ring. Ace Hardware had been the victim of several purchases made by the suspects during which $10,378 in merchandise had been purchased using stolen credit card numbers. Items such as zero turn lawn mowers were purchased in what appeared to be legitimate purchases at the time. The suspects made multiple trips to over a period of time and used different individuals to make the purchases. The credit card numbers were found to belong to victims from throughout the country that had no idea their information was being used.


BREAKING NEWS: Large Donation to Help Pike County's Animal Control Facility
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Animal Control was on the agenda of the Pike County Commissioners today. County Manager Bobby Bickley presented a letter to commissioners concerning the possibility of a donation not less than $225,000 that is to be used to either construct or provide substantial renovations to the current animal control facility. This has been an ongoing discussion for many years with the county only providing what is mandated by the state at this time with vicious dogs. What will the next few years hold for Pike County?

BREAKING NEWS: County Manager Bobby Bickley Resigns
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - After an hour long executive session that was added at the beginning of the commission meeting by request of the County Attorney in reference to something that was brought to his attention today, County Attorney Rob Morton asked that the Board of Commissioners entertain a motion to accept County Manager Bickley's resignation. It was accepted 4-0.

BREAKING NEWS: Storm Weather Causes Damage in Pike County
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The National Weather Service (NWS) in Atlanta advised that 88 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued between Thursday and Sunday. This is more than any other area in the entire country. Pike and surrounding counties have been hit with storms throughout the weekend leaving debris in the road, trees tangled in power lines, and many homes without power.

Congratulations to 2019 Prayer Power Faith Award and Scholarship Winners

ZEBULON - Prayer Power is proud to announce the two recipients of the 2019 Prayer Power Faith Award and Scholarship. One graduating senior from Pike County High School and CrossPointe Christian Academy received this honor.

Congratulations to the Recipient of the 2019 Saints in Light Award

ZEBULON - Prayer Power of Georgia Inc. accepts nominations from the community for the “Saints in Light” award each year. This award is presented an individual who is serving in our community in a way that is spiritually inspiring, motivating to others, and who has an influence of encouragement in our community.


Join the Family Fun at the Pride of Pike 4th of July Celebration

ZEBULON - The Pride of Pike 4th of July Celebration is scheduled for June 29th, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the Pike County Soccer Complex. As usual, the event will include vendors, inflatables, live music, and a fireworks display - with an added tractor show for this year since they will be in the parade that ends at the festival location.

Pike County Students Receive School Supplies from Operation Homefront
By Guest Columnist Kim Johnson

ZEBULON - Pike County Public School System and three homeschool families of veterans at the American Legion Post 197 recently received a generous donation of school supplies from Operation Homefront, an organization that provides support to member families with school age children and assists teachers in providing supplies for their students. Bryan Richardson, Commander of American Legion Post 197, contacted representatives from area schools to receive the supplies from Brett Quinzon, a reservist with Fort Benning who helps by making deliveries of supplies.


BREAKING NEWS: Molena Health and Rehab Closing After Termination from Medicare Program
By Editor Becky Watts

MOLENA - Pike County Times called Molena Health and Rehab last week after finding out that it was closing from a comment on social media. The person who answered the phone advised that all residents were being relocated and the facility was closing. Later that day, after receiving an anonymous tip about the facility closing because of complaints, Pike County Times made some phone calls to the state and requested information about the closing through the Open Records Act.

Eagle Scout Replaces Roof on Local American Legion Post
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - He wanted to make a difference. Ethan Sulewski was in the 8th grade and looking for a project to complete the requirements for Eagle Scout. After generating ideas quite some time, replacing the roof at the American Legion Pike Post 197 was chosen. One grant, one quote, and a whole lot of help from his friends and family, and Ethan’s project has been completed. How did this happen?

Saving Veterans’ Lives One Step at a Time - A 3,000 Mile Journey Across the United States
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Jimmy L. Novak is walking 3,000 miles to raise awareness for PTSD and suicide prevention. He began walking in Washington State on March 22 and will end his walk in Orlando on August 22, 2019.

J. Joel Edwards Public Library Holds Summer Reading Finale
By Guest Columnist Alyssa Williams

ZEBULON - Each summer, the J. Joel Edwards Public Library presents Pike County residents with the opportunity to participate in the annual summer reading program. The activities and events that are organized during this program are created to encourage residents of all ages to pick up a book, or several, over the course of the summer and set time aside to delve into the world of fiction and non-fiction literature.

The Meansville Music Festival Was a Whole Lot of Fun - Saturday, September 28th

MEANSVILLE - The City of Meansville hosted the Meansville Music Festival on Saturday, September 28 from 12 to 6 p.m. Parking was free and so was admission! There was a car and bike show as well as inflatables and pony rides for the kids. There were raffles and door prizes and great music all afternoon!


Murder in Coweta Shown in the Pike County Courthouse
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The J. Joel Edwards Public Library and Friends of the J. Joel Edwards Public Library hosted three screenings of the acclaimed movie, Murder in Coweta County, this past week. The movie is based on a book about a true story that happened in Meriwether and Coweta Counties in the 1940’s. Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash played the main characters in this movie under the direction of the movie’s director, Gary Nelson, and producer, Dick Atkins. Both Gary Nelson and Dick Atkins were present at the screenings on Saturday as well as Johnny Langley (born John William Turner) and his daughter Amy. Langley’s character in the movie was the baby.

Pike County Remembers on this 18th Patriot Day

ZEBULON - The American Legion Pike Post 197 Family hosted the 2019 Patriot Day Ceremony on the square in Zebulon on September 11, 2019. Around 70 people took time out of their Wednesday to remember September 11 on this fateful anniversary. Tears and pride in our country were the theme of this day.

United Bank Honored for Donating Playground Equipment

ZEBULON - The City of Zebulon held United Bank Appreciation Day on Friday, September 27, 2019 in the City of Zebulon Park. The City thanked United Bank for a $5,000 donation to buy the playground equipment that is pictured here.


BREAKING NEWS: Chapel Roof Collapses at GBCH Yesterday; No One Was Hurt

ZEBULON - Pike County Fire Department Personnel were on scene at the Children’s Home yesterday afternoon where the chapel roof had collapsed. There were no injuries.

BREAKING NEWS: VA Location Will Be the Edwards Property by the North Zebulon City Limits
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Many people around Pike County already "knew" where the VA facility was going to be, but Pike County Times has been unsuccessful in finding someone from the VA to confirm this information. Today's confirmation came from a quick stop along the side of the road to talk with someone who was out there doing work. This goes along with a fascinating history to this piece of property, and a promise that Pike County Times will print the actual confirmation from the VA when the final information is finally gathered and disseminated to the local media.

Come Out to the Concord Country Jubilee - October 19 and 20

CONCORD - The 45th Annual Concord Country Jubilee will be held in downtown Concord on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come out and enjoy a slower pace of life as well as a ton of arts and crafts, entertainment, and many different food vendors to choose from!

26 Students Selected as GOAL Nominees; 2 from Pike County
By Guest Columnist Anna Taylor

GRIFFIN - Southern Crescent Technical College recently announced the nomination of 26 students for the 2020 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) at a reception held October 22, 2019. The annual GOAL program recognizes students who possess excellence in leadership and ability. Chosen for recognition by their instructors, the nominees from Pike County are: Alexis Welch – Medical Assisting and Kimberly Fritz – Medical Assisting.


Griffin Police Department and the Media - PART I
By Editor Becky Watts

GRIFFIN - Pike County Times has covered news for Griffin and Spalding County when time allowed over the past several years. This investigation began because the Griffin Police Department (PD) began issuing press releases only on Facebook and not to the press at the end of January of 2019. The policy has since changed, then changed back, and then changed again, but lately Griffin PD has begun issuing regular press releases to the press again.
pikecountytimes.com/secondary/griffinpolicedepartmentpartI.html [Note from the Editor: There are four articles in this series so far, and this series will continue into 2020.]

Community Comes Together to Build Jacob's Way
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - A work of love honors a young man who was gone too soon. Jacob’s Way is a full 5K cross country course at the Pike County School System that was finished in honor of Jacob Woerner, who was a middle school student here at Pike County when he passed away. The Pike County High School cross country team recently hosted their first meet at home on the course.


BREAKING NEWS: Official Runoff Results from the December 3, 2019 3rd District Commission Election

ZEBULON - Jason Proctor and Jerome Finley were in a Runoff for the District 3 Commission seat formerly held by long-term commissioner Tommy Powers. Jason Proctor won by 8 votes in an election where there was a 7.83% voter turnout.

FLASHBACK: Boy Scout Completes Eagle Scout Project in Hopes of Saving Lives

CONCORD - Bradley Florence, Boy Scout in Troop 107 of Christ Chapel Community Church, in partnership with the Pike County Public Works Department, the Pike County Sheriff's Department and members of Troop 107; installed corner warning signs on Friday, August 2nd along Concord Road near the intersection of Bottoms and Concord Roads. This marked the completion of Bradley’s Eagle Scout project.

BREAKING NEWS: Pike County Manager Has Been Named
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Pike County Commission met in Executive Session during today's Commission meeting to deliberate on the choice of County Manager. Newly elected commissioner Jason Proctor was included in this discussion since he was sworn in prior to today's meeting.

United Bank Brings Christmas Wishes to Local Group of Children

ZEBULON - Employees at United Bank in Zebulon donated 81 gifts to the 27 children in the REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Program in Concord this Christmas.

Moody-Daniel Funeral Home Assisting with Operation Toy Soldier

ZEBULON - Moody-Daniel Funeral Home in Zebulon is celebrating their fourth year participating in “Operation Toy Soldier.” This is a not for profit program that collects toys and gives back to the local community’s service men and women and their families. As a partner of Veterans Funeral Care, Moody-Daniel Funeral Home supports Veterans and their families in any way possible to thank them for their service.

Community Helps Local Veteran
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - A call went out in our community to help a veteran who was having furnace trouble on Veterans Day. Calls were made to find someone who could examine and repair the furnace to determine the part that needed to be replaced and the price. In the end, $1,000 was the amount that was needed.


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Many of these events were breaking news stories that are sponsored by First Bank of Pike. If you want to find out about how you can get Breaking News Alerts, click here.

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