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BREAKING NEWS: 2020 Local Election and Voting Information
(This will remain up top until after the November Election)

ZEBULON - 2020 is going to be a big election year with the Presidential Primary and Election occurring as well as local, non-partisan, state, and federal elections. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This has info on almost every race now. I'll upload the remaining as soon as I receive the info.]

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Updated 5.11.20
 
Christ Chapel to Hold Farm to Family Distribution

ZEBULON - There will be a food distribution at Christ Chapel's new location in Zebulon (across from the schools) at 68 Old Zebulon Road beginning at 2 PM on Thursday. This distribution is for everyone regardless of income and is NOT restricted to Pike County so everyone is welcome. There are no papers to fill out. Just show up! How does it work? They will start with the cars that are lined up. Then, they will load pallets for churches and organizations to take back to their locations for distribution. Loading pallets is estimated to begin around 3:30 PM. It is free. It is for everyone. If your church or organization would like to pick up a pallet (or two or three!), please have your pastor or representative contact Mike Cox at 770-755-0134. There are 56 boxes per pallet.

Each Farm to Family Box Contains:
4 pounds of fruit
4 pounds of vegetables
5 pounds of pre-cooked meats
1 pound of cheese
1 pound of butter
1/2 gallon of milk
There will be 1,344 boxes total.
UPDATE: This will be held this Thursday and on Thursday the 18th.

Submitted 6.3.20
 
Marie Broder Becomes First Woman to Serve as
Circuit’s District Attorney
By Sheila Mathews, Owner and Publisher of The GRIP

ATLANTA - Marie G. Broder was sworn in today as district attorney of the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Broder’s husband held the bible and her little girl looked on during the Wednesday morning ceremony at the Georgia Capitol as Governor Brian Kemp swore her into office. Click here for more.

Submitted 6.3.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Pamela Price James

Mrs. Pamela Price James, age 62, of Meansville, passed away on June 3, 2020, at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 6.3.20
 
Molena City Council Regular Meeting
Monday, June 8, 2020 – 6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Molena, Georgia

ZEBULON - Public comments are at the beginning of the meeting. Then the call to order, pledge and invocation, approval of the agenda and minutes from March 9, Invited Guests: Randy Davis/Wild Daisy- Plat Subdivision Request Dunn Road, Chief of Police Report, Reports from Council and Committees: Buildings, Streets and Grounds - Allison Turner, Public Safety - Damon Riggins, Ways & Means- Glenn Beckham, Water - Jennifer Riggins, the Mayor's Report will include a discussion about playground equipment, Old/Unfinished Business will include SPLOST/LMIG, Police Car Grant, City Zoning Ordinances - Three Rivers Regional Commission, No Smoking Ordinance - 2nd Reading, Floor Repair, Window’s in Clerk’s Office, Records Storage Room, and Council and Mayor Pay Increase Resolution, and New Business will include 2019-2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan Resolution, Part Time Grounds Worker, and July Budget Workshop Scheduling. There will be an Executive Session and Council Comments at the end of the meeting. The next regular meeting will be on July 13, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Submitted 6.3.20
 
Get Educated and Make Your Voice Heard
Republican Primary Is on Tuesday

BARNESVILLE - District 131 candidates Beth Camp and Kenny Coggins spoke at the Lamar County Republican Party meeting tonight. There were no questions and each were allowed 5 to 7 minutes to speak to those attending. It was a simple time of getting to know the candidates better and talking to them before and after the meeting. You can obtain contact information for both candidates in the article above entitled "BREAKING NEWS: 2020 Local Election and Voting Information."

Click here for Beth Camp's speech.
Click here for Kenny Coggins' speech.
[Note from the Editor: If you appreciate being able see election information like this, please support your local online newspaper. I had to sit in the Milner Library parking lot for 1 1/2 hours to upload on their wifi because it would NOT have downloaded on my home internet for days...]

6.2.20
 
Kemp, State Officials Give Press Briefing

ATLANTA - At the State Operations Center this afternoon, Governor Brian P. Kemp and state officials gave a media briefing. Governor Kemp gave the following remarks Click here for more.

Submitted 6.2.20
 
Loeffler Cosponsors Resolution Designating Antifa as Domestic Terrorist Organization

ATLANTA – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) cosponsored S.Res.279, a resolution designating Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization. The resolution was introduced by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, Americans, including myself, are angry and each of us has a right to protest peacefully,” Loeffler said. “But the violence, destruction and anarchy brought to cities across America by mobs incited by Antifa are not principled protests and are detracting from the peaceful protests. Antifa activists too often ignite tensions, commit acts of violence, instill fear and spread chaos. Their violent activity is distracting us from honoring George Floyd’s memory and preventing us from coming together to solve the issues our country faces. It’s time their criminal behavior is rightfully recognized by labeling Antifa a domestic terrorist organization. I commend President Trump and Attorney General Barr for taking action to hold Antifa accountable and determine who is organizing these destructive protests.” Click here to read the actual legislation.

Submitted 6.1.20
 
Protest Permit Granted for Sunday Evening in Downtown Griffin
By Publisher Sheila Mathews of The GRIP

GRIFFIN - A permit has been granted for a protest to be held in downtown Griffin Sunday evening. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.30.20
 
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORKSHOP
Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 5:00 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER .................................................................................... Chairman J. Briar Johnson
2. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. § 50-14-1 (e) (1))
3. NEW BUSINESS: WORKSHOP – FY 2020-2021 Budget
4. ADJOURNMENT

The public is invited to attend.

Submitted 5.30.20
 
J. Joel Edwards Public Library Board to Meet

ZEBULON - The J. Joel Edwards Public Library Board is meeting on June 11th at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Submitted 5.30.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Marion Otis Gooden

Mr. Marion Otis Gooden, age 92, of Meansville, passed away May 29, 2020, at his home. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.30.20
 
Pike IDA to Meet- June 3

ZEBULON - The Development Authority of Pike County will hold the Regular Monthly Meeting on June 3, 2020 - 8:00 am in the Development Authority Conference Room. If you plan to attend please let me know as we will have social distancing guidelines in place should we exceed the maximum amount of people allowed in the room.

Submitted 5.28.20
 
The Republican Party of Lamar County to Meet - June 2
Includes Beth Camp and Kenny Coggins

BARNESVILLE - The Republican Party of Lamar County will hold its June Meeting Stewart Bragg, Beth Camp, and Kenny Coggins on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:30 PM on the Courthouse lawn located at 326 Thomaston St, Barnesville, GA 30204. Executive Director Stewart Bragg will be the guest speaker and will be talking to us about the GAGOP and Five Star Program. We will also have Beth Camp and Kenny Coggins who are both running for Ga House of Representatives District 131.

We will be having this months meeting at the County Courthouse to accommodate our members due to the current covid situation. We will be meeting outside and will have a PA system in order for all to hear the meeting and our guest speakers. Click here for more information or to ask questions.

Submitted 5.28.20
 
Kemp, State Officials Give Update on COVID-19

ATLANTA – At 4 PM today, Governor Brian Kemp, Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Adjutant General Tom Carden, and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Homer Bryson gave an update on Georgia's fight against COVID-19. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.28.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville 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. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

5.27.20
 
A Day of Remembrance
By Guest Columnist Marie Broder, District Attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit

GRIFFIN - This Monday marked the passing of another Memorial Day. For many, it is a day to enjoy a long holiday weekend with friends and family. But for those who have served in our military, or have lost someone who has served, it is an occasion to remember the sacrifice made by a fellow soldier, family member, or friend. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.26.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Deborah “Debbie” Delores Lindsey Sampson

Mrs. Deborah “Debbie” Delores Lindsey Sampson, age 66, of Griffin, passed away May 24, 2020, at her home. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.25.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. John Thomas Millwood

Mr. John Thomas Millwood, age 96, of Concord, passed away May 21, 2020. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.25.20
 
Annual Pike County Memorial Day Observance Online This Year
Link To Broadcast Included Below

ZEBULON - On 25 May 2020, the Pike County American Legion Family 197 will host the annual Pike County Memorial Day Observance Program at 10:00 a.m. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic still in force, I am excited about broadcasting the Program on WKEU “The Rock”, FM 88.9 and AM 1450. This is the first time the Legion Family has conducted a virtual type patriotic program. Memorial Day is normally reserved to honor the military who have died defending the freedoms we enjoy every day. Based on the current pandemic, the Post 197 Executive Committee decided that they would make this an even more special Memorial Day.

Times have been rough during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a war going on, and the front lines are in the hospitals and those who respond to patients with the disease. The health care workers and first responders have always been our heroes; however, now more than ever, they are risking their lives and dying helping to save Americans every minute of the day. So, for this program, not only will the military be honored and remembered, but also our first responders and health care workers.

The program will feature special prayers and tributes dedicated to health care workers, first responders, and military which will include Last Call, three Federal Signal Que siren blasts, three-round volley, and Taps. Special music will be played during the occasion. Veterans from Pike County who died since last Memorial Day will be recognized and honored. On Memorial Day, the flags will be a half-staff from dawn to noon and a new wreath will be posted at the Pike County Veterans Memorial.

If you are social distancing or staying home or in your vehicle on Memorial Day, and looking for some sort of worthy event, please tune in to WKEU at 10:00 a.m. Listen to the Program as we honor and recognize our great military, first responders, and health care workers. Click here to hear the program in its entirety.

Bryan D. Richardson, Commander
Pike County American Legion Post 197

Updated 5.25.20
 
Got Medicare? Get a no-cost test for COVID-19
By Seema Verma, Administrator, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

WASHINGTON DC - If you have Medicare and want to be tested for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Trump Administration has good news. Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in your home, doctor’s office, a local pharmacy or hospital, a nursing home, or a drive-through site. Medicare does not require a doctor’s order for you to get tested. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.21.20
 
Jason Proctor for District 3 Commissioner

ZEBULON - My name is Jason Proctor. I am running for Re-Election of District 3 County Commissioner.I have lived in the county for 35 years. I am married and graduated from Pike County High in 1997. I co-own a family business that has been in the county since it was established in 1994.

I'm currently serving my first term. During my short time in office, I led the action for the Second Amendment Sanctuary status. Most weekends I ride the roads in my district and report back to the County Manager any issues I find so he can pass along to Public Works and they can be addressed. I have been working closely with both to try and find a solution for our road conditions. These are just two examples of the many issues I have been working on.Before I was elected I served on the Planning Commission and have kept in close contact with the director and other members of this board. Therefore I am current on the issues we face in this County.

I live here, work here, shop here, and contribute to many organizations in the community. I am asking for your vote so I may continue the work that I have started. With your help we will Keep Pike Great. Please contact me at jproctor@pikecoga.com or through Facebook for more info or with any concerns.

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BREAKING NEWS: Read a Copy of Pike County Candidate Campaign Disclosures
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Times keeps a close eye on the many facets of each election that and its potential effects on Pike County and its citizens. This election cycle is no different. Click here for more.

Thank you to First Bank of Pike for sponsoring Pike County Times’ Breaking News Alerts! If you want to find out about how you can get Breaking News Alerts, click here. Thanks for reading and supporting Pike County Times.com!

5.20.20
 
District 131 Political Forum Can Be Heard Online

THOMASTON - On May 14, 2020, the Upson County Republican Party and WTGA Fun 101 Thomaston presented a Republican Candidate Forum with Upson County Commission candidates and District 131 candidates. Pike County Times has uploaded the audio copy of the forum for the District 131 candidates. Click here for more.

5.20.20
 
Wreck Does Not Result in Serious Injuries

ZEBULON - Last Thursday around 6:26 p.m., a wreck occurred on Concord Street (Hwy 18) headed toward Concord. Click here for more.

5.20.20
 
The J. Joel Edwards Public Library Now Has Curbside Pick-Up

ZEBULON - Beginning Monday, May 18, the J. Joel Edwards Public Library will begin a curbside pick-up service for patrons who are looking to check-out reading materials or movies. Patrons will be able to swing by the library Monday through Friday between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM to receive their items in a contactless check-out. Curbside customers should pull up to the front door and call the library, with their card number, to let a staff member know they have arrived to pick-up their items. While the driver’s window remains rolled up, patrons should show the staff member their library card and then roll down the window of an unoccupied seat in the vehicle. Patrons can also pop their trunk and have the items placed there instead. Any books that patrons may wish to return can be placed in the outside book drop each weekend from 5:00 PM Friday to 10:00 AM Monday. For more information about curbside services, or to request an item, call the library at (770) 567-2014 or visit www.gapines.org.

Submitted 5.20.20
 
Recycling Center to Reopen on June 1

ZEBULON - The recycling center in Pike County will be back open for business June 1, 2020. Thank you for your patience during this shut down time.

Please make sure all containers are washed out since they cannot recycle dirty containers.

Submitted 5.20.20
 
Burning Restrictions Began on May 1

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.

5.20.20
 
City of Zebulon Makes Arrests

ZEBULON - The City of Zebulon has made the following arrests: Boone Hoover, 24 year old white male from Pike County, for Driving on suspended license and cracked windshield and Justin Reid, 24 year old black male from Griffin, for Driving on suspended license and Tag light.

Submitted 5.19.20
 
Griffin Making Changes to Downtown Roadway

GRIFFIN - As part of the Griffin Town Center Livable Centers Initiative, road construction crews will build a concrete island on Georgia 155/Hill Street at Poplar Street in Downtown Griffin on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 and 21, and also Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The workers will not be active through the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.19.20
 
Law Enforcement Warns About Fake Burn Permitting Scam

ZEBULON - The Georgia Forestry Commission is warning landowners to beware of an internet scam purporting to issue burn permits. The only way to secure a legal burn permit in Georgia is to get one online at GaTrees.org, by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN or by contacting a local office of the GFC. In some cases, a burn permit may need to be obtained from local county or city officials/offices, based on local ordinances. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.19.20
 
Scam Alert: Georgia Power Is NOT Calling and Demanding Payment
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - A number showing as 770-306-4075 called me and others in the area saying that Georgia Power is going to cut off our power in the next 45 minutes if we didn't pay immediately. I punched the number 1 to speak to someone and then advised the SCAMMER (on their voice mailbox) that I was reporting them for fraud and they had better not EVER call me again. I got a call from at least one other person who got the same call, and she doesn't have Georgia Power either. Bonnie (the person who called me) asked if I could let people know about this.

Georgia Power is NOT doing this to people, and they don't call their customers and treat them like this. DO NOT PAY THIS SCAMMER.

This may be a spoofed number. I called the number and got a fast busy signal. I have reported the incident to the Pike County Sheriff's Office. Check with elderly relatives to ensure that they do not pay these scammers. Hopefully NO ONE gives these scammers money today.

5.18.20
 
Free COVID-19 Testing Is Coming to Pike County - May 19th

ZEBULON - The Georgia Department of Public Health has advised that free COVID-19 testing will be in Pike County on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No need to have symptoms in order to get tested. Testing will be conducted at the Pike County Elementary School located at 607 Pirate Drive in Zebulon on the bus lot side. Walk ups will be allowed, but appointments are preferred. Call 1-800-847-4262 to make an appointment. Click here to find out more.

Submitted 5.18.20
 
Early Voting in Person Begins on Monday, May 18th

ZEBULON - Early voting in person begins Monday, May 18th across the state.

For more information on voting, please go to the Pike County Voter Registrar page at: www.pikecoga.com/registrar.

5.16.20
 
Ginny Blakeney for Pike County Probate Judge

ZEBULON - Virginia “Ginny” Blakeney of Williamson officially announces her candidacy for the 2020 Pike County Probate Judge Election. Ginny is a lifelong resident of Pike County who stays actively involved with the community and is dedicated to public service.

With almost 6 years of experience working with the local government she is committed to meeting the needs of the citizens in a conservative and sincere manner.

As the community continues to experience rapid growth it will be imperative that the Probate Office move forward with new energy and a fiscally responsible approach that will both enhance and increase the services provided into the future.

Ginny would appreciate your VOTE for PROBATE JUDGE on June 9th!

Click here for more.

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Beth Camp for Georgia House of Representatives District 131

CONCORD - I’m Beth Camp, Republican candidate for the vacated seat in the Georgia House of Representatives District 131 for Lamar, Upson & Pike Counties. This election is unlike any other in our American history. I would knock on your door if I could and ask you for your vote. I would smile warmly as I shook your hand at a political forum or event answering any question you have regarding my position on upholding the Constitution, prioritizing education, and rural economic development. I would come to your organization or church and discuss the importance of Christian conservative values in our society.

For now, those activities are on hold so we can continue to protect our most vulnerable citizens. I care about you, your needs, and the needs of this community we all love. As the only candidate in this race with a voting history, my record of being a fiscal conservative is fact, not promises.

I can’t speak with you face to face to ask for your valuable vote, so please accept this as my formal invitation to support and vote for me in the Republican Primary on May 19th either at your voting precinct in person or using absentee ballot. I need your vote!

Learn more about me, my family, my experience, and my platform at www.CampForGeorgia.com and feel free to join my Facebook page Elect Beth Camp for Georgia House of Representatives District 131 for immediate information updates.

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Rebekah Hanson for Clerk of Superior Court

ZEBULON - As a proud citizen of Pike County, I am very excited about my campaign for Clerk of Superior Court. My platform will include not only my vision, but also a collaboration with the citizens of Pike County.

Rebekah is an active member of the Pike County community and committed to serving others with excellence. As a Conservative Republican, Rebekah will serve the growing Pike community with a sound fiscal policy while focusing on moving the office of Clerk of Superior Court forward in to the decade.

Please stay tuned in the coming weeks as I unveil my 2020 campaign platform on March 6th!

Please vote Rebekah Hanson June 9th!

Click here for more.

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Brent Taylor for Pike County Probate Judge

I am Brent Taylor and I am seeking the office of Probate Judge for Pike County because once again, God has placed this on my heart. I am married to Clint Taylor and I have 2 children and 2 stepchildren, 3 of which attended Pike County schools. I received my paralegal certification with the University of Georgia’s paralegal certification program in 2008. I recently discovered that my 4 times great grandparents (Ancel Kitchens and Mary Harris) were married in the Pike County Probate Court on January 1, 1843. I find this amazing that after 177 years, I have come full circle back to the place they were married and hopefully become the next Pike County Probate Court Judge.

I have served as a paralegal for our Pike County Administrator for 11+ years. During this time, I have gained experience in the probate process from start to finish. I have assisted many families who were faced with settling their loved one’s estate and affairs during a very difficult period in their life. I have assisted with guardianships of adult and minor Wards of the court managing their income and expenses which provided me valuable insight and capability in completing court mandated reports. I have experience in general management and office management which I will use to efficiently and effectively operate the Probate Court within the budgetary guidelines set by the County Commissioners. I can assure the citizens of Pike County that the Probate Court office will be up to date as our county is quickly growing.

I am past chapter leader and current member of the steering committee for The Compassionate Friends of Central Georgia, a self-help support group for bereaved parents and families who have lost a child, I am a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church where I serve on the bereavement missions committee and serve as Vice Chairman of the Pike County Board of Appeals. I also served as chairman and vice-chairman of the Pike County Republican Party from 2010-2018 and have worked on numerous boards over the past 20 years including the SPLOST committee, Pike Middle PTO officer and Slow Exposures. I promise integrity and I earnestly ask for your vote and support in electing me as your next Pike County Probate Judge on June 9, 2020. Click here for more.

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Pam Thompson for Clerk of Superior Court

ZEBULON - My name is Pam Thompson. It has been my pleasure for nineteen years to serve you. This is not a job I take lightly. What we do and how well we do it, affects you. With nineteen years of service in an extremely efficient office, it would be my honor to continue to serve you as your Superior Court Clerk. Though technology has changed our office a great deal, I never want it to replace the personal ways that our office responds to the individual citizens of Pike County.

I was married for 43 years to Tim Thompson. We had 5 children before I was widowed in 2016. We now have 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Three of our children live in Pike County: Matt & Ashley Thompson, Laura & Ricki Reeves, and Callie Thompson. Our 2 oldest children are Becky (Steve) Haddox and Brent (Christie) Thompson. I have worked in the clerk’s office since 2001, shortly after moving to Pike County. I served as deputy clerk for nine years, chief deputy for nine years and was appointed Clerk of Superior Court on March 1, 2019. I have worked in each of our 4 major departments: Civil, Criminal, Juvenile and Real Estate, and I continue to update my training. Many people ask me what the clerk’s office does. We are mainly responsible for keeping records. Every record that enters our office is date stamped and filed. Newer records are scanned into the computer, while older records dating back as far as 1823 are located in the index books maintained in our office. All of these records, with the exception of juvenile and adoptions, are open to the public.

Our civil, criminal and juvenile departments date stamp, file and assign a case number and judge to each case. We then compile a court calendar, notify all parties and attorneys of their court date, issue summons, and subpoenas. Civil cases include divorce, adoption, child support and contract accounts among others. Criminal includes all felony and misdemeanor cases, while juvenile handles all delinquent cases, children under the age of eighteen and dependency cases, such as children requiring care. Our real estate department affects nearly every resident of Pike County. Each time a property exchanges hands, the deed is recorded in our office. Each deed, plat and lien is recorded, with a book and page number before scanning and transmitting them. After proofing and indexing them, they are available for you to view on your home computer or in our record room. We are responsible for issuing jury summons for grand jury and trials. It is also our job to transmit appeals to the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. My office is always open to you. Please come by the Courthouse, and I will give you a personal tour. I would appreciate your vote on June 9, 2020! www.facebook.com/thompsonforclerk/

PAM THOMPSON, Clerk Superior/Juvenile Court Pike County

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Vote Tricia Gwyn for District 4 County Commissioner

ZEBULON - Why am I running for Commissioner? I have been a resident of Pike County for almost 15 years. I am married to Rusty Gwyn and we have 3 beautiful daughters. I currently work alongside my husband at his company, General Machine Diecron, Inc that is located in Pike County and I have been an agent at McLeRoy Realty for 15 years.

My desire is to create a strong board of commissioners who work closely, and who will allow all of Pike to grow in a positive manner. I want to sit at the table with the school board and help resolve the issues that growth has placed before them. I want all forms of Pike Leadership to come together annually to talk about each of their issues and priorities, and then work on ideas to resolve them. I want to find the most effective ways to reach these resolutions and to seek savings that could ease our current budget.

I want to involve the citizens of the 4th district and keep them informed, via social media, emails or phone calls. Topics such as current board agendas, rezoning applications, and other items they want answers for. I want to see the community conversations be about resolutions and being united on preserving Pike County as the wonderful place we all cherish. I want to have an open-door policy where people can communicate with me about their ideas and concerns within our district and engage them in the discussion to help plan for the future of our area. I want to be your County Commissioner and I want your vote! Email issues that matter to you: PCGADistrict4@gmail.com. What you have to say matters to me! [Note from the Editor: You can visit Tricia's Facebook by clicking on her red ad below. It also has her phone number.]

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Marci Hanson Asks for Your Vote in the BOE District 5 Race

ZEBULON - Marci Hanson has worked for Piedmont Healthcare for 23 years and currently serves as the Coordinator for Student Placement. In this role, she handles over 6,000 students annually from high schools, colleges and universities that need clinical hours as part of a certificate or degree program. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She currently serves on the Executive Board for Three Rivers Area Health Education Center that serves 28 counties, including Pike. Marci also serves on numerous other advisory boards for local school districts, colleges and universities, such as Southern Crescent Tech, Gordon College, and West Georgia Tech.

Marci is proud to call Pike County home for over 20 years and wouldn’t choose anywhere else to raise her family. She is married to Don Hanson who is a Special Education Teacher at Pike County High School and the Head Baseball Coach. She has three children, Dylan, Cooper and Marissa. Dylan is a 2018 graduate from Pike County High School and currently serves in the United States Army as a Combat Medic. Cooper is currently in the 10th grade at Pike County High School and Marissa is in the 8th grade at Pike County Middle School. Through her work and partnerships, Marci has been able to help create incredible opportunities for students throughout the state. She is passionate about bridging the gap between education and industry and having strong partnerships throughout. This passion for providing excellent opportunities for all students and fully supporting our fantastic teachers and staff has driven her to run for the Pike County Board of Education. Thank you for your support!

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Pike County Parks & Recreation Authority Makes Some Difficult Decisions
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - The Pike County Parks & Recreation Authority Board met on Thursday night in order to make some very difficult decisions on recreational sports in our community. Decisions were made about spring sports, the Soccer Complex Walking Track, when to reopen the complex, and the 2020 Pride of Pike Independence Day Celebration. Click here for more.

5.15.20
 
Man identified as Crips member arrested in shooting death of 12-year-old boy
By Sheila Mathews, Owner and Editor of The GRIP

GRIFFIN - The Griffin Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Marshal Service, on Friday morning executed a search warrant at 105 Forrestwood Drive, resulting in the arrest of 21-year-old Octavious Montrell Lyons in connection with Saturday, May 9 shooting death of a 12-year-old boy. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.15.20
 
Political Forum Can Be Viewed Online

THOMASTON - Earlier tonight, the Upson County Republican Party and WTGA Fun 101 Thomaston presented a Republican Candidate Forum that can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube at the link below. The forum included an opening and closing statements and questions between Upson County Commissioner Chairman Candidates Norman Allen and Rex King and Georgia State Representative District 131 Candidates Beth Camp and Kenny Coggins. Click here for more.

5.14.20
 
H&R Block in Zebulon - For Expertise That Matters

ZEBULON - Need help filing taxes, including your federal tax return and state tax return? We're here year-round to provide the tax know-how you need. Looking to find every last available tax deduction to minimize your taxes and maximize your return? We're experts at it.

H&R Block is located at 9219 Hwy 19, Zebulon GA 30295. Right down from Freshway. Give them a call at (770) 567-3840 and tell them that you saw their ad on Pike County Times! Click here for more.

5.16.20
 
NASCAR Returning to Georgia for Rescheduled Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

ATLANTA – Governor Brian P. Kemp is giving NASCAR the green flag to get back on track and go racing in Georgia next month for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.14.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Linda Marie Ellberbee Moore

Linda Marie Ellberbee Moore, age 77, of Porterdale, formerly of Covington and Meansville, passed away May 12, 2020, at her home. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.13.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. William Joseph “Bill” Durasky, Sr.

Mr. William Joseph “Bill” Durasky, Sr., age 52, of North Port, Florida, passed away May 11, 2020. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.13.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Arnold Hubert Jones

Mr. Arnold Hubert Jones, age 78, of Zebulon, passed away May 10, 2020. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.11.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Charles Wayne Martin

Charles Wayne Martin, age 56, of Molena, passed away May 7, 2020, at his home. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.11.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Robert Lynwood Huckaby

Mr. Robert Lynwood Huckaby, age 84, of Meansville, passed away May 8, 2020. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.9.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Diane Grande Whatley

Diane Grande Whatley, age 67, of Pike County, passed away May 6, 2020, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.9.20
 
Tax Commissioners Office to Reopen With Distancing Restrictions

ZEBULON - Note from Tax Commissioner Donna Chapman: We have been closed to the public for over a month now. We have been open the past to weeks by appointment only for title transfers. Unless Pike County has a major increase in the number of positive for the covid19 virus, we plan to reopen on Monday, May 11th.

Unfortunately we will only be able to allow 3 people into our office at time. We are trying to maintain the 6 foot rule as well as trying to protect our taxpayers and employees. Keep in mind that when there are 3 people in the office, you will have to stand outside and wait for your turn. We greatly appreciate you patience and understanding.

Submitted 5.9.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville 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 5.9.20
 
All Jury Trials Have Been Postponed

ZEBULON - All juries scheduled for Pike Court Superior Court have been postponed until after June 12, 2020. Georgia Supreme Court Justice Melton extended his judicial emergency order for 30 days from the previous order.

Anyone who received a jury summons for April or May will receive a new summons as soon as a new date has been given.

Submitted 5.8.20
 
Burning Restrictions Began on May 1

ZEBULON - 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 www.gfc.state.ga.us 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.

Submitted 5.8.20
 
Facts on the Asian Giant Hornet
Courtesy of UGA Extension

ZEBULON - A flurry of recent press coverage has created a surge of interest in the Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. The coverage is not traced to any recent event. The insect was found last September 2019 in Vancouver Island (Canada) and again in December 2019 in Washington state. But to date, this invasive insect is not present in the state of Georgia, nor indeed, east of the Mississippi. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.8.20
 
BREAKING NEWS: Zebulon Library to Open Curbside Service
By Guest Colmnist Alyssa Williams

ZEBULON - Beginning Monday, May 11, the J. Joel Edwards Public Library will begin a curbside service pickup for patrons who have received items through the holds system. “The beginning stage of this curbside service is to clear out the backlog of holds that we received before we closed the building to the public,” stated staff member Helen Carter. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.8.20
 
Pike County Celebrates the National Day of Prayer 2020

ZEBULON - The first Thursday in May normally brings a celebration of the National Day of Prayer on the courthouse square. With restrictions being placed upon meetings even in the outdoors, the 2020 National Day of Prayer celebration has been recorded and has been uploaded to YouTube for the annual celebration of the National Day of Prayer being held across the country on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Click here for more.

5.6.20
 
Update on Concord Road
By Editor Becky Watts

CONCORD - Pike County has experienced some higher than average rains so far this year. Concord Road just past Bottoms Road washed out in March of this year. The county is working with the state to get this section of road repaired. Pike County Public Works has submitted designs to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and this will soon be going out for bid. Restructuring will include repaving the road crossing after it is repaired and including safety rails.

GDOT will be funding the project. Keep an eye on county commission meeting agendas and post agendas for more information on the finalization of this project. (Note from the Editor: Thank you to County Manager Ron Alexander for returning my call so quickly today!)

5.5.20
 
Montgomery Lodge #31 Cancels Annual Spring BBQ

ZEBULON - Due to the ongoing social distancing requirements, the Montgomery Lodge #31 has cancelled the annual spring BBQ. We will see you all in the fall for our annual BBQ, thank you for the continued support. God Bless America and God Bless You All!!

Submitted 5.4.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Jimmy Ray Wehunt

Mr. Jimmy Ray Wehunt, age 73, of Jackson, passed away May 2, 2020, at his home. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.4.20
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Mary Ann Cato Tapley

Mrs. Mary Ann Cato Tapley, age 82, of Concord, passed away May 3, 2020, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home in Barnesville. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.4.20
 
The Wheels Keep Turning
By Guest Columnist Marie Broder, District Attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit

GRIFFIN - I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and healthy. As our Governor has begun to announce plans to reopen the State, many of you may be wondering how the pandemic has and will continue to affect our justice system. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.2.20
 
BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Kemp Appoints Ben Miller, Jr. to Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court

ATLANTA - Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced his selection of Ben Miller, Jr. to fill a vacancy on the Superior Court of the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Miller will fill the vacancy created by Mack Crawford's resignation. Click here for more.

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Submitted 5.1.20
 
Scam Alert: Venmo Scam Sends You Money “by Accident”
By Guest Columnist Kelvin Collins

MACON - If someone sends you money out of the blue, it’s probably an honest mistake, right? Not necessarily. If you use Venmo or another digital wallet, such as Zelle or Apple Pay, watch out for this high-tech twist on a classic fake check con. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.1.20
 
Pike Voters Can Vote In Person or By Absentee Ballot

ZEBULON - Pike County Chief Registrar Lynn Vickers advised by phone today that absentee ballots have been going out to residents all over the state since April 21. A mass mailing began on that day and then go out each evening after receiving notification from the Pike County Registrar’s Office each day. Click here for more.

4.30.20
 
Gov. Kemp Extends Protections for Vulnerable Georgians, Releases Guidance for Businesses

ATLANTA - Today Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 4.30.20.01 and issued the following statement: "Tonight at 11:59 PM, the statewide shelter in place order for most Georgians will expire. However, moving forward, I am urging Georgians to continue to stay home whenever possible. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.30.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
April 28, 2020 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on April 28, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville 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. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.] Click here for more.

4.29.20
 
BREAKING NEWS UPDATED: Pike County Offices to Reopen to Public Access Beginning on Monday, May 4th
Some Offices of Elected Officials Have Remained Open
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - County Manager Ron Alexander wrote a letter regarding the closure of public offices in Pike County earlier today. An accompanying public notice was given to all offices to hang on their doors and a notice was sent out about the cancellation of the next night meeting at the end of the month. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This article has been updated on April 27, 2020, but the best policy is to call before just showing up at an office to find out their policies.]

Thank you to First Bank of Pike for sponsoring Pike County Times’ Breaking News Alerts! If you want to find out about how you can get Breaking News Alerts, click here. Thanks for reading and supporting Pike County Times.com!

Updated 4.25.20
 
BREAKING NEWS UPDATED 4.27: Pike County Offices
to Reopen on Monday, May 4th
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - County Manager Ron Alexander advised all regular county employees by email on Friday afternoon that they would be going back to work on Monday. This has now been changed to Monday, May 4th instead of today. [Note from the Editor on April 27: There is a note from the editor in the article that explains this mix up.] Click here for more.

Thank you to First Bank of Pike for sponsoring Pike County Times’ Breaking News Alerts! If you want to find out about how you can get Breaking News Alerts, click here. Thanks for reading and supporting Pike County Times.com!

4.25.20
 
BREAKING NEWS: Grady Ambulance Proposes
Changes to Their Contract
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Yesterday, Pike County Times learned that Grady Ambulance would be a topic of discussion during Tuesday night's regularly scheduled Board of Commissioner's meeting. Upon review of the proposed contract, Pike County Times learned that Grady Ambulance proposes to change the yearly required amount, change location of housing for its Zebulon ambulance (and possibly the Molena ambulance since Concord is listed specifically on the contract), and introduce a clause that there will be an annual review by March 15 of each following year "to determine proposed changes in the Annual Fee for budgeting purposes." Click here for more.

4.25.20
 
Pike County Magistrate Court Continues to Provide Services By Appointment Only or Through Alternative Service Options

ZEBULON - Chief Magistrate Marcia Callaway-Ingram advised that the Pike County Magistrate Court's office will continue to provide services by appointment only or through alternative service options that do not require a face to face encounter. "As we come under the rules and orders of the Supreme Court of Georgia, and consistent with Chief Justice Harold Melton’s statewide judicial emergency declaration, your Magistrate office will continue our health-safety precautions and alternative service options at least through Wednesday, May 13," she said. "Your Magistrate staff is successfully handling your business via these alternatives, and we remain available to assist you personally, by appointment, when needed."

Please visit their website at magistratepikega.com or call 770-567-2004 if you have questions, concerns, or wish to schedule an appointment.

4.25.20
 
City of Zebulon Reopening Lobby Access

ZEBULON - Zebulon City Hall will reopen for lobby traffic only on Monday, May 4th, 2020. If you so choose, you may continue to utilize the white drop box located in front of city hall to make water bill payments, or you can pay them online at www.zebulonpayments.com. Please feel free to call 770-567-8748 if you have any questions or need other types of assistance.

Submitted 4.23.20
 
Three Woodbury Men Arrested for Drug Trafficking and Distribution

WOODBURY – On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, along with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, Upson County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, and LaGrange Police Department, executed a series of search warrants and arrest warrants resulting in the arrests of three individuals. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.23.20
 
Swift Water Rescue Team Rescues Stranded Kayaker
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Yesterday afternoon around 2:45 p.m. Pike County’s E911 got a call advising that a kayaker needed to be rescued from the river close to the Flat Shoals Bridge. Click here for more.

4.22.20
 
Georgia’s child welfare agency shares tips on creating safe communities during COVID-19 quarantine

ATLANTA - The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is committed to ensuring the safety of children and youth throughout the state. The COVID-19 pandemic brings with it uncertainties, anxiety and risks. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.22.20
 
Georgia DFCS Staff Work on the Front Line During COVID-19 Pandemic

ATLANTA — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) remain committed to protecting children and serving families across Georgia. The economic impact caused by COVID-19 has drastically increased the need for food and medical assistance for many families. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.22.20
 
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Monday, April 20, 2020 – 5:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. PLEASE NOTE: Pike County Board of Commissioners will be following and enforcing the Executive Orders issued by Governor Brian Kemp due to the COVID-19 virus. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.17.20
 
Thank You to First Bank of Pike

MOLENA - Introducing the first sponsor of Pike County Times’ Breaking News Alerts! First Bank of Pike has been serving customers in Pike County and the surrounding area since 1901 and offers Personal and Business banking with a personal touch. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! Click here for more. Please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! at www.firstbankofpike.com/. Tell them Pike County Times sent you!

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ZEBULON - If you appreciate hometown news from www.PikeCountyTimes.com, please consider donating to help pay for the time that goes into the in depth reporting that you see there. If you are interested in becoming a breaking news subscriber, click here for all of the details that you need to know. An annual donation of $25 or more will get an email or text message sent to you with breaking news as it happens. There is a link in purple at the bottom of each page on www.PikeCountyTimes.com that enables donations through PayPal. Donations can also be sent through the mail to Pike County Times, PO Box 843, Zebulon GA 30295, delivered in person, or you can call me with a credit card and I can email or mail a receipt to you.

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4.17.20
 
Thank You to SJ Reeves Land Surveying

ZEBULON - SJ Land Surveying specializes in land surveying, planning, and subdivision design. Thank you to SJ Reeves Land Surveying for helping provide your news for free on Pike County Times!

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Thank You to Food Depot

GRIFFIN - Thank you to Food Depot for advertising with Pike County Times! There are two convenient locations at 1201 West Taylor Street and 816 North Hill Street. Click here for more great deals from Food Depot. Please tell them that you read about this and other deals on Pike County Times!

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Update from your Pike County Magistrate Court with Regard to COVID-19
By Guest Columnist Marcia Callaway-Ingram Chief Magistrate, Pike County Georgia

ZEBULON - Pike County Magistrate Court remains open for business (although closed to public walk-in), with adaptations to keep folks safe and flatten the curve of COVID-19. Rest assured that we are working hard at the State and local branches of government to keep up with the rapidly changing recommendations in this time of uncertainty. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.14.20
 
GEMA/HS, DPH Partner to Protect First Responders

ATLANTA - The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health, will begin to provide a list of COVID-19 cases in each jurisdiction to 911 centers this week. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.14.20
 
Gordon Plans Virtual Spring Commencement; August Date Tentative for Campus Celebration
By Katheryne A. Fields, Director of Marketing

BARNESVILLE - Spring graduates for Gordon State College received information recently regarding a virtual ceremony scheduled on the original date of graduation, May 15 at 9 a.m. Graduates will be recognized online and the ceremony will be accessible to the families and friends of the graduates. An on-campus ceremony is also planned for these students to walk across the stage to receive their diploma on August 9, pending CDC guidelines for the Coronavirus group gatherings have been lifted. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.13.20
 
COVID-19 Is Impacting Those Who Are Homeless Too
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Times was contacted by a homeless woman from Texas at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. She is living in a vehicle in a parking lot because she is disabled and has nowhere else that she can go because of a situation that is not under her control involving the loss of her disability. Click here for more.

4.11.20
 
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 5:00 p.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. Click here for more.

4.2.20
 
Recycling Halted at the Transfer Station Until COVID-19 Threat Has Passed; All Items Must Be Buried With the Trash

ZEBULON - Pike County Times received this letter from Pike Countryside Sanitation, Inc. this afternoon in regard to the Transfer Station and Recycling Center. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.18.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville 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 3.9.20
 
BREAKING NEWS: Update on the Zebulon VA Clinic
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Times received an update on the VA Clinic from Zebulon City Administrator Larry Mitchum. He advised that a memorandum of understanding has been signed to provide water and sewer to the facility. Click here for more.

2.27.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
February 25, 2020 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on February 25, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville 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. [Note from the Editor: The meeting is complete.]

2.27.20
 
J. Joel Edwards Public Library Board Meeting - November 14, 2019
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - This Library Board Meeting was attended by Gillian Appleton (Chair), Joy Walker, Patty Talley, Anthony Vinson (Secretary), Kathy Zellner, Library Manager Rosemary Bunn, and FRRLS Representative Natalie Marshall. Patsy Page came in after the meeting started. Attempted to bring Cynthia in by phone. Visitors: Rhonda Morgan, Becky Watts. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: I have not attended Library Board meetings for some time--and it's a good thing! Read through this meeting to the note in blue and you will understand why. They are doing a great job!]

2.13.20
 
BREAKING NEWS: Pike County Is Officially a Second Amendment Sanctuary County
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - With a comment from the public before the meeting and some discussion regarding legalities in the official meeting, the Pike County Board of Commissioners voted this morning to approve a resolution declaring Pike County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. The vote was approved with all five commissioners voting yes. Click here for more.

Thank you to First Bank of Pike for sponsoring Pike County Times’ Breaking News Alerts! First Bank of Pike has been serving customers in Pike County and the surrounding area since 1901 and offers Personal and Business banking with a personal touch. If you want to find out about how you can get Breaking News Alerts, click here. Thanks for reading and supporting Pike County Times.com!

2.12.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
January 28, 2020 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Courthouse Doors on East/South Sides open at 6:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on January 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville 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. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

2.6.20
 
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. Click here for more.

[Note from the Editor: This editorial was written last year and still stands against this terrible legislation that is in the hopper for this year. I sent my Entreaty for Common Sense every single co-sponsor on this legislation and did not receive even one response. You can monitor this legislation through Georgia General Assembly by clicking here.]

1.15.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
January 8, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on January 8, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville 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 to the beginning of the meeting. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Click here for more.

Submitted 1.6.20
 
Griffin Police Department and the Media - PART IV
By Editor Becky Watts

GRIFFIN- This is the fourth in a series of articles about the Griffin Police Department and its interactions with the local media. It would be helpful for readers to read Parts I, II, and III prior to reading Part IV. Click here for more.

12.23.19
 
Griffin Police Department and the Media - PART III
By Editor Becky Watts

GRIFFIN - This is the continuation of an in depth series investigating interactions between the Griffin Police Department and the media. It would be helpful for readers to read Parts I and II prior to reading Part III which is based on an interview of Chief Yates of the Griffin Police Department. Click here for more.

10.21.19
 
Griffin Police Department and the Media - PART II
By Editor Becky Watts

GRIFFIN - Pike County Times had some issues receiving press releases from the Griffin Police Department (PD) earlier this year. In the course of trying to work with the PD to obtain these press releases by email, the public information officer (PIO) for the PD made a derogatory comment about a member of the local news media complaining of being treated unfairly. Click here for more.

10.14.19
 
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. In the course of this discussion over whether something can be called a “press release” if it is not issued and sent to the press, Pike County Times decided to investigate whether there was a difference in how the local and Atlanta media were treated as well as seeing if any news media were singled out for special treatment. This is the first part of a series of articles. Click here for more.

10.7.19
 
Please Say Thank You to Advertisers on Pike County Times

ZEBULON - Do you enjoy reading Pike County Times for FREE? Please say thank you to those who advertise with me and provide this service to you. How can you say thank you? You can help Pike County Times by doing business with each of these advertisers and making sure that they know that you appreciate their support of your free, independent online newspaper -- Pike County Times.

6.30.17
 
Thank You to CGA Comp

THOMASTON - Danny Shumate from CGA Comp is the webmaster for Pike County Times. Danny designed Pike County Times as you see it today and has taught me how to hand code this entire website. (He truly has the patience of a saint because I am NOT a programmer.) He helped me with a complete revamp of Pike County Times in 2007 and again in 2011. Danny can put together a website for your business. From a basic website to a website full of bling, CGA Comp can help you promote your business on the world wide web at a price that is right for your budget. Danny Shumate at CGA Comp can be reached at 706-741-5929. Tell him that the Pike County Times sent you!

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Thank You to Southern Digital Captive Audience

ZEBULON - Standing in line at a business counter and need something to do? How about looking at the ads on the screen provided by Southern Digital Captive Audience Advertising. This advertising combines digital signage with advertising for your business in local businesses on a big screen tv. For more information about how you can showcase your business through captive audience advertising, call 770-616-5412. Tell them that the Pike County Times sent you!

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Thank You to Pike Pest Management

ZEBULON - NO WEEDS. NO BUGS. NO PROBLEMS. Pike Pest Management is owned and operated by Mark Andrade. Pike Pest Management has a special for Pike County Times readers. Mention that you saw their advertisement on Pike County Times and ask for 10% off of your initial service. Call Pike Pest Management at 770-567-FLEA (3532) for all of your pest control needs! Tell them that the Pike County Times sent you!

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Thank You to Mid Georgia Chiropractic

BARNESVILLE - Looking For a Good Chiropractor? Mid Georgia Chiropractic is owned by Mark Fink from Pike County. His business is located on 818A College Drive, Barnesville right down from Subway. I have been going to him for more than fifteen years. Mid Georgia Chiropractic is now open on Thursdays and closed on Fridays. New hours are: Mondays 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 to 6 p.m. Mid Georgia Chiropractic is now closed on Fridays and remains closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Call Mid Georgia Chiropractic at 770-358-2003 for more information. Tell them that Pike County Times sent you!

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Thank You to Prayer Power of Georgia Inc

ZEBULON - Prayer Power of Georgia, Inc. is a faith based 501(c)3 private foundation dedicated to developing and maturing the spiritual lives of those in our community, as we aspire to fulfill the Great Commission. Through educational materials, instructional programs, and community leadership in discipleship, Prayer Power of Georgia shall demonstrate and promote a richer more fulfilling spiritual and prayer life in our community. Prayer Power sponsors the annual National Day of Prayer and Pike County Baccalaureate Graduation event each year as well as awarding the Saints in Light and Faith Awards each year. Click here to find out more about Prayer Power of Georgia, Inc. and get signed up to receive daily devotionals.

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Thank You to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home

ZEBULON - The Moody-Daniel Funeral Home is independent and locally-owned by the Moody Family and has been serving families since 1982. Currently, owned and operated by Terrell and Sherri Moody and Tim Daniel, the firm was founded by Terrell’s parents, Charles and Betty Moody. Tim Daniel joined the Moody family in 2012, and the funeral home became Moody-Daniel Funeral Home and Cremation Services. It continues to be a family-centered firm. The words, “our family serving your family” are at the heart of everything we do." For more information about Moody-Daniel Funeral Home, click here or call 770-567-8642. Tell them that you read about Moody-Daniel Funeral Home on Pike County Times!

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Thank You to Pike Countryside Sanitation

CONCORD - Pike Countryside Sanitation, the oldest and largest sanitation service in Pike County, is available for all of your recycling and sanitation needs. Pike Countryside Sanitation. It specializes in 20, 30, and 40 yard industrial roll-off containers and has 2, 4, 6, and 8 yard front load containers too. Pike Countryside Sanitation provides curb and home pick up in Pike, Meriweither, and Spalding Counties. Call 770-884-0088 and tell them that Pike County Times sent you!

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Thank You to Racquethause South Fitness Club

ZEBULON - Racquethause South Fitness Club provides total healthcare fitness in Zebulon. You won't get the body that you want overnight, but with hard work and dedication, you will get it soon enough. Let us help! Racquethause South offers equipment to work out at your own pace, trainers, and classes of all types to fit all kinds of lifestyles. Step class, Yoga, Crossfit, Spin, Bootcamp, and Silver Sneakers are just a few of the classes that we offer! You can check out Racquethause South on Facebook or drop by and see what they have to offer at 11500 Hwy 19 North in Zebulon. Call Racquethause South at 770-567-4487 to find out what specials they are running for new members. Tell them that Becky Watts at Pike County Times sent you! You may even see me there!

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Thank You to Full Blown Firearms

HAMPTON - Full Blown Firearms is a faith-based Christian company that is family owned, family oriented and kid friendly. Call Brad Ward at Full Blown Firearms at 678-463-8155 for all of your firearm needs or check out http://www.fullblownfirearms.com for more details about training and gunsmithing and follow Full Blown Firearms on Facebook.

Full Blown Firearms is located at 1074 Bear Creek Blvd, Suite L in Hampton just south of the racetrack. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Call Brad Ward at Full Blown Firearms at 678-463-8155 for all of your firearm needs. Tell him that you read about Full Blown Firearms on Pike County Times.com!

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Thank You to First Bank of Pike

MOLENA - Introducing the first sponsor of Pike County Times’ Breaking News Alerts! First Bank of Pike has been serving customers in Pike County and the surrounding area since 1901 and offers Personal and Business banking with a personal touch. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! Click here for more. Please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! at www.firstbankofpike.com/. Tell them Pike County Times sent you!

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Thank You to Food Depot

GRIFFIN - Thank you to Food Depot for advertising with Pike County Times! There are two convenient locations at 1201 West Taylor Street and 816 North Hill Street. Click here for more great deals from Food Depot. Please tell them that you read about this and other deals on Pike County Times!

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Thank You to SJ Reeves Land Surveying

ZEBULON - SJ Land Surveying specializes in land surveying, planning, and subdivision design. Thank you to SJ Reeves Land Surveying for helping provide your news for free on Pike County Times!

SJ Reeves Land Surveying is located at 11491 Highway 19 North in Zebulon. Call Steve J. Reeves RLS at 770-584-5203 or email him at sjreevessurveying@gmail.com and tell him that you saw his ad on Pike County Times!

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Thank you to 1st Choice Mechanical

CONCORD - Let us be your 1st Choice for all of your electrical, heating and air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, alarm systems and more! We also install and service alarm systems for the discriminating building owner. 1st Choice Mechanical provides residential and commercial HVAC and electrical installation and service.

We are licensed and insured. Click here for more.

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The Sellers Law Firm - Where Clients Become Family

GRIFFIN - The Sellers Law Firm is located at 100 South Hill Street Ste 502 in Griffin, Georgia and specializes in Criminal Defense/DUI, Family Law, Personal Injury, Simple Wills, Social Security Disability and Worker's Compensation.

Please tell them thank you for supporting Pike County Times! Click here for more.

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For Tires and All Your Auto Needs - Rooster's Garage in Zebulon

ZEBULON - Need tires? Call 770-567-8333 and see what Rooster's Garage can do for you. They can mount and balance your tires right here in Zebulon. Looking for a car or truck that is reasonably priced right here in Pike County? Do you need an oil change or have a windshield that needs to be replaced? Do you need brake work? What about paint and body on your vehicle? Rooster's Garage is the place to go! Thank you to Pike County Times' newest advertiser who is helping keep Pike County Times FREE to readers. Click here for more.

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Thank You to North Griffin Animal Hospital

GRIFFIN - Looking for a complete wellness care for your cats and dogs including preventative and diagnostic services? Look no further than North Griffin Animal Hospital located at 1799 North Expressway, Griffin, GA 30223. Does your pet need surgery including spay or a neuter, urgent care, or dental work? The experienced vets and techs of North Griffin Animal Hospital would love the opportunity to provide this much-needed care for your beloved pet.

Call NGAH at 770-227-4125 to set up an appointment. Click on their advertisement on the right side of the page to read more about them on their website. Tell them that the Pike County Times sent you!

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Thank You to Reagan Remodeling

MOLENA - If you need some work done around your house from decks and porches to flooring and handmade cabinets, all Anthony Reagan at Reagan Remodeling. He has 40 years of experience that he can put to work for you! Click here to see examples of his work.

If you're looking for quality work, look no further than Reagan Remodeling. Anthony Reagan from Reagan Remodeling has 40 years of experience. And he's local! Give Anthony a call at 404-886-8508 for an appointment or estimate. Tell him that you saw his work on Pike County Times!

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Southern Rock, Sand, and Gravel - For All Your Needs!

WILLIAMSON - Has the recent rain made your driveway a mess? Do you need rock or sand for a foundation or other project around your home or barn? Call Brad Armistead at (678) 588-9465 and find out how easy it is to have a delivery made! Southern Rock, Sand, and Gravel is locally owned and operated. Click here for more.

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Movie Trivia

Brought to you by:
"The Oink Joint BBQ" on the Courthouse Square in Zebulon.

Hint #1: Team work
Hint #2: Many together as one
Hint #3: Out of control children
Hint #4: Dust in the wind


Here's the rules.
1) One winner from each household every three months.
2) First correct answer to my email address above wins a free pulled pork BBQ sandwich from "The Oink Joint BBQ".
3) My family members are ineligible.
4) Email coupon must be used within 60 days.
Past Trivia Winner: Congratulations to Malissa Allen for guessing Enchanted!
 
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
 
Questions About Open Government?

Sunshine Laws

A Link to the State of Georgia's Website

"Government operates best when it operates openly."
 
CONCORD

In The
1920's and 30's
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Pike 2000

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