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BREAKING NEWS: Inmate Walks Away from Morning Detail; May Have Left the Area

ZEBULON - Inmate Jason Goolsby walked off of a morning work detail this morning at the Pike County Sheriff's Office. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

Submitted 5.6.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Ronald “Ronnie” Filmore Pitts

Mr. Ronald “Ronnie” Filmore Pitts, age 68, of Williamson, passed away May 5, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.6.21
 
Celebrate National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6

ZEBULON - Prayer Power of Georgia will celebrate the National Day of Prayer on May 6, 2021, on the Pike County Court House grounds beginning at noon. The National Day of Prayer is a patriotic and spiritual celebration of our great nation, a time to join together to honor those who have served in many different capacities and to ask blessings for those serving our community and country as they are called. Community leaders from Pike County will offer words and prayers for seven different prayer points, plus our community, state, nation, world, and all those who need salvation. Click here for more. For further information, please contact, Chaplain Ben Maxedon, Prayer Power of Georgia, PO Box 1263, Zebulon, GA 30295. 770-689-7549. prayerpower4u@bellsouth.net

Submitted 5.4.21
 
Home Lost to Fire Yesterday

WILLIAMSON - At approximately 1:30 pm yesterday, a Southern Rivers employee saw lightning strike the house on Shady Creek Trail when responding to a power outage call in the area. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.4.21
 
Small Plane Flips Upon Landing

WILLIAMSON - Around 2:45 pm Sunday, May 2, 2021, Pike County Fire Department responded to report of a plane crash near Reidsboro Road and Lufberry Circle. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.4.21
 
2021 Pike Baccalaureate Service and Celebration to Be Held - May 23

WILLIAMSON - The 2021 Baccalaureate Service and celebration for Pike County graduates will be held Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 5 p.m. at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Williamson. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.3.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Arnold Douglas Greenberg

Mr. Arnold Douglas Greenberg, age 76, of Thomaston, passed away, May 2, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.3.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. William Marvin “Marty” Harris

Mr. William Marvin “Marty” Harris, age 59, of Milner, passed away May 1, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.3.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Robin Scott “Bob” Baker

Mr. Robin Scott “Bob” Baker, age 83, of Zebulon, passed away April 21, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 5.3.21
 
BREAKING NEWS: Motorcycle Accident Sends Three Alabama Residents to Area Hospitals

HOLLONVILLE - Pike County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a motorcycle accident with injuries on Highway 362 this morning at 8:03 a.m. in Hollonville. A group of six motorcycles was traveling westbound on Highway 362 when one of the motorcycles made contact with another as they were negotiating a curve. Click here for more.

Submitted 5.2.21
 
Sonja Morton Honored as This Year's Saints in Light Award Winner

ZEBULON - Prayer Power of Georgia Inc. honored the 2021 Saints in Light Award winner at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Pike County Commission. Friends and family attended the meeting to honor Sonja Morton. Click here for more.

4.30.21
 
Ten Years After the Storm
By Editor Becky Watts

BARNESVILLE - It's hard to believe that ten years have gone by since the tornado came through Barnesville that night. Lives were lost. Lives were changed. And life has gone on during this time. Click here for more.

4.28.21
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – 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 Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – 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.

Submitted 4.26.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Thomas "Tommy" Campbell

Mr. Thomas "Tommy" Campbell, age 70, of Thomaston, passed away April 24, 2021, at Brightmoor Hospice. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.26.21
 
J. Joels Edwards Public Library Needs Your Input

ZEBULON - Gillian Appleton, Board of Trustees Chair of the J. Joel Edwards Public Library of Pike County, advised Pike County Times that the Board of Trustees needs the public's help in direction for our library. The following is verbatim from a letter that was sent to request this input. "The Board of Trustees of the J. Joel Edwards Public Library of Pike County is currently developing a three-to-five-year strategic plan. Rapid projected growth is predicted in Pike County. It is important that the board has a clear direction for best usage of the expected impact fees. As the library serves the community, it is imperative that the board receives input from the citizens of Pike. This information is very valuable in providing a clear direction. The board has developed a brief survey designed to pinpoint areas of growth or improvement to incorporate into our three-to-five-year strategic plan. We are asking citizens of Pike County, whether you currently use the library or not, to take 5-10 minutes of their time to complete the survey. The library survey can be completed online using the link provided below. The link can also be found on the library website, or on Pike County community pages on Facebook. Hard copies can be located at the Library, the 1828 Coffee Shop, A Novel Experience, United Bank, or the County Manager’s office. The online link will be live and available on Monday April 26th and remain available through May 10th. Hard copies will be available during the same timeframe. On behalf of the board, I thank you in advance for your very valuable input." Survey link : https://forms.gle/7ZcznWmw7EMqVmTd9

Submitted 4.26.21
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews Stowaway

Jackie K. Cooper's Entertainment Rundown for this week can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 4.26.21
 
Zebulon Police Department Makes Arrests

ZEBULON - Zebulon PD made the following arrests:
1. Eric Walker,43 year old black male from Thomaston, for Violation of Parole Zebulon.
2. Jeremy Howell, 30 year old black male, from Thomaston for Violation of Parole Thomaston.
3. Tenli Page, 42 year old female from Zebulon, for felony Violation of Parole For Pike Sheriff's Office.
4. Jason Patton, 37 year old white male, from Griffin for Suspended License.
5. Gwendolyn Copeland, 62 year old black male from Thomaston, for Warrant out of Upson county.
6. Richard Hovle, 40 year old white male from Austell, for DUI drugs, DUI less safe, and speeding.

Submitted 4.26.21
 
Celebrate International Firefighters' Day on May 4

ZEBULON - International Firefighters’ Day is a way to say thank you to the world’s firefighters for all that they do to keep our communities safe. We look forward to celebrating International Firefighters’ Day in 2021. Please save the date and join us again in to celebrate our heroes. May 4, 2021. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.26.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Carolyn Storey Pilkenton

Mrs. Carolyn Storey Pilkenton, age 96, of Molena, passed away April 25, 2021, at Providence Healthcare in Thomaston. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.26.21
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 9:00 a.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 Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 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. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

4.23.21
 
University of Georgia Student Charged with Cyberstalking

BOSTON – A graduate student at the University of Georgia was arrested today on charges that he extorted a Massachusetts woman for videos, photographs and communications of a sexual nature and cyberstalked her for more than a year and a half. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.23.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Lois Anne McCullough Nicholson

Mrs. Lois Anne McCullough Nicholson, age 69, of Barnesville, passed away April 22, 202, at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.23.21
 
Bridge Replacement on Georgia 109 at Gola Creek to Begin May 5

MEANSVILLE - The contractor for the Gola Creek Bridge replacement project has notified that the county that replacement will begin on May 5. Click here for more.

4.21.21
 
Board of Tax Assessors Office Closed on Wednesdays Begining April 21

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Assessment Office shall close the office to the public on Wednesdays beginning on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to allow its staff time to complete preparation of the 2021 Tax Digest applications and to prebill Mobile Home Appeals and Real and Personal Property Returns. Please Note: Official tax matters requiring immediate attention may be presented at the last door on the left in the Annex Building just off the square or inquire at the Pike County Tag and Tax Office located at 79 Jackson Street for drop off assistance. Call The Pike County Department of Property Assessment at 770-567-2002 if you have questions.

Submitted 4.21.21
 
A1C Hatchett Returns Home for Visit

CONCORD - Airman First Class Colton Hatchett is serving as an Aerospace Medical Technician at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. He recently came back home to visit with friends and family. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.20.21
 
Burn Ban Begins May 1 With Exception for Upson County

ZEBULON - Georgia’s annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 47 counties. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) puts the restrictions in place during the summer months, when increases in ground level ozone may create health risks. For seven counties that are normally included in the summer burn ban, restrictions will be activated on June 1, giving them extra time to clear vegetative debris from April storms. Those counties are Banks, Catoosa, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Upson and Walker. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.20.21
 
First Jury Trial Held in the Circuit

SPALDING - I hope all has been well since my last column. We have been extremely busy in the courthouses, and I have excellent news to share with you all. After over a year without trials, we finally held the first jury trial in our Circuit in Spalding County! We are one of the few Circuits in the State to have done so. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.20.21
 
Still Building Strong Students, Strong Careers and Strong Communities Even in the Pandemic: Southern Crescent Technical College

GRIFFIN - Reflecting back, it is certain that this past year has been one unlike any other we have experienced in our lifetime. Although much about this year looked very different from years past, Southern Crescent Technical College has continuously embraced change and stayed committed to our core values and our mission of workforce development. We have proudly upheld our commitment to building strong communities by providing our citizens with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the workforce while assisting them as they pursue their educational, career, and personal goals. This year more than ever, we take great pride in building strong students, strong careers, and strong communities. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.20.21
 
Pike County to Hold COVID-19 Clinic on Tuesday

ZEBULON - The Department of Public Health has put out a notice about an upcoming COVID-19 clinic in our area. There will be a Walk In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinice on Tuesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Chapel Community Church. This will be first doses of Moderna. Christ Chapel Community Church is located at 68 Old Zebulon Road, Zebulon, GA.

If people are still looking for vaccine appointments we have them available in all 12 counties this week or next week. Anyone still looking to get vaccinated can make an appointment online: https://gta-vras.powerappsportals.us or call 1-888-457-0186.

Submitted 4.19.21
 
BREAKING NEWS: GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Coweta County

NEWNAN – On Sunday, April 18, 2021, at approximately 2:55 P.M., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

Submitted 4.19.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Raymond Bailey

Mr. Raymond Bailey, age 82, of Molena, passed away April 18, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.19.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Willie James Andrews

Mr. Willie James Andrews, Sr., age 58, of Thomaston, passed away April 16, 2021, at his residence. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.19.21
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews Thunder Force

Jackie K. Cooper's Entertainment Rundown for this week can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 4.19.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Richard Lamar Rawlins

Mr. Richard Lamar Rawlins, age 79, of Molena, passed away April 17, 2021, at Providence Healthcare in Thomaston. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.19.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Richard “Dick” Alan Curtis

Mr. Richard “Dick” Alan Curtis, age 77, of Concord, GA, passed away on April 14, 2021, at his home. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.19.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Timothy Bruce Boyd

Mr. Timothy Bruce Boyd, age 57, of Griffin, passed away April 14, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.19.21
 
BREAKING NEWS: Charges Upgraded in Death of Juvenile During Burglary

ZEBULON - Pike County Sheriff’s Office investigators have continued to gather information and evidence in regards to the death of a juvenile earlier this month at 14777 Highway 19. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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 4.15.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Douglas Ray Smith

Mr. Douglas Ray Smith, also known as Tumble Weed and PawPaw, age 57, of Molena, passed away April 14, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.15.21
 
COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

ZEBULON - If people are still looking for vaccine appointments, the Department of Public Health has them available in all 12 counties this week or next week. Anyone still looking to get vaccinated can make an appointment online: https://gta-vras.powerappsportals.us/ or by calling 1-888-457-0186.

Submitted 4.15.21
 
Zebulon PD Makes Arrests

ZEBULON - Zebulon Police Department has made the following arrests:
1. Adarian Cherry, 28 year old black male from Thomaston, for tail light and suspended license.
2. Abbie Coram, 17 year old white female from Pike, for failure to maintain lane and DUI.
3. Angela Seagroves, 37 year old white female from Thomaston, for Possession of Meth and Possession of Marijuana.
4. Clothilda Prather, black male from Meriwether County, for suspended license and failure to maintain lane.
5. Jacob Alathawy, 22 year old white male from Upson, for DUI, failure to maintain lane, and hands free.
6. Stamey Nathan, 20 year old from Pike, for Violation of Parole Warrant.

Submitted 4.13.21
 
Road Closing: Flowers Road

MOLENA - Flowers Road, a 1/4 mile from Smyrna Church Road, will be closed for two days to allow for installation of a new 48”cross drain. Work should be completed by late Wednesday afternoon.

Submitted 4.13.21
 
J. Joel Edwards Library Hosts 1st Annual Read Across America Challenge

ZEBULON - Throughout the month of March, the J. Joel Edwards Public Library hosted its first annual Read Across America Challenge. To celebrate Read Across America month, children throughout Pike County were invited to pick up a reading log at the library and keep track of their reading time throughout the entire month with a goal of 15 hours. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.13.21
 
New Pike Library Hours

ZEBULON - The J. Joel Edwards Public Library has extended its hours of operation. Hours are now: Monday, Wednesday & Friday- 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Tuesday & Thursday- 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday- 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information, call (770) 567-2014.

Submitted 4.13.21
 
BREAKING NEWS UPDATED 4.13: GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Carroll County

CARROLTON – On Monday, April 12, 2021, at approximately 5:00 A.M., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Carrollton Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol to investigate an officer involved shooting. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.12.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Linda Jane Maxwell Harp

Linda Jane Maxwell Harp, age 70, of Zebulon, passed away April 9, 2021, at Piedmont-Fayette Hospital. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.10.21
 
H&R Block Can File Simple Return to Help Receive Stimulus Funds

ZEBULON - H&R Block in Zebulon does these returns for those not required to file so they can receive the stimulus money. Mark Smith advised that if they don't have a bank account we will issue them a debit card and the money will be put on it. "We only charge $85.00 for this service," he said. That's a small price to pay for receiving stimulus funds. H&R Block is located at 9219 Hwy 19 in Zebulon. You can make your appointment by calling (770) 567-3840.

4.10.21
 
Red Clay Ministries to Host Annual Craft and Car Show

CONCORD - Red Clay Ministries will host its Annual Craft and Car Show on Apr 17, 2021 in downtown Concord. Credit Cards, Debit Cards, or Paypal may be used when registering your vehicle online. Food. Fun. Prizes. Click here for more information.

4.10.21
 
SPECIAL CALLED BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 8:30 AM
Pike County Chamber of Commerce, 416 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, Georgia - Department Head Retreat

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 8:30 AM at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, 416 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, Georgia. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: Pike County Times is not planning to attend this all day event at this time though things are subject to change.]

Submitted 4.10.21
 
Two Arrested for Forgery After Fake Money Was Used at a Pike DG

ZEBULON - On Saturday, April 3, Pike County deputies responded to a local Dollar General store in reference to a female, Shannon Howell, 42 years of age, trying to use counterfeit money at the store. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.8.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Charles George West

Mr. Charles George West, age 81, of Molena, passed away April 8, 2021, at Spalding Regional Hospital. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 4.8.21
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews Godzilla vs Kong

Jackie K. Cooper's Entertainment Rundown for this week can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 4.8.21
 
Help Wanted: City of Concord Searching for City Clerk

CONCORD - The City of Concord is searching for a new City Clerk. Below is a list of responsiblities and qualifications needed to perform this job as well as an email address to send your resume and employment history. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.6.21
 
2nd Graders Learn About Plants With Help of Extension Office Intern

ZEBULON - Pike County High School Senior, Liz Ward, hosted a plant science work shop for second grade students at Pike County Primary on March 30th and 31st. Liz is currently interning at the Pike County Extension Office through the high school’s Work-Based Learning program that allows students to gain work experience outside of the classroom. Click here for more.

Submitted 4.1.21
 
BREAKING NEWS: Pike County Annual Budget Hearings Scheduled

ZEBULON - The budget process has been rolling since February of this year. Notification was given to Department Heads, Constitutional Officers, and Component Units that their budget requests were due by March 1. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

4.1.21
 
Gov. Kemp Signs New COVID-19 Executive Orders

ATLANTA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today signed three Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 in Georgia. The first, Executive Order 03.31.21.01, extends the Public Health State of Emergency through April 30, 2021. The second, Executive Order 03.31.21.02, extends the current COVID-19 guidance in Georgia until April 7 with an added provision allowing state agency employees to get a COVID vaccine without using sick leave or annual leave. The third order, Executive Order 03.31.21.03, will become effective on April 8 and will roll back many of the current COVID-19 restrictions in place. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.31.21
 
City of Molena Regular Monthly Council Meeting Agenda
Monday, April 12, 2021 – 6:00 p.m. City Hall, Molena, Georgia

MOLENA - The Molena City Council will meet on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 6 p.m. in City Hall to discuss the following items on their agenda: Public Comments: In person comments, Called in comments including Is there somewhere in Molena mobile home residents or residents in dwellings without basements can go to shelter in case of a storm similar to the one that went through Newnan recently? and How soon can we expect internet in Molena and how much will it cost?, Public Safety report from the Chief of Police including # of Calls & Citations, Status of Vehicles & Mileage, and Financial Report, Reports from Council and Comments including Buildings, Streets and Grounds from Allison Turner, Public Safety from Damon Riggins, Ways & Means from Glenn Beckham, and Water from Jennifer Riggins, The Mayor's Report, The financial report, Old/Unfinished Business including Schedule Budget /Internet Workshop and Approve contract for submission to Woodbury, New Business including Repairing culverts and fix ditching issues with Pike County providing the equipment and labor to do the job, Certificate of Deposit matured, and Advertise for bids for Impala, an Executive Session if necessary, and then a Roundtable Discussion with Councilmember Jennifer Riggins, Councilmember Damon Riggins, Councilmember Glenn Beckham, Councilmember Allison Turner, City Attorney Scott Mayfield, and Mayor Joyce Corley. The next regular meeting will be May 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend this meeting.

Submitted 3.31.21
 
Jury Duty Calls

ZEBULON - We had wonderful news this month! The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is now allowing jury trials to move forward. This is a very good thing, as we have a backlog of cases that must be tried, and we now stand ready to try them! Click here for more.

Submitted 3.29.21
 
Overnight Vehicle Accident Sends 3 to Hospital

ZEBULON - A single vehicle accident was reported at 2:26 a.m. that sent three to the hospital for treatment. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.29.21
 
City of Zebulon Police Department Makes Arrests

ZEBULON - The City of Zebulon made the following arrests:
1. Howard Gorsuch, 56 year old white male from Molena, for driving on suspended license.
2. Basavarad Hooli, 73 year old white male from Florida, for speeding and driving with out a license.
3. Dustin Kennedy, 37 year old white male from Thomaston for tag light, suspended license, and warrants out of Upson County.
4. Wellmaker, Braddeus 35 year old black male from Thomaston, for DUI and no taillights.
5. Nigel Henderson, 35 year old black male from Atlanta, for DUI drugs, expired tag, tag light, and possession of marijuana less than 1 oz.
6. Jonathan Parrish, 28 year old black male, from Griffin for tag light and forgery 2nd degree.

Submitted 3.29.21
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews Nobody

Jackie K. Cooper's Entertainment Rundown for this week can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 3.29.21
 
Pike County Community Connection To Meet

ZEBULON - CONNECT UP PIKE! The Pike County Community Connection will meet on Thursday, April 1, 2021. IMPORTANT CHANGE! YOU HAVE A CHOICE! IN PERSON OR VIRTUAL! WHEN: Thursday, APRIL 1, 2021. WHAT TIME: 9 AM - 10:00 AM. WHERE: In Person at CHRIST CHAPEL COMMUNITY CHURCH located at 68 Old Zebulon Rd, Zebulon, GA 30295 OR Virtual via ZOOM! (Link Available Wednesday Afternoon, March 31, 2021). We Encourage Attendees to Follow Recommended CDC/DPH Community Guidelines As We Serve Our Communities including the following: * Remain home if you are ill/not feeling well * Mask * Social/Physical Distancing * Wash Hands. Find out more at Click here for more.

Submitted 3.29.21
 
Tree Blocks Hwy 109 East

MEANSVILLE - The wind blew down a big pine tree across Hwy 109 East on March 25, 2021. Traffic was stopped for a time with buses and cars on either side of the blockage until it could be moved. Click here for more.

3.29.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Don Hayden Thomas

Mr. Don Hayden Thomas, age 72, of Zebulon, passed away March 17, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.29.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Ellen Means Spinks

Mrs. Ellen Means Spinks, age 94, of Zebulon, passed away March 28, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.29.21
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – 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 Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – 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.

Submitted 3.27.21
 
Motorcyclist Transported After Wreck in Zebulon on Thursday

ZEBULON - A wreck occurred on GA 3/Hwy 19 close to Williamson-Zebulon Road on Thursday around 2 p.m. The report is not finished at this time, but this is the information that has been provided to Pike County Times by the Georgia State Patrol. A Georgia Power truck was parked on the shoulder of GA 3 North and began to make a U-turn to travel south. A motorcycle was traveling north. The Georgia Power truck failed to yield to the motorcycle, and the motorcycle struck the driver’s side of the Georgia Power truck. The motorcycle driver was transported to Macon Medical Center.

3.27.21
 
Pike County Offices to Close for Good Friday

ZEBULON - Please be advised that Pike County offices will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021 in observance of Good Friday. Offices will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Submitted 3.26.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Robert Danny Green

Mr. Robert Danny Green, age 80, of Meansville, passed away March 24, 2021, at Emory University Hospital following complications from Covid. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.25.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Harry Stephen “Steve” Bennett

Mr. Harry Stephen “Steve” Bennett, age 72, of Pike County, passed away March 22, 2021, at his home. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.23.21
 
Road Closure on Old Zebulon Road

ZEBULON - Old Zebulon Road will be closed from just east of Howell Road continuing east to Highway 19. We have two 8 1/2 foot culverts that have severe deterioration and are causing the roadway to begin to undermine making it unsafe for traffic. Road closure signage to be up by mid afternoon tomorrow, Thursday March 24, 2021.

Submitted 3.23.21
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 9:00 a.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 Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 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. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

3.22.21
 
Fire Destroys Home on Oxford Circle

CONCORD - Pike County Fire Department personnel responded to reported structure fire at 166 Oxford Circle in Concord at 7:33 am. The fire was spotted by a Pike County school bus driver. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.22.21
 
Prayer Power Seeks Nominees for 2021 Year

ZEBULON - We are accepting nominations for the "Saints in Light Award" and "Prayer Power Faith Award / Scholarship" for the 2021 year. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.22.21
 
Thomaston Intersection Project to Receive Federal Coronavirus Relief Funding

THOMASTON - On Monday, Mar. 15, 2021, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) would receive $277 million in federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA) funds to fill in projected revenue gaps caused by the effects of COVID-19. Governor Kemp's plans for the funds include allocations toward six rural infrastructure projects including one located in Upson County, a project to upgrade four intersections in downtown Thomaston along Georgia 74/Georgia 36, including the reconfiguration of an existing five-legged intersection at Main Street/Bethel Street/Barnesville Highway. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.20.21
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews The Courier

Jackie K. Cooper's Entertainment Rundown for this week can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 3.20.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Debra Gunter Powell

Mrs. Debra Gunter Powell, age 57, of Griffin, passed away March 19, 2021, at Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.20.21
 
Hope 4 Tomorrow Optimist Club of Pike County to Host 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament

ZEBULON - Hope 4 Tomorrow Optimist Club of Pike County is getting ready to do our first annual Cornhole Tournament on March 20 at Zebulon City Park from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.19.21
 
Eleven Plead Guilty to Running Multi-year Mortgage Fraud Scheme

ATLANTA – Eleven defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States in a mortgage fraud scheme spanning more than four years and resulting in the approval of more than 100 mortgages based on fabricated documents and false information. Many of the loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) resulting in claims being paid for mortgages that have defaulted. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.19.21
 
Pike Countryside Sanitation Part of Merger

ZEBULON - Pike Countryside Sanitation, Inc. has sold the business and merged in with Dependable Waste and LaGrange Sanitation under the name Amwaste of Georgia. Pike Countryside Sanitation customers were advised of the merger this week. “We are excited about this new adventure,” said Wayne and Jody Harper in the emailed notice to their customers. “All of our office staff at Pike Countryside along with our drivers are still here working with Amwaste of Georgia to continue handling all your sanitation needs.”

They advised that Amwaste is committed to providing excellent customer service and asked for customers’ patience as adjustments are made with new software and merging into the company. “Thank you so much for all your years of loyalty to Pike Countryside. Wayne and I are still here to help take care of all your sanitation needs,” Jody said. “We greatly appreciate all your support during our 35 years of business. God Bless!!”

Submitted 3.17.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Jay Scott Rogers

Mr. Jay Scott Rogers, age 64, of Meansville, passed away March 15, 2021, at his home. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.17.21
 
City of Zebulon Police Department Makes Arrests

ZEBULON - The City of Zebulon Police Department has made the following arrests:
1. Jamayain Mays, 19 year old black male from Zebulon, for DUI, DUI under 21, failure to maintain lane, and possession of marijuana less than 1 oz.
2. James Hobbs, 74 year old black male from Thomaston, for Speeding, DUI, DUI less safe, open container, and suspended license.
3. Jeremy Scarbrough, 26 year old white male from Griffin, for suspended license and brake light.
4. Tiawana Lovett, 47 year old black female from Thomaston, for DUI, suspended registration, open container, and brake light.
5. Jasmine Miley, 29 year old white female from Griffin, for possession schedule IV drugs, drugs not in original container, and open container.
6. Christopher Parks, 34 year old white male from Forsyth, for warrants out of Upson County.
7. Edward Felipa, 35 year old black male from Maryland, for DUI refusal, DUI less safe, and failure to maintain lane.
8. Gordon Hobbs, 21 year old white male from Williamson, for failure to maintain lane, open container, DUI less safe, and DUI.

Submitted 3.15.21
 
Gov. Kemp Announces $277 Million in Federal Coronavirus Relief Funding to GDOT for Rural Projects

ATLANTA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced the availability of $277 million in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA) funds to the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) to fill in projected revenue gaps caused by the impacts of COVID-19. The CRRSAA was passed by Congress in December 2020. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.15.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Joseph “JoJo” Lee Murphy

Joseph “JoJo” Lee Murphy, age 38, of Zebulon, passed away March 13, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.15.21
 
Don't Rely On The Luck Of The Irish To Get Away with DUI On St. Patrick's Day

ATLANTA - The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is warning Georgia motorists they'll need more than a four-leaf clover to get out of trouble if they're caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs this St. Patrick's Day. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.15.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. David C. Jackson

Mr. David C. Jackson, age 72, of Meansville, passed away March 15, 2021, at Upson Regional Medical Center. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.15.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Hazel Caulder

Mrs. Hazel Caulder, age 78, of Griffin, passed away March 15, 2021, at Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.15.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Joseph Michael Ward

Mr. Joseph Michael Ward, age 67, of Milner, passed away March 15, 2021, at his residence. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.15.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Gwen Balliew Robinson

Gwen Balliew Robinson, age 56, of Molena, passed away March 12, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.2.21
 
Pike County Man Charged in Spalding Road Rage Incident
Courtesy of Sheila Mathews of The GRIP

GRIFFIN - A Pike County man has been arrested in connection with a road rage incident that occurred Saturday in Spalding County and ended with a driver allegedly being threatened at knifepoint. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.12.21
 
Kroger Surveillance Video Disproves Attempted Kidnapping Allegation
Courtesy of Sheila Mathews of The GRIP

GRIFFIN - Surveillance footage recorded by Kroger indicates a man accused of attempting to abduct a young child instead rushed to her assistance. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.12.21
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews Coming 2 America

Jackie K. Cooper's Entertainment Rundown for this week can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 3.12.21
 
Governor Kemp Signs New COVID-19 Executive Order

ATLANTA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today signed Executive Order 03.12.21.01, outlining revised and continued guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia. The changes to the Executive Order are detailed below:
▪ Combines the restaurant and bar requirements to hold both types of establishments to the same standards; and
▪ Streamlines suggestions and requirements for Critical Infrastructure and Non-Critical Infrastructure organizations to remove unnecessary requirements based on existing standard operating procedures for organizations and the ineffectiveness of certain measures; and
▪ Includes 2021 high school graduates, home study graduates, and GED recipients in previously ordered HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship testing requirement modifications.
The provisions in this Order will be effective from March 16, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. until March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., unless otherwise noted therein. The Governor's Executive Orders are available for viewing here.

Submitted 3.12.21
 
BREAKING NEWS: Pike County Grand Jury March Term Is Held

ZEBULON - These are the results of the Pike County Grand Jury, March Term, conducted on March 10, 2021. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

Submitted 3.11.21
 
FBI Offers Reward for Identity of Armed Robbery Suspects

WOODLAND – The FBI, in conjunction with the Talbot County Sheriff Office and the GBI, is offering up to a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of two suspects who robbed the same convenience store twice at gunpoint. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.12.21
 
Pike County Republican Party to Hold Caucus and County Convention

On Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., the Pike County Republican Party will convene Precinct Caucuses to elect Delegates and Alternates Delegates to the Pike County Republican Party Convention. The Pike County Republican Party Convention will convene at 10:00 a.m. on April 17, 2021, for the purpose of electing county party officers, Delegates, and Alternates to the Congressional District Convention, and the State Convention. Additionally, the Convention will conduct all other business as necessary. Both the Precinct Caucuses and County Convention will be held at McLeRoy Inc. at Pike Plaza located at 200 Plaza Drive, Zebulon, Georgia, 30295. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. All Pike County residents who are legally registered to vote and who believe in the principles of the Republican Party are urged to participate in the process. Delegates and Alternates will be required to pay a fee of $10, which is to cover the cost of the County Convention. For further information contact Holly Burke Ortiz, Chairman of the Pike County Republican Party, at 678-340-9485 or burkeortiz@bellsouth.net.

The 3rd Congressional District Convention will convene on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. The District Convention will be electing officers for the District and State Committee members for the next biennial. The Georgia Republican Party State Convention will convene at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, June 4, 2021, in a location to be determined and will elect state party officers for the next biennial, in addition to conducting all other business as necessary. Delegates and Alternates will be required to pay a fee, which is to cover the cost of the Convention.

Submitted 3.11.21
 
Pike County Republican Party to Host "Constitution of Solutions" Class

ZEBULON - The Pike County Republican Party will host a "Constitution of Solutions" Class in which participants will learn about our Republic and its founding document. The class will be taught by Fran Boggs on Thursday, April 29, Friday 30, and Saturday, May 1, 2021 at McLeRoy Inc Park Plaza, 200 Park Plaza Drive, Zebulon, GA 30295 with times as follows: Thursday April 29 at 6:00pm - 7:30 pm, Friday April 30 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, and Saturday May 1 at 10 am - 3:30 pm. On Saturday, please bring a lunch. Drinks will be provided. Class size is limited to the first 35 people. All ages are accepted.

A 2nd class is being planned for May 20, 21, 22, 2021. Same times as listed above. Class size is limited to the first 35 people. For further information contact Holly Burke Ortiz, Chairman of the Pike County Republican Party, at 678-340-9485 or burkeortiz@bellsouth.net.

Submitted 3.11.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mrs. Mary Laney Meadows

Mrs. Mary Laney Meadows, age 92, of Zebulon, wife of the late George Richard Meadows who retired as a Lieutenant with the City of Atlanta Police Department, and the daughter of the late George Vasco Laney and Alline Studdard Laney, passed away March 10, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.11.21
 
Condolences to the Family of Mr. Weldon Wells, Jr.

Mr. Weldon Wells, Jr., age 82, of Zebulon, passed away March 07, 2021. For more information about visitation and the service or sign the guestbook go to Moody-Daniel Funeral Home.

Submitted 3.11.21
 
Broder Gives Thanks in District Attorney Race

ZEBULON - Hello Everyone! At long last, I am back to sharing my office’s work with you after a few weeks off. As many of you already know, I was recently elected as your District Attorney in a special election on February 9th. First and foremost, thank you for choosing me to serve as your District Attorney! Click here for more.

Submitted 3.9.21
 
Griffin Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Edwards Has Retired

GRIFFIN – Griffin Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher Charles Edwards met with Governor Brian Kemp today and officially resigned from the bench after 22 years. Edwards will resume a private jury trial practice. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.8.21
 
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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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

LA GRANGE - Beginning March 8, 2021. The following groups will also be eligible for COVID vaccine: Educators and staff (Pre-K, K-12, DECAL licensed or exempt childcare programs), Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers, and Parents of children with complex medical conditions. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.6.21
 
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!

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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Senate Education Committee Advances Legislation to Protect Girls’ Sports

ATLANTA - On March 3, the Senate Committee on Education and Youth on Wednesday passed the Save Girls’ Sports Act, sponsored by Senator Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone). This legislation would prohibit biological males in public or private schools from participating in athletic programs designed for females when competing against a public school. Harbin said, "Over 1,400 male athletes have run a mile in under four minutes. To date, no woman has yet accomplished this. Forcing girls to play against biological males limits the ability of young women in the state of Georgia to win competitions, receive scholarships, and achieve the highest levels of success in their sport. Senate Bill 266 protects the level playing field.”

Submitted 3.6.21
 
BREAKING NEWS UPDATED: Top Three Southern Rivers Fiber Network Questions Answered

BARNESVILLE — Pike County Times followed up with Erin Cook, Director of Marketing/Member Services at Southern Rivers Energy (SRE), to find out some of the specifics about what is coming down the pipeline for SRE members. Click here for more.

3.6.21
 
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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Arrest made in Family Medical Center hacking case
involving 43,000 patient records
By Sheila Mathews, Editor of The GRIP

GRIFFIN - An Idaho man has been arrested and charged with hacking into the computers of Family Medical Center in Griffin, computers in the city of Newnan and others. Click here for more.

Submitted 3.5.21
 
Jackie K. Cooper Reviews Raya and the Last Dragon

Jackie K. Cooper's Entertainment Rundown for this week can be found by clicking here. Jackie also has many movie reviews on his website at www.jackiekcooper.com along with reviews of the latest books, DVDs, television shows and columns on life and living in the South.

Submitted 3.5.21
 
Zebulon Police Department Makes Arrests...

ZEBULON - Zebulon Police Department reports that the following arrests have been made:
1. Andrew Carmichael, 29 year old white male from Thomaston, for Possession of Meth, Possession of Marijuana less than 1 oz, and suspended tag.
2. Philip Prato, 39 year old white male from Molena, for Speeding and DUI.
. Brian Potts, 52 year old black male from Meansville, for Violation of Probation.
4. Castrevon Capote, 38 year old Hispanic male from Marietta, for no license.

Submitted 3.3.21
 
State Department of Education Issues Guidance on Milestones Testing
By Editor Becky Watts

ATLANTA - The United States Department of Education issued an update on assessment, accountability, and reporting guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year on February 22, 2021. The notice went out to schools all over the country and included direction on waivers and testing. Click here for more.

2.25.21
 
Wellstar Visitation Policies Change Based on Cases of COVID-19 In Community
By Editor Becky Watts

GRIFFIN - Pike County Times has been contacted by readers with both complaints and praise for local hospitals during this time of COVID-19. Pike County Times reached out to both Upson Regional Medical Center (URMC) and Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital to inquire about their visitation policies. This is a phone interview with a spokesperson for Wellstar Health System. Click here for more.

2.22.21
 
URMC Vistation Policies Change Based on Cases of COVID-19 In Community
By Editor Becky Watts

THOMASTON - Pike County Times has been contacted by readers with both complaints and praise for local hospitals during this time of COVID-19. Pike County Times reached out to both Upson Regional Medical Center (URMC) and Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital to inquire about their visitation policies. This is the interview from Upson Regional Hospital that was conducted last week with Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Lane Harrington. Click here for more.

1.22.21
 
Back Up Ballots and Pollpads Involved in Election Night Incident

ZEBULON - In route to Board of Elections office, a Poll Manager was transporting the back up ballots and pollpads. The tailgate of the truck came unlatched and the box dropped out onto the highway. When it was realized that the box had fallen out of the truck, the Poll Manager went back to retrieve it, but a vehicle had hit the box. Its contents were scattered and destroyed. The Sheriff's Office was called to the scene, and the Secretary of State's Office was notified. The Board of Elections advised the election data was never compromised.

Submitted 2.10.21
 
BREAKING NEWS: Results of the District Attorney Race

ZEBULON - Click here to read the results from tonight's election. 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. Please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper!

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!

2.9.21
 
BREAKING NEWS: Southern Rivers Energy Announces Partnership with Conexon to Build Fiber Network

BARNESVILLE — Southern Rivers Energy announced a formal partnership with Conexon, a full-service broadband consulting firm, that will provide high-speed internet to every SRE member across its nine-county service territory. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

Submitted 2.8.21
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – 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, February 10, 2021 – 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 2.8.21
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 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.

Submitted 1.23.21
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 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, January 13, 2021 – 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. [This meeting is complete.]

1.23.21
 
BREAKING NEWS: Results from the January 5, 2021 Election

ZEBULON - These are the complete and unofficial results from the January 5, 2021 Election with all precincts reporting. 9,628 of 13,991 registered voters made their voices heard in this election for a 68.82% turnout. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

1.5.21
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 9 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, December 9, 2020 at 9 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 12.5.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. (Meeting date changed from November 24, 2020 to November 19, 2020)
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. (Meeting date changed from November 24, 2020 to November 19, 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. [Note from the Editor: The solar farm was approved with stipulations that included additional setbacks and a 5 year 3rd party review of decommission bond. I have not finished up on this meeting yet. It was 2 hours long.] Click here for more.

Updated 11.20.20
 
BREAKING NEWS UPDATED: Results of the November 3, 2020 Election
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - These are the results from election here in Pike County. This final report shows a total of 10,753 ballots cast. 2,662 were cast on election day, 6,616 were cast by those voting advanced in person, and 1,475 ballots were cast by absentee ballot. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

11.10.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - These are the minutes from the October 30, 2020 meeting concerning the 2020 Tax Levy for both the county and school system. Click here for more.

Submitted 11.7.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - These are the minutes from the November 5, 2020 meeting to approve the issuance of Alcohol License without having a designated agent to Saifullah Bhamani d/b/a The Rock Store. Click here for more.

Submitted 11.7.20
 
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Thursday, November 5, 2020 – 4:00 p.m.
CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION - Conference Room
331 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, GA
EXECUTIVE SESSION ONLY

ZEBULON - There will be an Executive Session of the Pike County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 4 p.m. There is only one item on the agenda which reads as follows: County Manager requests Executive Session for consultation with the county attorney, or other legal counsel, to discuss pending or potential litigation, settlement, claims, administrative proceedings, or other judicial actions brought or to be brought by or against the county or any officer or employee or in which the county or any officer or employee may be directly involved as provided in O.C.G.A. § 50-14-2(1); germane to Alcohol Licensing.

Submitted 11.4.20
 
BREAKING NEWS: Madden Solar Farm LLC Asks for Plan Modification
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Whenever Pike County Times begins to write on a topic, the first question that is normally addressed is, “Where did this begin?” For Pike County Times, the beginning of the Madden Solar Project was in early 2017 when there were public hearings and the approval of the first property. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

11.3.20
 
Industrial Development Authority of Pike County
Regular Called Meeting - October 7, 2020

ZEBULON - Pike County Times attended the Industrial Development Authority meeting by telephone on October 7, 2020 at 8 a.m. Those present included... Phone: Becky Watts, Dr. Duncan, Kevin Brown-Attorney (Bond Counsel), and Amanda Fields-Project Manager. In person: John Edwards, Sonny Gwyn, Ginny Blakeney, Briar Johnson, Chairman Bryan Oglesby, David Nix, John Barker, Dee McLeRoy, Executive Director Ginny Blakeney, County Manager Brandon Rogers, and Treasurer Stewart Esary. Click here for more.

10.27.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, October 27, 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 Tuesday, October 27, 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.

Submitted 10.26.20
 
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Friday, October 30, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - There will be a Board of Commissioners Special Called Meeting on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, located at 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia. *We encourage that attendees follow recommended Covid-19 guidelines which include staying home if you are ill/not feeling well, washing your hands, maintaining social distancing, and wearing a face covering (recommended but not required)*
1. CALL TO ORDER - Chairman Briar Johnson
2. INVOCATION - Silent Invocation
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE -. Chairman Briar Johnson
4. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - (O.C.G A. 50-14-1 (e) (1))
5. NEW BUSINESS
a. Consider Resolution to adopt Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Pike County Tax Levy.
b. Consider authorization for the Chairman to sign the Resolution to adopt the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Pike County Tax Levy.
6. ADJOURNMENT
Agenda subject to revision.

Submitted 10.26.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, October 14, 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, October 14, 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. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

10.17.20
 
Notes for the Board of Appeals Meeting 10/15/2020 6:00 pm
By Guest Columnist Cassandra Hettermann

ZEBULON - These are notes from the October 15, 2020 Board of Appeals meeting submitted by new Guest Columnist Cassandra Hettermann. Pike County Times cannot be everywhere so this is a way to help the community know what is going on prior to the Board of Commissioners meetings. Click here for more.

Submitted 10.16.20
 
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORKSHOP
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 5 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.

Submitted 10.5.20
 
BREAKING NEWS: Pike County Sheriff's Office Installs
License Plate Readers
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Times was contacted on Wednesday by concerned citizens when solar powered cameras began cropping up along roadways throughout the county. A few phone calls, emails, and an in-person interview with Major David Neal of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office solved the mystery of these cameras. 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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

10.2.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
ZOOM Meeting ID: 646 718 0067 - Password: 6nve0c

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 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. You may join the meeting electronically via ZOOM Meeting ID: 646 718 0067 Password: 6nve0c Click here for more.

Submitted 9.28.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 5 p.m.
Board of Commissioners Office Conference Room, 331 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Called Meeting on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Commissioners Office Conference Room, 331 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, Georgia. The public is invited to attend this meeting. You may join the meeting electronically via ZOOM. Meeting ID: 995 9302 7476. Password: 6nve0c
Commissioners will consider use of the courthouse grounds from Holly Ortiz of the Pike County Republican Party on Sunday, September 27 from 2-5 p.m. for Republican Trump Rally/Meet and Greet for Candidates. Agenda subject to revision. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

9.28.20
 
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 4:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 4:30 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.]

9.10.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, September 9, 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, September 9, 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. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

9.9.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Tuesday, August 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 Tuesday, August 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: Some of the items on this agenda include representatives from Ameripro EMS and Veterans Medical Transport, discussion of the ambulance contract, opening sealed bids for auditing services for the county, a public hearing for the proposed condo for 55 and up on Hwy 19, and more. This meeting is complete.]

9.3.20
 
Pike County Times Reauthorizes 2017 Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA) Request
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Times became acquainted with Clayton Kuhles from MIA Recoveries, Inc. because of his work to bring home the airmen from the "Hot as Hell" crash that brought WWII Bombardier 1st Lt. Robert "Eugene" Oxford home to Concord in 2017. Kuhles discovered the crash site in 2006 in a remote part of India and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) brought home remains from 1st Lt. Oxford. You can read more about his long journey home to Concord in 2017 by clicking here.

Pike County Times reported that the DPAA awarded a high bidder with a contract for Northeastern India Recovery Work in 2017. The solicitation was specifically to follow up on recovery of remains of WWII service members from sites in Northeast India where Kuhles had a lot of experience in recovery and a bid that was $428,000 less than the company who was awarded the contract. Kuhles placed a complaint with the Naval Inspector General, and Pike County Times placed a FOIA for information pertaining to this contract.

Pike County Times received an emailed letter from the Department of Defense FOIA Division advising that it regretted the delay in completing the request and asking if Pike County Times would still like to receive the information that has been requested along with its current caseload of 3,486 requests on August 28, 2020. (This request was one of 2,961 open requests on July 9, 2019.) The letter read as follows: "...we understand that due to the passage of time and changing needs of requesters, it is possible that you no longer have an interest in the documents you requested. Therefore, we ask that you review your enclosed request and confirm your continued interest in the requested information September 30, 2020." Pike County Times sent a letter authorizing the continuation of this FOIA by email today. When the information is finally received, Pike County Times will review and update the article. Click here to read the original articles. Part I is at the bottom of the page with Part II at the top as an update.

8.27.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING
Monday, August 24, 2020 – 5:00 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, August 24, 2020 – 5:00 p.m. at the Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street in Zebulon. The public is invited to attend this meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss an application for a private condo community for independent senior living restricted to age 55 and up.

This meeting was attended by all of the commissioners, County Clerk Angela Blount, County Manager Brandon Rogers, and County Attorney Rob Morton. There were about 10 people in the audience. It was a fact-finding meeting only, and no decisions were made in the meeting. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.] Click here for more information including minutes from the Board of Appeals meeting held on Thursday night.

8.25.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Social Distancing will be enforced.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 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. Items of note on the agenda include the opening of sealed bids for ambulance service in Pike County and awarding of the bid on the Concord Road Culvert. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

8.12.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Social Distancing will be enforced.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 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. Click here for more. [Note from the Editor: This meeting is complete.]

8.8.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Social Distancing will be enforced.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 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. The public is invited to attend this meeting. [Note from the Editor: The Grady Contract will be discussed in the Executive Session.] Click here for more.

Submitted 7.4.20
 
BREAKING NEWS: Pike County Times Investigates
Former County Manager Ron Alexander
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Times has walked through the hiring of many county managers over the years. Some employments have gone smoothly, and some have not. Pike County has a reputation as a bit of a revolving door of late with the exception of John Hanson staying for six years with Bobby Bickley staying six months before resigning and Ron Alexander resigning after only five months on the job. There was no exposé after Bobby Bickley left; it just wasn’t a good fit for him as county manager. But there were rumors of problems while Ron Alexander was here as county manager. Click here for more. This is the first of a completed three part series.

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. Services include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, and IRA’s. Mobile Banking and Bill Payment services are also available! please let First Bank of Pike know that you appreciate their sponsorship of Breaking News Alerts on Pike County's only FREE online newspaper! 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!

6.29.20
 
REGULAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – 6:30 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
Social Distancing will be enforced.

ZEBULON - The Pike County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 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.

Submitted 6.27.20
 
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Friday, June 12, 2020 – 4:00 p.m.
Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia
EXECUTIVE SESSION ONLY

Commissioners Tim Guy, Tim Daniel, Jason Proctor, and Chairman Briar Johnson were present at the meeting along with County Clerk Angela Blount and County Attorney Rob Morton. Commissioner James Jenkins was not present at the meeting. An Interim County Manager was named in this meeting. Click here to read more.

6.12.20
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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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
 
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
 
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
 
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 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 four part 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 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!

Call Steve J. Reeves Land Surveying 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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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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Thank You to Wishing On A Star Travel

GRIFFIN - Tina Winder is a Vacation Specialist with Wishing On A Star Travel, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and has helped make many dreams come true over the past three years. Tina lives in Griffin, Georgia, is married to a wonderful husband who loves Walt Disney World as much as she does, and they have 4 adult daughters and 8 grandchildren. “Creating those ‘Once in a Lifetime’ moments with my family is something I deeply love.”

Planning a Disney vacation can be stressful and overwhelming so Tina’s goal is help take that stress away so that you can enjoy your vacation without having to worry about all the details! Click here for more. Thank you to Wishing On A Start Travel for supporting hometown news.

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Click here to go to First Bank of Pike
 
Click here for Food Depot website
 
SJ Reeves Land Surveying
 
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Prayer Power of Georgia website
 
Avianos
 
 
 
Mid Georgia
Chiropractic Center
MARK B. FINK, D.C.
Fink Chiropractic
818A COLLEGE DRIVE
BARNESVILLE
770-358-2003
 
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Pike Pest Management

No Weeds

No Bugs

No Problems
(Mention this ad and get 10% off of initial service)

770-567-FLEA (3532)
 
"Our Family
Serving Your Family"
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Moody-Daniel Funeral Home
770-567-8642
 
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Complete Firearms Training & Gunworks
678-463-8155
 
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For County-wide Emergency Notification System in Pike County
 
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
Hint #5: Sacrifice
Hint #6: It's the end of the world as we know it
Hint #7: Fighting and tears

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
Click Here for the map.
Click Here for the list
of places.
 
Pike 2000

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