Pike County Times
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These editorials reflect the opinions of their authors and don't necessarily reflect my personal opinions. Feel free to express your opinion with a letter to the editor to: editor@pikecountytimes.com.

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Thought for the Week

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.

-John Quincy Adams
The Truth


Dear Editor,

Being married for over 40 years, I know Marty Harbin better than anyone, and he is steadfast, faithful, and trustworthy. My husband has walked with integrity in our home, in our business, in our church, and in our community.

We are committed to running a positive campaign, but I cannot allow the false allegations coming from Atlanta special interests to go unchallenged. I am deeply grieved by what is happening. Our opponent has also stated that my husband is an ineffective and self-serving senator. That is totally untrue.

Marty has worked diligently since elected to serve the people of the 16th District, as well as the people of Georgia. His investment of time, energy, and resources goes beyond the legislative session. He works tirelessly throughout the year, always seeking the best interests and highest good of those he serves.

Being in business for 41 years, he has always asked himself, “If our positions in life were reversed, what would I want them to do?” That same thinking guides his decisions as our State Senator. His experience allows him to serve effectively on the Insurance Committee, working to introduce consumer protection bills, not self- serving bills as implied by his opponent.

Also the tag bill, which has been twisted and used against him was not in any way self-serving. He had nothing to personally gain from this, other than the satisfaction of knowing that others would not have their vehicle towed away if stopped for an expired tag. He paid to get his truck back, and he appeared in court and paid his fine. He never tried to get out of anything; he did not believe himself above the law. His call to the mayor was a result of being upset about his property being seized without due process which in his mind was unconstitutional. He never texted the mayor; that was totally fabricated. Even the date was not correct.

It is easy to be critical when you are observing from the sidelines.

Being in the game, taking the hits, is different. Marty is fighting for our Constitutional rights and has been long before he ran for office. He believes there is a reason that our Founding Fathers put The First Amendment first and The Second Amendment second. They are of utmost importance, and they are both under attack. We want to do everything that we can, while we can, to preserve these liberties for our children and grandchildren and your children and grandchildren.

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed it on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Our government of, by, and for the people is an incredible gift, and we do not take it for granted. Many have fought and died and continue to fight and die for the freedoms we enjoy. That is why we stay in the battle; that is why we fight. I say “we” because whatever affects my husband also affects me. We are in this together.

I humbly ask for your support in this primary election. Please vote for Faith, Family, and Freedom. Vote Marty Harbin for State Senate District 16.

Debbie Harbin
Tyrone, Georgia

Thank You to the Pike County Community


To Pike County and surrounding areas:

The Pike County American Legion Post 197 thanks all those who sponsored, supported, volunteered, and participated in the 5 May 2018 Meansville 5K/10K Run/Walk Benefit for Veterans. The City of Meansville was a gracious host and we had beautiful weather. The Pike County Times and Pike County Journal Reporter were avid promoters of our event. Village Photography produced an awesome T-shirt with a caricature of the old Meansville train depot / current city hall.

Post 197 thanks the Meansville Volunteer Fire Department, Mangham Tractor Services, Moody-Daniel Funeral Home, The Narrow Path Ministries International, Pine Valley Concrete Company Inc, Stewart’s Tree Service, V. Sharon Jones MD, Ranger Propane, Smoots, TenCate Protective Frabrics, Village Photography, A Novel Experience, City of Meansville, Concord Manor & Winery, Mountain View Convenient Store, M & B Porta Potty, Pike County Journal Reporter, Pike County Times, Pike Firefighters Museum Inc, Southside Steel Inc, TnT Christmas Tree Farm, and Zebulon DQ Grill & Chill for sponsoring our event. Deceased Veterans honored were Glenn R. Abbott, Lawrence E. Brock, Drexel Daniel, James D. Huckaby, Ray Johnson, Charles L. Moody, Jr., Jim Runyon, Enoch T. Weeks, and Rex J. Yerkes.

The Pike County American Legion Post 197 conducts Programs that help honor Veterans; assist Veterans and their families; and educate the community on Veterans affairs and patriotism. Sponsorship and event participation allows Post 197 to continue these programs.

The next 5K/10K Run/Walk will be conducted in the great city of Concord tentatively set for a Saturday in August 2018, pending the City’s approval. We are working to make this another enjoyable event. More information will be provided in the future.

Again, thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, and participants for your continued support to these community events.

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

Thoughts on the "Walkout" at Pike County High School


To whom it may concern,

The peaceful "walkout" was a positive experience this morning at Pike County High School. There were no protest signs or talk of any political agenda. The students who participated were solemn, respectful and reverent. No chaos or disorder at all as staff pointed them to the courtyard.

Dr. Duncan planned with PCHS administrators well before today in the event students did wish to participate in the social media driven "walkout". The students were in the courtyard which is an outdoor area in the center of the high school building. The students were supervised the entire 17 minutes of the event. Principal Huffsetler told the students that he understood their desire to memorize the students in Florida and treated the students with respect in a way that was exceptional to witness. Mr. Charles Davis shared his experience in standing up as a student in 1969 and the importance for the 50 or so students to be leaders in doing the right thing- it is better to prevent a tragedy than be forced to recover from one. He told them to speak up if something is wrong because this is their community. In observing this, I was moved at the sniffles and the wiping of tears during the moments of silence until 10:17. Many kids have been profoundly impacted by the school shootings and unnecessary loss of life. These events are sources of anxiety and fear for many of our students. At exactly 10:17 am, the students dispersed quietly and returned to class.

I appreciate Dr. Duncan, Mr. Huffsetler and all of the staff for being supportive of the students' desire to peacefully observe the moment of silence and the opportunity being turned into a very constructive event.

Beth Camp
Pike County Board of Education

Let's Pick Up Pike Together!



Most of you know that two or three years ago we started the Facebook group and local organization Pick Up Pike. The basic idea is that rather than waiting for Someone Else to pick up the trash from our roadways, we and our friends and families are going to have to get out there and at least pick up in our neighborhoods. If a couple of thousands would do that, it will make a great difference. Roads get trashed up gradually. Over time they look worse and worse.

Winter is the trash pick up season. With the leaves off the briars and trees, and with grabbers in hand, we can get a lot done. If you and your families do stuff out there, please post praise and pictures on the FB page and in the newspapers. Try to make sure children and young people living near you get involved. Please forward this to everyone you know who you think shares our feelings about Pike County--all of Georgia, for that matter!

Also, we have a small fund that is at First Bank of Pike; Jason Brisendine is in charge of it. If you would like to make a small contribution there, please do so. My friend Attorney Bruce Millar ( who doesn't even live in Pike) kicked in $100 when we started off!

Walker Chandler
Pike County

Click here to find out more about Pick Up Pike on Facebook.