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Thought for the Week

"If every person in this room made it a rule that whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary—the world really would be a better place. And if you do this... someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God."

- R. J. Palacio
Need Help! Looking for WWI Hero Descendants


To the Pike County Community and Surrounding Areas,

I am looking for a relative/family contact for each of the WWI killed in action names listed on the Pike County Veterans Memorial located on the Courthouse Square in Zebulon Georgia.

The names are Arthur Roland Ballard, Herman K. Davis, Leon Rupert Davis, Roswell D. Hooton, John G. McLendon, Henry Alvin O’Neal, Solon S. Self, Vernon Ellis Slade, and brothers Lawrence Grady Sullivan and Pierre M. Sullivan.

These ten Pike County heroes who died while on military orders to France or while fighting in France will be honored during this year’s Pike County Veterans Day Observance Program (11 November, 2:00 p.m. at the Courthouse Square) and inducted into this year’s Pike County Memorial Annex Induction Ceremony as part of the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. The Induction Ceremony will take place on 1 December 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pike County School Auditorium.

The Pike County Board of Education dedicated a portion of its school facilities to be used as the Pike County Memorial Annex Building to be further used as a general memorial for all those in Pike County who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving the community. The program nomination candidates can include first responders such as paramedics, Sheriff’s Office and City Police Departments, County Fire Department and City Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as military service members. On 28 September 2013, The Pike County American Legion Post 197 hosted the Pike County Memorial Annex Dedication and the first Induction Ceremony. Since then, there have been 12 Pike County heroes inducted into the Memorial Annex representing WWII, Vietnam, and Iraq. There will be ten WWI service members inducted this year who died in the line of duty.

For those of you who have not visited the Pike County Memorial Annex, it is the school building next to Ruth’s Restaurant. The A nnex is open during school operational hours.

Please help me if you are related to or have any information on the list of names provided above. I can be contacted at the phone numbers or email provided below.

Thank you,
Bryan Richardson
Pike County Memorial Annex
Cell: 678-764-2611
Email: rich5060@bellsouth.net

Thank You for Supporting the National Flag Day Observance and Flag Retirement Ceremony


To Our Community:

For those who showed up to the 14 June 2018 National Flag Day Observance and Flag Retirement Ceremony, THANK YOU! I also thank those of you who gave up your faded, worn, and tattered flags to be properly retired. For those not present and who provided their flags, I can assure you that your flag was respectfully retired and individually honored. Approximately 100 flags were retired. If you missed out on dropping off your flag or flags, in the future, you can drop it at the Post 197 Flag Drop Box (repainted mailbox) in front of the American Legion Post facility on Meansville Street in Zebulon or the Boy Scout Troop 37 will accept your flag to be retired.

I especially want to thank Boy Scouts of America Troop 37 for co-hosting this event along with the Pike County Legion Family 197. We also enjoyed the participation of Cub Scout Pack 103. Again, thank you to all who attended and to those who allowed us to respectfully and honorably retire your flag.


Bryan D. Richardson
Pike County American Legion Post 197

Join the Fight against Alzheimer’s disease


Dear Editor,

Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 65 seconds. The month of June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Today, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and by 2050, it is projected that up to 14 million Americans will have the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and one in three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that kills nerve cells and tissue in the brain, and this disease affects an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan. As the disease advances, the brain shrinks dramatically due to cell death. Individuals lose their ability to communicate, recognize family and friends and care for themselves. Currently, there is no way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

In addition to the toll the disease takes on individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, the disease exacts a heavy mental, emotional, financial and often physical toll on caregivers and families. The numbers on the financial costs of caring for people with Alzheimer’s are staggering. In 2018, caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in the United States will cost an estimated $277 billion. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by 2050 the cost of care for Alzheimer’s patients could rise as high as $1.1 trillion.

As the numbers above make plain, without a change, the number of people with Alzheimer’s and the costs of care for individuals with Alzheimer’s will rise dramatically within the next decade. Everyone with a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but everyone can help to end this epidemic — especially you. During the month of June, which is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association asks people around the world to take the Purple Pledge and use their brains to help fight Alzheimer’s disease. You can join the Alzheimer's Association on June 21 and participate in The Longest Day, a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor those facing Alzheimer’s with strength, passion and endurance. Find out more information about Alzheimer’s and join the fight at www.alz.org.

If you are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or have a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, there is a 24-hour telephone support program that offers specialized information about Alzheimer’s disease, community resources, emotional support, referrals and follow-up counseling services. The Helpline Number is 1-800-272-3900.

On June 21, let’s join together and show our love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

By State Representative Bob Trammell (D-Luthersville)
Representative Bob Trammell Jr. represents the citizens of District 132, which includes portions of Coweta, Meriwether and Troup counties. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014 and currently serves as House Minority Leader. He also serves on the Ethics, Governmental Affairs, Information and Audits, Judiciary Non-Civil, Motor Vehicles, Rules and Ways and Means committees.

Rebuilding our Communities and Combatting the Opioid Epidemic Together


Dear Editor,

With every passing day, our nation’s opioid crisis claims 115 more lives. Each of these victims leaves behind devastated loved ones and a community weakened by their loss.

In Georgia’s Third District specifically, we see the damage created by this epidemic on a daily basis. According to a 2017 study by Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Third District has counties with some of the highest levels of opioid abuse in the state.

The harm created by this misuse is not just limited to an individual’s health. The damage done to the family structure is tragic. Outside the home, the opioid epidemic has a negative impact on local businesses, our children’s education and our entire healthcare system.

In Congress, we are working to combat this crisis. In fact, there are eight different committees in the House of Representatives are working on bipartisan bills to prevent addiction, increase treatment options and outcomes for those in recovery and assist first responders. There is no single legislative fix to end addiction, so we are putting forth dozens of bills designed to tackle the opioid epidemic from all angles. The Committee on Energy and Commerce alone has voted nearly sixty bipartisan bills out of committee.

In the Education and the Workforce Committee, we have crafted a number of bills that would focus on ways we can help families and employers combat opioid addiction both at home and in the workplace.

The Improving the Federal Response to Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder Act would focus on the impact of opioid addiction at home. This bill would establish an interagency task force to develop a strategy to help federal agencies respond to the opioid epidemic, prioritizing existing programs that assist infants, children and their families. No family should have to suffer through addiction alone. This task force will help target current resources and examine new ways that we can help victims and their loved ones fight back against this disease.

I have also heard from employers across Georgia’s Third District that they need assistance to help combat the effects of opioid abuse on their workforce and their business. That is why H.R. 5892 would create an advisory committee to counsel the Secretary of Labor on actions the Department of Labor can take to address opioid abuse in the workplace. This advisory committee would make recommendations on appropriate workplace policies, such as early identification strategies and employer substance abuse policies, to help employers consider best approaches to combat opioid misuse in the workplace.

These are just two of the dozens of bipartisan bills that the House will have the opportunity to consider in the coming weeks. While this is undoubtedly the largest legislative initiative to fight opioid addiction that Congress has undertaken, it is just the beginning.

This massive effort reflects the hard work of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find ways to fight back against the ravages of this disease. There is no congressional district that has not been touched by opioid addiction. We cannot ignore the growing epidemic of opioid abuse. We must face it head on.

I will continue working with my colleagues to find innovative solutions to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live a full life and seize the American dream.

We must also recognize that there is another aspect of this crisis that goes beyond legislative action. Every American must show compassion and empathy as individuals and support individuals and their families throughout the recovery process. The best legislation can never replace a kind, supportive heart and, most importantly, prayer. If we fail to love, support and pray for those suffering from addiction, then we will all fall short.

Congressman Drew Ferguson, 3rd District
Congressman Ferguson serves on the Committee on the Budget, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Education and the Workforce Committee and is the Freshman Policy Representative for the 115th Congress.

Local Ministry Has a Need and It Is You


Dear Editor,

The Pike Outreach Transportation Ministry needs drivers. No CDL is required. No medical degree necessary.

If you can drive one day a week or one day every two weeks you will do. Most important is faithfulness because a dialysis patient can't wait. The van has a chair lift and instruction will be provided. The head of the program passed this need on and I am passing it on to you. Dedicated drivers are needed. Jesus will have your paycheck when you get home.

For more information, call Ann at 678-642-9800 and leave message with your name and phone number.

Steve Hicks

Pike County Memorial Day Observance Program


Dear Pike County Community,

On 28 May 2018, the Pike County American Legion Post 197 Legion Family hosted the Pike County Memorial Day Observance Program during the rain inside the main courtroom of the Pike County Courthouse. The crowd gathered for this occasion, filled the first-floor seating area. The American Legion was only a small part of the program success. The majority of this success was due to our program participants and wonderful audience, the great American public.

The multi-organizational Honor Guard consisted of members of the Marine Corps League Detachment 1196 from Griffin, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, the Pike County Fire Department, and the Pike County American Legion Post 197. Moody-Daniel Funeral Home provided a hearse and a U.S. Flag-draped casket to help visually honor all those who died defending our freedoms. We were honored that Pike County Board of Commissioner’s Chairmen Briar Johnson represented, not only the citizens of Pike County, but the entire nation as he accepted the folded U.S. Flag from all those represented in the U.S. Flag-draped casket during the Flag Folding Ceremony. Our youngest generation represented several youth organizations within Pike County: the 4-H, Girl Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion Auxiliary Juniors, and the Sons of American Legion programs. All WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Global War on Terrorism Veterans, law enforcement officers, and firefighters in the courtroom were recognized and given a resounding ovation. You could see that the veterans, law enforcement officers, and firefighters were appreciative of the special recognition. All the participants to include the veterans in attendance were in some way linked to what was represented within the U.S. Flag-draped casket.

Thank you to all those who participated in this year’s program. You truly were critical players in supporting the program theme of “The Flag and all it Represents”.

To all those in attendance, thank you for sacrificing some of your precious free time on a Memorial Day weekend to not only honor those who died defending the freedoms that we as Americans cherish, but also our living veterans, law enforcement officers, and firefighters. I am convinced that most attendees left with a renewed understanding of our Flag and all it represents which includes those who died defending our freedoms and those who we memorialize on Memorial Day. Again, thank you to all those who participated and attended the 2018 Pike County Memorial Day Observance Program, and helped make it an unforgettable event.


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

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