Pike County Times
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If I have a problem with an editorial, I will let you know by email and it can either be resolved or not printed because I will proof your letter for grammatical errors, but I do not edit letters based on content. And last but not least, your editorial must be accompanied by your name and a county or city of residence.

 
Deep But Very True Thought

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson

 
Thank You from the Pike County American Legion Post 197

10.27.22

Dear Editor,

To the citizens of Pike County and surrounding areas:

The Pike County American Legion Post 197 thanks all those who sponsored, supported, volunteered, and participated in the 22 October 2022 Molena 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser. The Run/Walk was conducted in conjunction with this year’s Pike County bicentennial events. The City of Molena was a gracious host providing their pavilion, public restrooms, and city streets. The weather was sunny and initially cool. Village Photography produced another unique T-shirt incorporating Molena’s old jail and Purple Heart Medal logo, and the America Legion and Pike County Bicentennial logos. The event had a total of 22 local sponsors to include In-kind sponsors.

Post 197 thanks our Blue- (highest) Level Sponsors: Promo Vision LLC, Barbara Richardson, Christ Chapel Community Church, Concord Manor & Winery, Family Health Clinic - Zebulon, First Bank of Pike, Pike Depot, Smith Welch Webb & White – Attorneys at Law, Southern Rivers Energy, TenCate Protective Fabrics, and The Narrow Path Ministries; Red Level Sponsors: A Novel Experience, Moody-Daniel Funeral Home, and Village Photography; and White Level Sponsors: Bonnie Dials, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, City of Molena, Harper Jaymes Boutique, Little Manna Foods Inc, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, The Beauty Parlor, and Wild Daisy Farm.

We also would like to thank the friends and relatives who signed up to honor deceased Veterans. We honored Veterans Robert E. Adams, Lawrence E. Brock, William C. Dials, Gerald A. Richardson, and Franklin D. Thrift.

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. Funds from sponsorships and event participation allows Post 197 to continue our great programs.

The next 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk will be conducted in April of 2023 in the great city of Zebulon. We are working to make this another healthy and highly enjoyable event in the Zebulon area. More information will be provided in the future.

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

Sincerely,
Bryan D. Richardson
Event Director
Pike County American Legion Post 197

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A Very Sincere Thank You

10.25.22

Dear Editor,

A big hello and thank you to all my friends who just happen to be my former customers. I wanted to take a moment to give everyone a huge thank you for tolerating me as your UPS service provider for these many years.

As I hope you all know I’m not internet savvy, so I’m hoping this letter will be a small way to express my gratitude to everyone for the flattering commnts, cards, gifts and well wishes you’ve given me. It is truly humbling. Please know that if you saw anything good in me and my career that it is Christ and not this forgiven wretch.

Thank you all so much again. Y’all made it easy!!

Keith Jackson
Pike County

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF PIKE COUNTY.

5.17.22

Dear Editor,

I am not a political person; I do not care for politics. Making sure I know the candidates well enough to make an informed decision when I vote is as deep as I get.

Over a year ago, I got involved in a conflict with the Pike County Manager, which was an attack against my wife. Hopefully the issue has been resolved, but the scars remain. Because of what happened and what I found out about the County Manager, I have become very interested in the actions of the County Manager.

I think it would be advisable if everyone in Pike County would make an effort to get to know the County Manager's job description and how he is fulfilling those functions. Everything the County Manager writes or says is a matter of public record; all citizens have access to public records.

I must state that I do not have first-hand knowledge of all these events, so I must say yes, they are my opinions, and it would be advisable for each of you to find out the truth for yourself.

Over a year ago, I made a written charge against the County Manager for public endangerment and unprofessionalism regarding a dangerous road condition that he refused to remedy. The conflict began.

The County Manager decided to establish 36 hours of work per week as the requirement for full-time employment, which he has the right to do, with the approval of the Board of Commissioners. What he does not have the right to do is tell the county's Constitutional Officers what to do.

The County Manager tried to force a Constitutional Officer to make one of their employees part-time; The County Manager failed.

Not having been able to impose his will on the Constitutional Officer, the County Manager changed the newly approved retirement plan to require a 36-hour workweek to qualify for retirement. The only person in the county who was going to retire was the same person The County Manager tried to force her to work a 36-hour workweek. I wonder if there could have been some leftover resentment from his failure to get his way? By the way, it took a vote of the County Board of Commissioners to ensure the thirty-one-year employee got the retirement she deserved. Unfortunately, it took this same employee four months to get a penny of her money after she retired. There has been no explanation from the County Manager why such a delay.

The infamous boat dock/rock issue. I have no opinion on this matter, but how the county manager deceived people to have the rocks removed shows me immaturity and a lack of integrity.

There appear to be several other issues, such as withholding money from a department budget because the County Manager did not think they needed the money the department asked for in their budget. It would appear the County Manager believes he knows best in all things.

I have spoken to several county employees and have only found one person who has anything nice to say about the County Manager. I have heard words like chauvinist, narcissist, and bully, which are the nice words.

My point is, do we want or need a person who will defy even the County Commissioners to get his way. A person who seems to act as if he was the ultimate authority and power in Pike County. I strongly suggest that every citizen start paying attention to what is happening in Pike County and contact your Commissioner when you see something wrong.

Ben Maxedon
Zebulon

[Note from the Editor: Pike County Times has been covering the actions of the county manager for some time including each of the situations named above.

The story behind his attempt to force a constitutional officer to bend to his will during a retirement discussion can be found here: www.pikecountytimes.com/secondary/BOC9.28.21.html.

Click here to read how the rocks were moved at the Shoals prior to a meeting with the county manager to discuss removing the rocks: www.pikecountytimes.com/secondary/BREAKINGNEWSflatshoals3.15.22.html

Withholding money from a budget could refer to the $16,000 that the county manager removed and refused to put back into Superior Court's budget last year (www.pikecountytimes.com/secondary/BOC9.28.21.html) or the reduction in the J. Joel Edwards Library budget this year (www.pikecountytimes.com/secondary/BOCSCM4.21.22.html). Does there seem to be an unfortunate pattern here?

Pike County Times wrote an article on county manager's contract which can be read here along with a link to a copy of his contract which requires annual evaluations that have not been done to date over the two years that he has been employed here: www.pikecountytimes.com/secondary/brandonrogers2.26.22.html. The evaluations by county commissioners are in the process but have still not been completed, and there is a 30 day window from June 30, 2022 in which to renew his contract. And there is also the matter of a $5,000 raise that he wrote for himself in the upcoming budget.]

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Numerical Placards Help In Emergency Situations

11.16.20

Pike County Residents,

I am an emergency medical services worker whose service includes all of Pike County. I am concerned about our ambulances and the rescue vehicles struggling to locate residences that are not clearly marked by a numerical address.

When a resident is having a heart attack, stroke, or serious bleeding issue, seconds may mean the difference in a resident’s survival or demise. If our vehicles lose cell and radio signals in a rural area, we could arrive at the scene much later than desired. A simple numerical placard near the roadway would be the perfect solution to aid the police, fire, and emergency services in completing their roles successfully.

This has been done in many rural counties for the same reasons and has been a success for the first responders and delivery vehicles, mail carriers, and passers-by. A second suggestion would be to keep the trees and bushes surrounding street signs that are already in place to ensure that their visibility is 100% from the roadway.

Tonie P. Biles
Pike County

[Note from the Editor: The Pike County Emergency Service Auxillary is selling reflective address signs to Pike County citizens. Proceeds benefit all emergency services personnel with disaster assistance in the form of gatorade, water, and other necessary items. Green signs are 6 inches by 18 inches with 4 inch reflective numbers on each side. To order, call 770-468-8633 for more information. All orders for reflective address signs must be made in writing.]

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