Pike County Times
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Thought for the Week

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."

- Charles R. Swindoll
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.

Thank You From Pike County American Legion Post 197


To Pike County and surrounding areas:,

The Pike County American Legion Post 197 thanks all those who sponsored, supported, volunteered, and participated in the 24 February 2018 Zebulon 5K/10K Run/Walk Benefit for Veterans. The City of Zebulon 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 Pike County Courthouse. There were 27 participants who negotiated either the 5K or 10K course.

Post 197 thanks the, Auto Hobby Collision Repair, BJ’s Bottle Shop, Circle R Feed & Supply, City of Zebulon, Southern Blasting & Coating, The Narrow Path Ministries International, Zebulon Tire Center, El Mariachi, Howard's Garage & Body Shop, J&L Auto Repair, Law Office of Kevin R. Hurt P.C., McLeRoy Realty, Middle Georgia Water Systems, Pike Countryside Sanitation, Pike Depot Ace Hardware, State Farm Insurance – Walt McAbee, United Bank, A Novel Experience, Big Chic of Zebulon, Cindy's Florist, China House, Concord Manor & Winery, Doug's Small Engines, Pike County Journal Reporter, Pike County Subway, Pike County Times, Pike Pest Management, Southern Comfort HVAC, The Pirate Deck, Village Photography, Zebulon Auto Service, and Zebulon Floor Covering for sponsoring our event.

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 Meansville tentatively set for 5 May 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

To find out more information and see pictures from this walk, click here.