Pike County Times
The Pike County Times, PO Box 843, Zebulon, Georgia 30295. Click here to donate through PayPal. Becky Watts: Phone # 770-468-7583 editor@pikecountytimes.com
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The MLK Jr parade was held on January 16, 2017. The theme for the day was: "Our Lives Begin To End When We Become Silent About The Things That Matter." Click here to see pictures from this event. Full sized photos are on Facebook.

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Troop 37 out of Life Springs Church collected food for REACH Inc. out of Concord, Georgia again this year. Over 500 items were collected this year! To find out more about Troop 37 out of Meansville, go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/troop37.

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An accident blocked Highway 109 East on Saturday, January 14th, near Williams Mill Road around 11 a.m. A Dodge Ram Pickup hit a mail truck and sent the mail truck down an embankment. Click here for more.

Photos courtesy of Trisha Dabbs.

Photos courtesy of Trisha Dabbs.

Forty people of all ages, including men and small children, braved the rain, lightning, and tornado warnings to participate in the Women’s March, in Zebulon, at 11:00 AM on January 21, 2017. Click here for more.

These are submitted photos from a wreck that occurred on December 27, 2016 at 5:41 p.m. A Buick Park Avenue driven by 89 year old Eugene Sauder was attempting to turn from Hwy 19 left onto Jones Circle. He failed to yield to a Chevy Trailblazer driving north on Hwy 19, driven by 25 year old Jason Wilson from Alabama. This caused a collision. Sauder was transported to Atlanta Medical by Grady EMS.

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An accident occurred on Highway 19 close to Vega Road this afternoon. One person was transported to Grady from injuries incurred from the wreck. Click here for more.

The Zebulon Christmas Parade and Festival was held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Pike County Courthouse Square in Zebulon with Meghan Gregg as the Grand Marshall of the parade. Meghan played softball at Pike County and now plays for the University of Tennessee. Click here to see pictures.

Photo courtesy of USTA

In November, United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern announced the recipients of its 2016 awards, given for outstanding achievements in tennis both on and off the court. Click here for more.

Coy Bowles is a down to earth guy who is making his living doing what he loves—playing great music and meeting new people. Of course, he’s traveling and playing a lot more since he is a part of the Zac Brown Band and the group’s song “Chicken Fried” is a number one hit, but it has not been an overnight success. Click here for more.

The Pike County Community has come together to outfit the City of Zebulon Police Department’s first K-9 officer with a police vest. $800 was raised to fund the vest in the space of just one afternoon! Click here for more.

On November 11, 2016, the Pike County American Legion Family hosted the Pike County Veterans Day Program at the south side of the Pike County Courthouse Square in Zebulon, Georgia. SFC (Retired) Douglas “Ed” Jones was honored for his service as a combat Veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Click here for more.

The Annual Lighting of Concord took place on Friday, December 2, 2016. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with supper served at the Concord Cafe. Click here to see pictures.

Phillip LaBerge and Ron Alexander

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Ron Alexander will be remembered for his love of flying, his kindness and encouragement for young aviators, and events for our community that honored veterans. Ron died in a plane crash at Peach State Airport in Williamson on November 17, 2016. This loss will be felt by many in our community, but especially by those in the aviation community. Click here for more.

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The Ellis Road fire in Spalding County has been contained. It was mostly burned out overnight in a creek bottom but has been fully contained around the 11 o’clock hour this morning. Click here for more.

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A large grass and woods fire on the Highway 18 at the Pike-Meriwether county lines has been contained. Volunteers from the Pike County Fire Department as well as the Georgia Forestry Commission were on the scene for more than an hour this afternoon. Click here for more.

The Hughley Road Development case has been settled. The development has a long history and began in 1999 and has been in court for the past three years. This Planned Residential Development (PRD) originally would have allowed mixed residential uses with a density of up to 8 units per acre. Today, attorneys from all parties met at the Pike County Courthouse to hammer out a final agreement that was signed by Senior Superior Court Judge Grant Brantley of Cobb County Superior Court. Click here for more.

The Southside Riders Association (SRA) donated teddy bears to Pike County’s First Responders, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Zebulon Police Department on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. These bears are being given as way to bring a smile to a kid's face in the midst of a traumatic event. Click here for more.

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The Pike County Christian Ministerial Association met for its first meeting in October. Pictured here left to right: Ben Maxedon - Treasurer - Prayer Power of Georgia, Tom Morton - Morton and Morton, Travis Ferguson - Old Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Carol Scroggs - Zebulon & Concord United Methodist Church, Michael Powell - Pike County Resource Network, Chris Teasley - Concord Baptist Church, Mark Harris - Mt Olive Baptist Church, Fred Lacey - Flint River Baptist Association, Fred Thompson - President - Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, and Frank Winfrey - Vice President - New Hope Baptist Church.
Members of American Legion Pike Post 197 recently went to Cincinnati for the American Legion's 98th National Convention. Willa and Peggi Payton were featured in the November American Legion Magazine. For the Paytons, the American Legion is a family affair. Billy Payton is the 4th District Commander, Post 197 Adjutant, Jedidiah is the Detachment, District and Squadron 197 Sergeant at Arms, Willa is the Honorary Junior Color Bearer for the Department of Georgia, 4th District Page to the President, and Unit 197 Junior Sergeant at Arms and Peggi is the 4th District Auxiliary President, Unit 197 President and Post 197 Historian. Photos courtesy of The American Legion Magazine.

On November 30, 2016, Mr. Lawrence Jones, a “military living historian” and re-enactor for 27 years and Volunteer Tour Guide at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus brought the Civil War to life at the Allie B. Edwards Senior Center with a program on Life in the Civil War Navies 1861-1865. www.portcolumbus.org

Janna Brannon read to kids at A Novel Experience. Photo courtesy of Janna Brannon.

Ed and Hester Jones celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 10. Surrounded by family and friends over two hundred people stopped by to congratulate them and wish them well. Photo courtesy of Ben Maxedon.

Tara Copp, © 2016 Stars and Stripes, All Rights Reserved

Tara Copp, © 2016 Stars and Stripes, All Rights Reserved
No soldier left behind has been a long-time military creed. Families of crew members from the B-24J aircraft “Hot as Hell” have been waiting for 72 years for closure. This includes the family of Lt. Robert "Eugene" Oxford. Click here for more.

The PCMS cross country teams continued its winning ways at the first ever CGMSAL League Championships. The Pirates and Lady Pirates each finish in first place resulting in being crowned league champions. Click here for more.

The 43rd Annual Concord Jubilee was held on Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th in Concord, Georgia. Check out the pictures! Click here for more information.

The Summer Reading Finale was held at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library. Children of all ages were invited, whether or not they registered for the reading program. There were crafts, games, prizes, tattoos, and face painting. Balloon creations were provided by balloon artist/ventriloquist Cliff Patton. Click here for more.

Railee Wilson and Anna Chasteen.
Photo courtesy of Tommy Polnaszek.

Noah Strader, Ethan Odum, Brandon Scott and Tyler Landry.
Photo courtesy of Tommy Polnaszek.

The Pike County Middle School cross country team hosted Henderson Middle School from Jackson in its first ever home meet in school history. The meet was held at the Pike County recreation facilities. Click here for more.

Pictured (L-R): Mike Weinroth, Social Studies Teacher Todd Child, Media Specialist Karen Merrick, Principal Mike Maddox.
Photo courtesy of Pike County Middle School.

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust has donated an artifact trunk to Pike County Middle School. The trunk contains various artifacts and resources to be used by the students and teachers so they might enrich their understanding of the Holocaust. Click here for more.

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, the Pike County American Legion Post 197 hosted the Pike County Patriot's Day Observance Program on the Pike County Courthouse Square in Zebulon, Georgia. This Patriot Day Observance Program honored the 15th anniversary of those who perished that fateful morning of September 11, 2001. Click here for more.

September 1, 2016 was a big day for Pike County. Trans-Radial Pictures came to Zebulon to film courthouse scenes for "Logan Lucky." Click here for more.