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If you have a picture of a Pike County event or Pike County people that you would like to show off, email it to: editor (at) pikecountytimes (dot) com with a description that I can place under the picture on the We are Pike County web page. Normally, I do not place the names of children with their pictures or I place names in alphabetical order because I consider it to be a possible hazard to children with this website being available on the world wide web. Thanks to all who send pictures and information to The Pike County Times. This is truly a community newspaper because of your contributions!

 
 
 
 
 



Ms. Romanga “Polly” Johnson of Meansville celebrated 101 years of joyous living on September 9th. Photo courtesy of the Pike Senior Center.
 

The summer reading finale for the J. Joel Edwards Public Library will be held on Saturday, July 28, 10:00-1:00. All children are invited to attend, whether they were able to participate in the summer reading activities or not. Says library assistant Rhonda Vanosdale, “Our library has really rocked this summer, and we are just as eager as the kids are for our Libraries Rock grand finale.” Click here for more.
 

July 26th 2:00-6:00 p.m., Pike County Health Department will be holding a back-to-school bash at 541 Griffin Street Zebulon, Ga. They will be offering immunizations, Hearing/Dental/Vision certification and Hepatitis C/HIV test for adults. Free food and back packs will be available while supplies last. Click here for more. [This article is complete!]
 

Pike County High School's Pirate Regiment, led by Band Director Mr. Lee Ewing, concluded their band camp this past Friday. This year's performance is titled "The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn," featuring various showtunes, including "Rewrite the Stars," "Fly Away/Come What May," "Your Song (percussion feature,)" and "Once Upon a Dream," with Colorguard choreography by the Colorguard instructor, Ms. Lania Taylor. Click here for more.
 

The Pike County Parks & Recreation Authority presents the 2018 Pride of Pike Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 30, 2018 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Pike County Soccer Complex located on Twin Oaks Road in Williamson, Georgia. Everyone is invited to attend! Entertainment will be provided by American Idol Contestant Isaac Streetman. Local talent Riley Atha will be performing including singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the fireworks show. There is a parking fee of $5.00 per vehicle. There will be kids’ activities, food, vendors & a spectacular fireworks show that will last 20 to 25 minutes! Click here for more. This page is complete with photos and videos.
 

The J. Joel Edwards Public Library proudly presented Michael Buffalo Smith, the Ambassador of Southern Rock, on Thursday, June 28. Buffalo Smith provided an entertaining tribute to the great musicians of southern rock, complete with a Q&A and a book signing. Click here for more.
 

The storm that rolled through Pike County on Thursday afternoon caused some damage in some parts of the county. Click here for more.
 

On Saturday, May 26, 2018, a group from the Atlanta Chinese Community came to Concord to show their respects to 1st Lt. Robert Eugene Oxford with a spray of flowers and two ribbons illustrated by Qinghe, a famous artist in Atlanta. Click here for more.
 

(photo by Deric Gilliard)
 

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Region IV Director Renee Ellmers, (right) speaks to the Pike County Kiwanis Club Thursday, June 7, 2018 about HHS Secretary Alex Azar's four departmental priorities. Ellmers, who is based in Atlanta, serves as the secretary’s representative in the eight southeastern states (www.hhs.gov/about/agencies/iea/regional-offices/region-4/index.html). During her talk,she focused on the HHS response to the opioid crisis, while also touching on reducing drug prices, a shift toward a more value-based health care system and plans to increase health insurance affordability, as well as hearing the concerns of the attendees. Currently, 116 people a day die of opioid-related drug overdoses in the U.S. Other Interested groups and organizations can feel free to reach out to us at HHSRegion4ORD@hhs.gov, or (404) 562-7888. For further information and treatment centers near you, please click the link below: www.hhs.gov/opioids.
 

The Pike-Spalding-Lamar-Upson-Clayton Forestry Unit was commended as Georgia Forestry Commission's 2017 North Georgia Unit of the Year on February 7, 2018. This Forestry Unit consists of dedicated Georgia Forestry Commission professionals Ranger Jonathan Butts, Ranger Geoffery Dean, Ranger Kolby Lynch, and Ranger Tyler Mameli serving under the leadership of Chief Ranger Jeff Kenerly. Click here for more.
 

The annual MLK Jr. Day Parade was held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. Click here to see pictures from this event.
 

Snow can be beautiful. Pike County received almost two inches earlier this week. However, with the snow comes the ice, and we had quite a bit of ice on the roads as the snow began melting or was driven over by vehicles on the roadways. Click here for more.
 
 

This is the third year that members of the Southside Riders Association have presented teddy bears to those who serve our county in emergency situations. South Georgia/Grady Ambulance and the Pike County Fire Department and Pike County Sheriff's Office have been given many bags with teddy bears and other small toys that can be used to help children in stressful situations. Click here for more information including how you can help.
 

The 4th Annual Christmas parade was held in Zebulon on Sunday, December 10, 2017. There were vendors around the square with wares to sell and food to buy. People bundled up and smiled as they said hello and went shopping just in time for Christmas. Santa Claus came to visit. A fun time was had by all! Click here for more.

 

Pike County Chairman Briar Johnson and Pike County Commissioners Tim Daniel, Tim Guy, James Jenkins and County Manager John Hanson joined more than 100 Georgia county leaders at the White House for a day of meetings with key administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Senator David Perdue. Click here for more.
 

The Pike County Memorial Annex honors those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving our county, state, and country. This includes First responders such as paramedics, Sheriff’s Office and City Police Departments, County Fire Department and City Volunteer Fire Departments, and military service members. This annual Induction Ceremony honors these members by placing of photos and information on the walls of these halls. So far, there have been nine inductees from WWII, Vietnam, and Iraq. On December 2, 2017, three families and their military service members were honored and an update was given for two of the former inductees. Click here for more.
 

The Lighting of Concord was held on Friday, December 1, 2017. Photos from Friday's night are included on the page. If you would like an electronic copy of these photos, please let me know at editor@pikecountytimes.com. These photos can also be found on my Facebook at Becky Clark Watts. Click here for more.
 

The two houses located next to the Post Office in Zebulon are no more. The beautiful old house on the corner was an icon of sorts in Zebulon and will be missed. Derrick Johnson Equipment was hired to demolish the houses, and that process began today. Click here for more.
 

Last Friday night, the Pike County Pirate High School Football Team advanced to the third round of the State Playoffs. While they did not win the game against the defending Class AAA State Champions the Cedar Grove Saints, our Pirates made history here in Pike County, and we are proud of them! These are photos from the sendoff prior to the game. Click here for more.
 

This picture represents our county, our school, our future…it represents the conditioning that began last winter, the spring game where we all anxiously awaited that drop of Heaven of having a football game in the spring. This picture represents every drip of sweat during those hot and humid Georgia summer practices, the start of our 7-3 regular season, finishing THIRD IN OUR REGION, MAKING HISTORY IN PIKE COUNTY - going on to win the first round of playoffs…this picture represents every boy who has dedicated the past 10 months of his life to this game – the past 10 plus years to this sport. Click here for more.
 

The Concord Country Jubilee was held in downtown Concord on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more. A complete group of pictures is on my Facebook page.
 

The Middle School cross country teams traveled to the Rock Ranch to compete in the Rock Ranch Invitational Cross Country Meet. Unlike last year’s scorching temperature, the weather cooperated and made for great running. Click here for more.
 

The Pike County Middle School cross country teams have continued to perform well over the past two weeks with no signs of slowing down. The teams traveled to Gray, Georgia for the Greyhound Invitational on September 17th. The runners paced themselves well resulting in personal best times for all the runners. Click here for more.
 

The Pike County Middle School cross country traveled to Americus to compete in its first meet of the season the Furlow Fast Feet Invitational. Click here for more.
 

The J. Joel Edwards Public Library finished up another fun-filled summer reading program, following the national theme Build a Better World. This page contains pictures from today's finale program. Click here for more.
 

It took 73 long years, but the Concord community was finally able to honor a hometown hero, 1st Lt. Robert "Eugene" Oxford. By the time that the funeral began, there were over 250 Chinese in attendance from the greater Atlanta area, and some flew into Atlanta from Philadelphia and New York to attend the funeral. Not one of these visitors to our community knew Eugene personally, but they came to show their respect and honor to a man who had given his life not only for our freedom, but for theirs. A sign has been placed in Concord with lettering in English and Chinese to point Chinese visitors to the grave of 1st Lt. Robert "Eugene" Oxford. Many have come to Concord to honor 1st Lt. Oxford, and this will help them find the gravesite easily. Click here to read more about this extraordinary event.Click here to read about the upcoming Concord Jubilee.
 


Merrill Roan and Mayor John Strickland are shown here as a gift of a beautifully signed picture is given to the City of Concord to remember 1st Lt. Robert "Eugene" Oxford. This Flying Tiger picture is signed by many who in the Chinese community who honored the Oxford Family earlier this year as well as making new friends in the Pike County community. Click here for more.
 


Katie Rawlins, daughter of Glen and Kim Rawlins from Zebulon, has just completed a four-week internship in Washington, D.C. with U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08). Rawlins is a Political and International Affair major at the University of Georgia. Click here for more.
 


Prayer Power of Georgia Inc. accepts nominations from the community for the “Saints in Light” award each year. This award is presented an individual who is serving in our community in a way that is spiritually inspiring, motivating to others, and who has an influence of encouragement in our community. Click here for more.
 


The 2017 Pike County Baccalaureate Service was held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5 p.m. The message was brought to graduates by Shane Moore, Youth Pastor at Life Springs Church with Special Music by the Oak Hill Praise Team. This service was sponsored by Prayer Power of Georgia, Inc. and Oak Hill Baptist Church. Click here for more.
 


The Pike County High School held an Active Shooter Drill on Friday, June 2. There was a myriad of support as well as cast in this very large practice for an event that I hope Pike County never sees. Click here for more.
 


73 years is very long time to wait for the return of a loved one after serving honorably in the Armed Forces. 1st Lt. Robert "Eugene" Oxford and the entire crew of the B-24J Liberator named "Hot as Hell" flew on their final flight on January 25, 1944. They were declared in Missing in Action and then Killed in Action with no word of what happened to them for 63 years. Eugene was engaged to be married, and most of his immediate family passed away without knowing what had happened to him. Now, 73 years later, Lt. Eugene Oxford is coming home. Click here for more.
 


It started with a Letter to the Editor in August of 2015 and has turned into an Eagle Scout Project to improve the Pirates Treasure Trail walking path at the school. Click here for more.
 


Prayer Power is proud to announce the two recipients of the 2017 Prayer Power Faith Award and Scholarship. Click here for more.
 


The Cancer Warriors Support Organization (CWSO) is a non-denominational Christian organization that ministers to and encourages people of all ages and cancer types as they go through the cancer battle. Click here for more.
 


Are you looking for a way to serve others in our community? Find out more about Kiwanis of Pike and learn how you can help others in our community. Click here for more.
 


On Thursday, May 4, 2017, Prayer Power of Georgia sponsored the Pike County celebration of the annual National Day of Prayer. It was supposed to be held on the Courthouse Square, but the chilly rain made it necessary to move the event indoors at Zebulon First Baptist Church. Click here for more.
 
Inducted officers for Thomaston Toastmasters 2017 - 2018 (left to right): Sergeant at Arms Hugh Salter, Treasurer Jimmy Koon, VP Public Relations Jan Price, VP Membership and VP Education Pam Koon, incoming President Marcus Bailey, and outgoing President Larry McDaniel. Not shown is Secretary Helen Cedeno.

End of year awards: Best Speaker, Jerry McDonald; Best Evaluator, Hugh Salter; Best Table Topic, Gary Self. Johnnie Gaskill; Helen Cedeno; David Koplan, Hugh Salter and Debra Smith of the Membership Committee were recognized for excellence. The President's Award went to outgoing President Larry McDaniel. Johnnie Gaskill was awarded a trophy for Toastmaster of the Year.

At Thomaston Toastmasters, members polish communication and leadership skills in a friendly, assistive environment. We welcome visitors from Upson County as well as the surrounding counties. Check the Calendar of Events page for this information.
 


Rev. Fred Thompson, President of the Pike County Christian Ministerial Association, presented Ms. Abby Cox with the first place award for the creation of the logo for the Association. Abby is a Pike County High School Senior in Ms. Laura Borgognoni's art class.
 


On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Pike County Republican Party Convention members elected new officers for the 2017-2019 term. Click here for more.
 


In late February, a groundbreaking took place for the 14,000 square foot expansion of the TenCate Protective Fabrics plant located in Zebulon. Click here for more.
 


Pike County American Legion Post 197, Inc. received an Operation Round Up® grant from the Southern Rivers Energy Trust, Inc. for $4871.66 to purchase new tables and chairs for the facility. Click here for more.
 
 



This is an amazing Spelling Bee Champion! Congratulations, Emily!
 


The 20th Annual Tour De Pike took place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 starting at 92 Main Street in Concord, Georgia. The Pike County Kiwanis Club is providing a 19, 35, 65, and 100 mile tour of beautiful Pike County for cyclists from near and far to enjoy. There were overnight accommodations in the Strickland Building and our local Boy Scouts helped out with this event. Click here for more.
 


Buffington Road in Pike County will be closed beginning February 15th to replace the bridge. Click here for more.
 


The Pike County Christian Ministerial Association has organized here in Pike County and consists of: (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.
 



The Back 2 School Bash was amazing as always! Thanks to everyone who helped out today! Click here for more.
 


On Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 9:00 am, people from around the community will gather for the annual school prayer walk for Pike County. Participants will gather in front of the Pre-K building on Highway 19 to pray as a group before riding and walking around the school campus and administration buildings. Click here for more.
 
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