Pvt. second class Timothy Caleb Manley, son of Tim and Sharon Manley, received the Gen. George S. Patton Award for outstanding performance and leadership and the Excellence in Calvary Award in Charlie Troop 5-15, 5th Calvary, 15th Reg., while undergoing recruit training at Fort Knox, Ky., with the 194th Armored Brigade.
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School systems across the state are bracing for serious budget cuts in light of Georgia's expected $2 billion revenue shortfall due to the sagging economy. State tax revenues and corporate tax collections are down.
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Pike County commissioners expect a large number of people to attend the January 27 meeting to hear them reconsider the Teen Challenge request for a special exception that would allow it to operate a boarding facility, school and ministry for troubled teen boys.
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On January 15, 2009, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears has appointed Superior Court Clerk of Pike County Carolyn Williams to the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Judicial Workload Assessment Committee (JWAC).
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When Charlie and Tracey Muise wanted a roof on their porch, they went all out. It is built with state of the art photovoltaic solar panels that have cut their energy bill by about 30% a month. (video after the jump)
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A Pike County couple was displaced after a Jan. 5 fire gutted their modular home on Misty Lane in Zebulon.
Diane and Jimmy Scott returned from a trip to a local store that evening and saw smoke coming from the eaves of their one-story house. They had left around 7 p.m. and went to a Zebulon convenience store to pick up a couple of items and their two house dogs rode with them.
When she saw the smoke, Mrs. Scott called 911; then called her sons.
She said her son J.J. arrived quickly, before firefighters were on the scene. As she prevented him from entering the house, her husband threw the breaker to turn off the electricity and turned off the propane gas. He also used his tractor to move a non-working pickup truck.
Firefighters arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire but the home was severely damaged. The Scotts' bedroom and a bathroom were standing, but furniture was damaged and everything was blackened by smoke and fire.
Before the Scotts went to the store, she had cooked supper and washed a load of clothes. Firefighters asked her about use of the stove, but she insists she turned it off before she left.
She said earlier in the evening they smelled a peculiar odor in the house so they called their son Justin, who lives next door, to investigate. She said he looked under the house and in the attic and could find nothing. The odor dissipated after they turned on the ceiling fan.
The Scotts have lived in their house since 1985 and Mrs. Scott has lived on the property all her life. She suspects the fire could have been caused by an electrical problem but that has yet to be determined. The case is still under investigation.
A Red Cross representative came to the scene and provided them a care package. They refused the offer of lodging in a motel because they stayed at their son's home next door.
She said the fire flared up again around 6 a.m. the following day from hot spots that continued to burn throughout the night. It was quickly extinguished.
The Scotts have insurance and their claims representative was on the scene last week to assess the damage, but they have immediate needs such as towels, bed linens and kitchen items. Mrs. Scott also wants to purchase a used laptop to replace her computer lost in the fire.
Those who want to donate household items to the Scotts may call 770-567-3121.
January is widely known as the start of the flu season, but so far, there have been no reports in Pike County schools.
"So far, so good," said elementary school nurse Betty Crawford. "Evidently things are working well."
Pike schools have joined a host of others across the state implementing preventive measures to stave off flu and cold viruses. This includes hand-washing, hand sanitizer and disinfecting classrooms and other parts of school buildings when illness is reported.
Children are also learning to cough and sneeze into their sleeves or elbows, rather than into their hands, said primary school nurse Shanna Callaway. This is a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control.
Most importantly, children and adults who are sick should stay home. No one should return to work or school until they have been fever free for 24 hours, Callaway said.
Pike schools were the first in Georgia to take part in the Flu-Free Schools Initiative Oct. 21-24. Health department officials administered a needle free nasal flu mist vaccine to students. The goal was to reduce flu among students and faculty to reduce absenteeism, which spiked during the flu season during last school year.
District IV public health information officer Hayla Hall said there have been four positive results for the flu from state laboratories this month but this doesn't mean those are the only cases. Influenza is not a notifiable disease and no one is required to report it.
Since the fall there have been seven influenza type A cases and 15 type B cases.
The flu cycle is still sporadic and there has been no large activity, she said. There have been no pediatric deaths or major outbreaks reported.
Hall encourages everyone to practice preventive measures such as getting a flu shot, washing hands and avoiding those who are sick. February is historically the peak month for flu.
County manager Steve Marro, a member of the Governor's Commission on Pandemic Flu Preparedness, noted planning for a major outbreak is evidenced in the community by such features as disinfectant wipes near carts in grocery stores. Stickers in public restrooms reminding people to wash their hands are part of the initiative.
Preventive measures recommended by the CDC include a flu vaccination, covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throwing the tissue in the trash after use and washing hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which spreads germs.
Flu vaccinations are still available at the Pike County Health Department. The cost is $25. There is no flu mist vaccine available, but there are a few children's vaccines. Those with private insurance are not eligible.
There will be no revaluation of any property in Pike County in 2009.
"Unless there's some huge boom in the market, we should be all right with the (current) values," said assessor Paula Nalley at the Jan. 6 meeting.
Assessors agreed last year at a called meeting to withdraw the 2008 property revaluation that drew more than 500 appeals from property owners. Chief assessor Jeannie Haddock said it was brought to their attention there were inconsistencies in the methods an outside firm used to set property values on rural Pike County land parcels and a lack of uniformity.
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