Yet another bomb threat was made at Pike County High School Monday morning and school officials are offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the threats. A bomb threat was made at PCHS Friday afternoon and several bomb threats have been made over the last month, according to sheriff's office investigators. There have also been multiple bomb threats at Upson-Lee High School, with three threats made there this week.
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A rabid raccoon attacked two dogs at a home on Williams Mill Road near Highway 109 between Zebulon and Meansville addresses. The dogs were in an enclosure at the home of Jayne Midura and Jim Formby when a raccoon crawled into the pen around 6 p.m. March 10.
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The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation to honor top students and teachers in each county every year. To earn the STAR student status, high school seniors must have the highest score on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent of their class based on grade point average. The local winner for system-wide STAR student is Warren Snell. He can also compete for region honors. John Michael Williams is also a STAR student for Pike County.
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Pirates will take over the school campuses as the elementary school holds the sixth annual fun run, now called the Pirate Run, Saturday, March 15. The Pirate Run will include a one-mile Plank Walk/Run at 4 p.m. for children and adults and the Peg Leg 5K Walk/Run at 5 p.m.
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Residents in Pike County have worked together to raise barns since the early 1800s. Local agriculture students and Future Farmers of America members need the community’s help to keep the tradition alive.
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A Woodbury man was arrested by Pike County Sheriffs Office drug agents Monday night. Anthony Willis, 37 years of age, had caught the attention of agents as a supplier of drugs to the Molena area during other investigations.
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The 17th annual Tour de Pike will roll through Pike County Saturday, March 15, at 8:30 a.m. Bike riders of all skill sets may take part in the event which offers scenic routes and starts in Concord.
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There have been more than 171 calls to the Emergency 911 Center since the storm hit with reports of trees in the roads, power lines down and other weather-related incidents. The Pike County Sheriff's Office is encouraging citizens to stay off the roads even though the temperature will rise above freezing because of the possibility of trees falling and ice accumulation on roadways.
There have been 171 calls for service made to the pike county 911 center since the winter storm hit Pike County.
"This number does not reflect the high volume of calls that have been made requesting weather information," said Maj. David Neal. "A large number of calls have also been made to road department personnel and reported in person by citizens. The current estimates are that Pike County Emergency Services and road department employees have assisted and/or responded to approximately 300 incidents across the county."
Pike County and the American Red Cross have opened the senior citizens center , 9716 highway 19, to any persons needing shelter during the power outages. There will be personnel at that location to help anyone needing assistance. Citizens can call 567-3857 for further information.
The Pike County EMA and the American Red Cross have opened a shelter for anyone without power at the senior center on Highway 19 in Zebulon. Cots will be delivered by this evening. Bring anything you would need to stay the night, including medications and comfort items. No pets allowed. More details as they become available.
SRE THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE:
As of 11:00 a.m. over 8400 of our members remain without power. We have an additional 41 workers helping with restoration efforts now and 30 more are on the way from Alabama. The safety of our linemen and those who have come to our aid continues to be our top priority. The ice is beginning to melt which will help us make progress but the damage is extensive and repairs are time consuming. Please remember that there is a method to restoring power safely and effectively. There is no point in repairing a tap line at a residence when the substation that feeds it is out. View a diagram of the process on the Storm Center page of our website: http://www.southernriversenergy.com/Storm%20Center/4777_Restore_Power.pdf
We expect to work through Friday making repairs, possibly into Saturday. The Civic Center in Barnesville and the Pike County Senior Center on Hwy 19 in Zebulon have been designated emergency shelters and will remain open as needed for anyone in need of relief. We cannot guarantee a time frame in which your power will be restored so please, we urge you to make other arrangements if you have any conditions that require a constant supply of electricity.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work toward safely restoring power for all our members. Please continue to use the outage hotline for outage reporting: 1-866-244-4890 but if you have already reported your outage, PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE CALLING. This ice storm has moved across the southeast and our call center is now overwhelmed with handling outage reports from numerous cooperatives. If you have already reported your outage, we have it in the system and will get to it as soon as possible.
We will continue updating our website, Facebook and Twitter throughout the duration of this event. Outages can be tracked in real-time with our live outage viewer: http://220.127.116.11:82/.
As of 6:45 a.m. nearly 9000 of our members are without power. We do not yet know the extent of the damage but will be able to make a better assessment after daylight. Once crews have taken inventory of the damage to the system we will make our best estimate as to how long we anticipate restoration efforts will take. We have 7 additional crews to help with restoration efforts for a total of approximately 35 extra workers and have asked for more from any co-op that can spare them. The safety of our linemen and those who have come to our aid is our top priority as they work in these dangerous conditions to restore power. It will be difficult to make progress until the temperature gets above freezing and the ice begins to melt off the trees. The lines are being torn down by falling trees and limbs as fast as our crews can put them up. Please be patient; this is not a quick process. Also keep in mind that there is a method to restoring power safely and effectively. There is no point in repairing a tap line at a residence when the substation that feeds it is out. This diagram explains the process in detail.
We will continue updating our website, Facebook and Twitter throughout the duration of this event. Outages can be tracked in real-time with our live outage viewer: http://18.104.22.168:82/
We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work toward safely restoring power for all our members. Please continue to use the outage hotline for outage reporting: 1-866-244-4890.
As night fell, road conditions in Pike County were deteriorating. Sleet was slicking roads and making bridges dangerous.
Those conditions are expected to worsen as temperatures fall to 27 degrees overnight. Freezing rain is forecast to continue through 11 p.m. followed by a mix of sleet and snow which should end by 3 a.m. Thursday. Temps will be eel above freezing at 44 degrees by mid afternoon Thursday.
UPDATE: SRE outage numbers increase:
Southern Rivers Energy has over 3400 members without power as of 8 p.m Crews are still working steadily although work has become somewhat counterproductive as lines are coming down as fast as they as they can put them up. Please be patient with all the utility workers as they have quite a task ahead of them. The Civic Center in Barnesville is open for anyone in need of a comfort station. Again, SRE members are asked to call 1-866-244-4890 to report outages.
Meanwhile, Southern Rivers Energy continues to battle outages. More are expected overnight as icy limbs fal, taking down power lines
From Erin Cook at SRE:
As of 5:00 p.m. we have 2318 members without power. We anticipate conditions to worsen overnight. Again, we have 6 additional crews to help with restoration efforts for a total of approximately 35 extra workers. SRE members should call the new outage hotline to report their outages at 1-866-244-4890. We will continue updating our website, Facebook and Twitter throughout the duration of this event. Outages can be tracked in real-time at southernriversenergy.com with our live outage viewer: http://22.214.171.124:82
Icing began before dawn Wednesday in many areas. Stay at home if at all possible.
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GEMA early morning update:
Avoid Travel as Weather Conditions Worsen
(ATLANTA) -- All motorists are urged to stay off of the roads as the threat of icy conditions continues to increase throughout the day. Ice can be deceptively dangerous, difficult to anticipate, and extremely difficult to drive on. Bridges and overpasses will ice first.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, in coordination with the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), strongly cautions motorists to stay off the roads until conditions improve.
The National Weather Service (NWS) ice storm and winter weather warnings remain in effect for the upper half of the state. Forecasters are predicting extremely hazardous conditions which will cause power outages and substantial structural damage due to falling trees and ice.
Residents outside of the storm warning area may also face the threat of icy road conditions. A State of Emergency remains in effect for 91 counties.
GDOT will focus on keeping highways passable for emergency purposes only. The overall goal is to keep all roads passable, but the extent of that challenge is unknown as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day. Motorists who need to travel for emergency purposes are advised to reduce their speed, avoid GDOT trucks on the road and closely follow travel information as the weather system brings changing conditions.