The Letter that started it all......

Tell me what you like about Pike County, Georgia! Let's tell everyone!

I live in the best part of the biggest state east of the Mississippi river in the most generous and best country in the world. I really like my home and my neighbors. This blog celebrates that fact!

Let's get the word out! Just click on where it says "# comments" (where # is the number of comments) and use the comment form to tell me what YOU like about Pike County! Put your name in the comment. Bookmark this page!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pike County Economic Summit

The Chamber hosted a Summit for Pike County today.  It was held at Life Springs Church in their auditorium.  Over 100 leaders of the the community and surrounding counties attended! One fact I took away from the meeting was that economic well-being is DIRECTLY tied to education. That is true for counties as well as families.  For example, in Georgia the unemployment rate is over 10%.  For those with some, or any, education past high school, the rate is 4%.  For high school grads, the rate is also less than 10% .  Don't let anyone tell you that finishing high school is not important!  It will affect you for the rest of your life! You may have heard it so much you don't really hear it anymore- STAY IN SCHOOL!  Finish up and keep moving, keep learning.  There are other extremely important things you can do to make a better future for yourself  and will be a subject of future posts.....

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ah! Spring in the South...

Where my old dog liked to lie down and monitor the activity. 

Baseball season opens Saturday!  It truly is a change of seasons!  Soon the Bravos will be on their way to World Series, Turkey Season will open and I'll have to dust off the old lawn mower!  Pine pollen will make all the cars the same color in a few weeks (yellow, until a good, old Georgia thunderstorm rolls through to wash them all clean), and the A/C will be a lifesaver.  It's been a long, cold winter.  I guess I'm ready.  You? 

THANK YOU, CITIZENS OF PIKE COUNTY!!!!

The SPLOST passed by a large margin in our county this last Tuesday!  It passed because citizens like you took the time to research the issues, talk to your elected representatives, look past the negative advertising and, most importantly, you took the time to VOTE!  I am so proud of our county!  I admit that after all the negative talk, personal attacks and money spent to stop the SPLOST, I was very surprised to see the victory.  A special thanks goes to Joy Walker and Doug Rounds, who spearheaded the effort to make the vote successful.  They endured some petty, mudslinging attacks in the paper and also anonymous phone calls (perhaps even stalking).  They persevered and did the right thing with an upright, honest, open effort and our county will be the better for it.   Like my father would say, "You did a good thing, here, today!"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Big Storms on the Way!

Is there a perfect weather pattern? Farmers need rain, at the right time. Builders don't like rain.  How about just us homeowners? I like rain once a week- maybe and inch at a time.  The plants and grass get watered.  As long as I am dreaming, how about we have that rain from 9pm to 4am- once a week?  A nice drizzle, a soft mist, gentle wetting of the green around the house.  I think, if that were the case, we would be bored out of our minds!  Like the Children Of Israel, we would be complaining about perfect before too long!   Nah, better we just keep it like it is and let God send us what we need- rather than us giving advice about what we want.  The perfect weather pattern is the one we have, I guess....

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Forsythia and Daffodils...

Yellow and white seem to be the colors of early Spring.   Forsythia are really neat shrubs.  Literally, I cut off a branch and stuck it in the ground, last Fall.  I have a flowering twig there now!  It may take a few years- I have time- it will be a huge bush and full of color this time of year...

I've been doing research on this piece of land, spurred on by the Daffodils that come up in the pasture, by an old well.  Shackelfords were here in the late 1700's- one of them has a paper that shows how wood was cut for building houses.  Riley says the original home place is farther east form me (half mile or so), so that means my little patch must be an outlying farm or tenant house.  Interesting thinking about it....