News stories published in The Messenger’s Online Edition from November 16 through November 30, 1999, included:

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

November 16, 1999

Downtown Redevelopment

Authority assists businesses

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When a business wants to come to Troy, there are several government-sponsored incentives to help with its development.

TBOE makes policy changes

The Troy City Board of Education rescinded three of its policies and approved two new ones at its meeting Monday.

Self defense cited in Nov. 1 homicide

BRUNDIDGE – The November 1 death of Connio Fraizer, 49, of Galloway Road, Brundidge, has been ruled a homicide, but police don’t plan on seeking a conviction against the suspect, who, eye witnesses say, acted in self defense.

Library’s book week to feature community leaders

Children learn what is important in life from what they see that adults deem is important.

November 17, 1999

Brundidge PD nabs suspected burglar

A quick response to a burglary in progress led Brundidge police to an arrest Sunday night at a beauty salon.

Ramer man killed in accident

A Ramer man was killed Tuesday night when the tractor trailer truck he had been driving rolled over him.

Fire wrecks Troy photography studio

A Tuesday morning fire did extensive damage to a Troy business, but no one was hurt in the blaze.

Bells are ringing for those in need

The first bells of Christmas aren’t silver sleigh bells or choir bells. They are the bells of the Salvation Army reminding shoppers that it is, once again, time to remember those less fortunate.

Residents prepare for Thanksgiving celebration

It’s the time of year when holiday hopes are high and everyone seems to be able to find a reason to be thankful for something.

United Way nears goal of $130,000

As the Pike County United Way heads into its final phases of fundraising for the year 2000, the committee is optimistic that it will reach its lofty goal of $130,000.

November 18, 1999

Council changes personnel policy for BPD

BRUNDIDGE – Brundidge City Council voted unanimously to revise the city’s personnel policy regarding the probationary period for police officers at its meeting here Tuesday.

Brundidge ‘opens’ up for holiday season

The town of Brundidge is sending an open invitation to "come back to the way it used to be" as city officials and merchants host a city-wide open house from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday.

Community gives thanks at service on Nov. 21

Everyone in Pike County is invited to attend "A Service of Thanksgiving" Nov. 21 as part of the city of Troy’s Year 2000 Millennium Celebration.

Troy Rotarians invite everyone

to First Annual Rotary Ball

Troy Rotarians are busy selling tickets and making plans for their First Annual Rotary Ball Dec. 4.

Get up to ‘snuff’ with annual

Great American Smokeout

Today is the day to snuff those butts!

November 19, 1999

Officials pinpoint source of fire

Troy Fire Department officials are not sure what caused a Tuesday fire that gutted Townhouse Photography, but are sure the flames started in a storage room ventilation fan.

Washington grandmother pedals bike 4,500 miles

The highways of this country are also the byways of life for many.

Locals score big for charity

The 1999 Relay for Life team is Pike County proud and for good reason.

Ragan Tire is collection point for Christmas toys

For children, Santa Claus is a big part of Christmas. Santa brings toys for good boys and girls and puts them under the Christmas tree while the children sleep. But, sometimes Santa’s visit never comes, even for good children and they wake up to a sad and disappointing Christmas.

November 20, 1999

Troy State reaches students in Hong Kong

Troy State University System’s first program for civilians abroad reached a milestone this month as the first graduates of TSU-Hong Kong received their diplomas.

November 21, 1999

Brundidge Rotarians win Governor’s Award

For 10 years, members of the Brundidge Rotary Club have been committed to a cleaner, better community.

Franchise tax dollars affect Pike Co.

Pike County would see a reduction in more than 40 slots for working mothers who have children in subsidized child care programs as a result of the loss of state funds from the franchise tax.

Head Starters get dose of Spanish

Some Troy children are getting a head start on foreign language skills by learning Spanish as part of their prekindergarten curriculum.

November 23, 1999

Health Care Authority finances Pike Manor

Although the Health Care Authority of the City of Troy owns Pike Manor Health Care Center, the board has no responsibility for the nursing home’s day-to-day operations.

Commission gridlocked over vacant position

Advertising for the position of an emergency management director will be scratched from the Pike County Commission agenda after a motion failed with a tie vote by the commissioners.

Troy Police Dept. investigates three Saturday robberies

Troy Police are investigating three robberies that occurred Saturday between 2 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Police warn to be careful during shopping season

With the biggest shopping day of the year coming up on Friday, the holiday season will be in full swing. And law-abiding citizens are not the only ones who will head to area shopping centers. Criminals will be there, too.

November 24, 1999

‘Lights of Love’ campaign begins at Edge Regional

Christmas is all about love.

Police plan to step up holiday patrols

With additional traffic expected over the Thanksgiving holiday, area law enforcement officers are asking all motorists to ensure safe travel by buckling up, obeying all traffic laws and not drinking and driving.

Suspects nabbed after auto chase

Two men are in the Pike County Jail after a three-hour manhunt by local authorities.

November 25, 1999

Troy Senior Complex feels pains of growth

The Colley Senior Complex is on a roll and, hopefully, it will keep on a-rolling along.

Tickets available for Troy Rotary Ball

Although members of the Troy Rotary Club have declared tickets sales for their First Annual Rotary Ball a success, tickets are still available for the Dec. 4 gala, said President Chris Schubert.

Holidays have new ‘sound’ at Troy State

Sometimes something happens that’s just too good to miss. That something will happen Thursday, Dec. 2 on the campus of Troy State University.

TES students learn about recycling

Troy Elementary School students exercised their creativity while learning about the importance of recycling their trash this week.

November 29, 1999

Students complete downtown mural,

raise funds for art trip

The students in Pam Smith’s advanced art classes at Charles Henderson High School are painting the town, literally.

TSU to particpate in city’s Christmas Parade

Troy State University student organizations will start a new tradition Monday by participating in the city of Troy’s annual Christmas Parade.

When Santa says no, ask grandfather

Christmas doesn’t always come in the bag of jolly ol’ St. Nick. Sometimes it comes roaring down the road behind a Chevy truck, swaying from one side of the dusty road to the other.

November 29, 1999

Troy State reaches students in Hong Kong

Troy State University System’s first program for civilians abroad reached a milestone this month as the first graduates of TSU-Hong Kong received their diplomas.

School board nears decision on CHMS principal

Troy City School System officials hope to name a new principal for Charles Henderson Middle School Wednesday.

Local high school students tap into ‘gold’ minds

A score of years ago in the hills of north Georgia, a high school teacher, Eliot Wigginton, gathered his students and took them off the beaten path and back to the way it used to be.