The Pike County Bicentennial Commission held the second of many activities to come over the next 16 months with a Sept. 11 tree planting on the northwest lawn of the courthouse in Bowling Green. Pike County Commissioners Bill Allen, left, Justin Sheppard and Chris Gamm participated in the ceremony.

Looking on were other Pike County officeholders and bicentennial commission members. The commission bought the prairie fire flowering crabapple tree from Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards of Louisiana, which provided a crew to help with the planting. The bicentennial kicked off last month with the unveiling of an official logo. Events for all ages are planned through December 2018.

Pike County was organized on Dec. 14, 1818, and is named for explorer Zebulon Pike.