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Bleckley 911 Center now set up in mobile command.

Since lightning struck the building Thursday night, the Bleckley 911 center has operated out of the Cochran Fire Department.  Early Monday afternoon, they moved in to a Georgia Emergency Management Agency mobile command (RV.)  Dispatch Supervisor Rebecca Reid said in a text message all administration and 911 lines are up and running.

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Cochran church holding fifth Sunday night sing.

Limestone Baptist Church located at 874 Hwy 257 will hold a fifth Sunday night sing featuring Darrell and Dawn Ritchie from Lawrenceville July 31 at 6 pm.  A love offering will be taken and refreshments will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Georgia DOT suspending lane closures for sales tax holiday weekend.

People out and about shopping for tax free clothing and school supplies next weekend will get a helping hand from the Georgia Department of Transportation. They announced today that all construction lane closures within five miles of a shopping mall or major shopping district would be suspended from July 30 at 10 to July 31 at 10 pm. You can find a list of tax free items by clicking the link.  

The DOT reminds everyone to exercise caution due to increased traffic and says crews may still be working in close proximity to some highways. They also remind everyone that safety concerns may force some long-term lane closures and incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could take place.

Cochran Police holding National Night Out street party August 2.

The Cochran Police Department will be a part of this year's National Night Out August 2.  National Night Out is designed to promote police-community relations.  A street party is planned for 6-9 pm that evening on the lawn, 102 N. Second St.  According to a promotional release, the event will feature activities including slides, bounce house, rock wall, corn hole, and a dunking booth.  There will also be food such as pizza, cotton candy, and popcorn.  The Cochran Fire Department will be in attendance handing out smoke detectors.

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Good preseason for BCHS softball continues.

The Lady Royals had an early morning Wednesday, traveling to Ellaville for a pair of scrimmage games versus Schley County starting at 10 am.  Bleckley won both, 8-2 and 8-3.  They will play scrimmage games at home versus Telfair County at Hawkinsville July 26 starting at 4 pm.


Proposed Bleckley Virtual School tabled.

According to the minutes from Tuesday's monthly Board of Education meeting, the minimum number of registration forms for a proposed virtual/online school hadn't been received. Superintendent Steve Smith said the project would be tabled until next spring.

A perfect ending to the Paw Print Classic for BCHS.

A perfect ending to the Paw Print Classic for BCHS.

Bleckley softball wrapped up Paw Print Classic play with three more wins Tuesday.  They defeated former region foe Monticello 6-5, shut out Jackson High School 6-0 and closed out the day 14-2 over Starr's Mill.

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