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New management, same great sounds at Bleckley County Jamboree

New management, same great sounds at Bleckley County Jamboree

The Bleckley County Jamboree was started by Josh Lucas in 2010.

For the past six years, people from Cochran and surrounding counties have come to the Oak Grove Community Center on Georgia 126 each Friday night to hear classic country and gospel music.

It's now being managed by Sonny and Jewell Hinson. Sonny said Lucas had to give it up about a year ago because of health issues but he will occassionally come by and visit. The Hinsons are keeping the Jamboree going each Friday night with music from the Faulk and Foskey famlies. Singing begins at 7 pm.

Concessions are available, donations welcomed.  For more information, contact Sonny Hinson, 478-308-4559.

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Spots remain for 2015-16 Bleckley Pre-K

Bleckley Pre-K announced this week a few spots remain for the 2015-16 school year. Those spots will be filled on a first come, first serve, basis.

If you would like your child to attend, call the Pre-K office at 478-934-9094, or stop by the office located at 242 E. Dykes Street.  Once the spots are filled, enrollees will be placed on a waiting list.

The following documentation is required for registration: birth certificate; Social Security card; proof of residence (power/utility bill, property tax receipt, car tag receipt); verification of Medicaid, Food Stamps, SSI (if applicable); current immunization record (form 3231); and vision, hearing, dental and nutrition screening (form 3300).  

Bleckley 4H Shotgun Team finishes second in the nation

Bleckley 4H Shotgun Team finishes second in the nation

The Bleckley 4H Senior Shotgun team finished second in the nation at the National 4H Shooting Sports Competition held last week in Grand Island, Nebraska. Their success came off finishing third as a team in clay shooting, fourth in skeet shooting, seventh in trap shooting.

Individually, Wesley Hobbs finished eighth, Will Fordham was ninth. The team finished second amongst 28 teams. They were coached by Todd Kirkpatrick.

Middle Georgia State becomes a University

Wednesday, Middle Georgia State officially became Middle Georgia State University.

The move was approved during a March 18 Board of Regents meeting. While there will be receptions held on all five campuses the week of July 6, most of the celebrations are set for fall when more new and returning students will be on campus.

A news release stated that some of the firsts will include Middle Georgia State's first Homecoming celebration and first freshmen convocation.

To read more, click here.

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Communities in Schools/Walmart collecting school supplies for Bleckley students

Communities in Schools/Family Connection of Cochran-Bleckley County and Walmart of Cochran are collecting school supplies for Bleckley students. Throughout July, a donation bucket will be at the storefront where donations of school supplies can be dropped off.

Those supplies will be collected weekly by employees and distributed to schools before the first day of school on August 6. Please contact Regina Smith, 478-934-4300, for more information.

Fall Ball registration at CBRD extended to July 8.

Due to the Cochran Bleckley Recretion Department being closed this week because of the July 4 holiday, the decision was made to extened registration for fall baseball and softball to July 8.  Cost is $45 per child.  All signups ages 7-12 will get to attend a free baseball or softball camp hosted by Middle Georgia State College.

Georgia Supreme Court names Boone Gordon city attorney


Georgia's Supreme Court says the mayor of Gordon had no right to hire a new city attorney, after some city council members tried to fire the previous one.

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This was the second time this month the court ruled on Gordon politics and Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue.

Today's ruling says last year's vote to fire City Attorney Joseph Boone, who held the job for 35 years, was invalid.

The state court says Whipple Lue could not take part in that vote.

So the next vote, to hire Ronny Jones as interim attorney, was also not legal, the board said.