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Jazz event at Cochran-Bleckley Arts Alliance tonight.

The Cochran-Bleckley Arts Alliance and Middle Georgia State University will host a Jazz music event tonight at the Arts Alliance Building, 113 E. Dykes St.  Doors open at 7:30 pm, music starts at 8.  Admission free, coffee bar available.  Park behind Chamber of Commerce on Third St.

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White resigns, new assistant principal hired at called BOE meeting.

Tracy White, who remained a teacher in the Bleckley school system after agreeing to step down as BCHS head football coach, and is currently the high school girls and boys golf coach, is resigning.  The Board of Education accepted his resignation as one of several personnel moves acted on at a called meeting Tuesday night.  According to board minutes, White will resign at the end of the school year.  He had transfered to Bleckley Elementary last month.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board hired hired Matthew Godwin for the FY18 (2017-18) school year to be assistant principal/CATE  Director at BCHS.  He'll take over for Matt Gibbs.  Gibbs will move up to be principal of Bleckley County High School next year because of Trey Belflower's new title, DIrector of Operations, for the school system.

Bleckley Fire Department Community Cookout April 29.

The Bleckley County Fire Department will hold a community cookout at all station loctions (Limestone, Airport, Salem, Cary, Porter) Saturday from 11 am-2 pm.  Free hot dogs and chips will be given away and trucks will be on display for children.  For more information contact Fire Chief Matt Kelly  (478)304-2313, Training Officer Scott Jackson (478)609-1780, or Operations Officer Lynn Hancock (478)308-1445.

BCHS track athlete signs with Columbus State.

BCHS track athlete signs with Columbus State.

Will Simmons signed with Columbus State in a ceremony held in the BCHS Media Center Monday.  Simmons, a member of the track team, broke the 25-year old school record in pole vault, clearing 14'8" last week at the Region 3-AA meet hosted by East Laurens.  He's a two-time region champion in pole vault, as well as region runner up his sophomore year.  Simmons was state runner up in pole vault last year.

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Info meeting for Bleckley Summer Meals program May 2.

The Bleckley County Schools Seamless Summer Nutrition Program will begin May 30.  It's purpose is to offer free meals to children during the summer and will serve breakfast, lunch (and in a few locations) an evening meal will be served at county and community locations, as well as schools and churches.  The program will run through July 20, except for the week of July 3-7.

Those wishing to have the Seamless Summer Nutrition Program provide meals for their program, activiity, Vacation Bible School, etc., can call Kelli Green, (478)934-2821, or April Newby, (478)934-9094 for more information.  A release states all meal sites must have advanced USDA approval.

Spring sports update on BCHS track, tennis, soccer, and golf.

The Bleckely boys track team won the 3-AA title Thursday at East Laurens.  The girls finished fourth.  You can see all the athletes who qualified for sectionals by clicking here.  Both the boys and girls tennis teams will play in the elite eight this week.  Each defeated Coosa 5-0 Friday.  Updates will be posted on Bleckley Progress as well as on Twitter.

Girls soccer finished region runner up, the best finish since soccer began at Bleckley County High School in 2009.. They will host Berrien in a first round game Tuesday at 6 pm.  The boys and girls golf teams will travel to Augusta for area competition Tuesday.

Pair of good pitching performances helps BCHS sweep Swainsboro.

Pair of good pitching performances helps BCHS sweep Swainsboro.

Bleckley closed out their regular season Friday at Swainsboro with a doubleheader.  Game one saw many reserves play.  The Royals capitalized on eight Tiger walks and four hit batters to score nine runs in winning 9-1.  Trip Purser went seven innings, giving up three hits, two walks, striking out six.  Lane Kitchens went 2 for 6.  Spencer Brown was 1 for 2.

Starters played game two.  Shayne Cannon was masterful, allowing just two hits and striking out 14 as BCHS won 7-0.  Sam Knighton was 2 for 4 with a two-run single.  Kitchens was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.  Carter Raffield and Jack Fernandez each went 2 for 4.  

The Royals will host 1-AA fourth seed in round one of the state baseball playoffs April 28.  Game one starts at 4 pm with game two to follow 30 minutes later.  The *if* game would be April 29 at 6 pm.