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Woman injured when car hits pole on Hywy. 26 in Cochran


A woman was sent to the hospital this morning after the car she was driving hit a utility pole on Highway 26 in Cochran.

Investigators say the accident happened at about 10 a.m. when the driver lost control of her car, which then struck a utility pole.

Investigators say the driver may have been driving too fast for the weather and road conditions.

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Bleckley swept in Saturday Bear Brawl games.

Bleckley swept in Saturday Bear Brawl games.

An 18-1 second quarter run blew open Saturday's Bleckley boys game versus Westside at the Bear Brawl.  The Royals would not recover and lost 87-53.  Willie Taylor had 18.  Jeremy Marshall scored 14.

The Lady Royals had an early 7-0 lead in their semifinal game against Perry but it was 12-8 after one.  Despite scoring just four points in the second, Bleckley was within five at halftime.  But the Lady Panthers took control with a 9-2 third quarter run.  BCHS scored six points in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter and lost 51-36.

Jahnaria Brown had 12.  The boys play Monday at 1 pm with the girls playing at 5:30.

Girls rally as Bleckley splits Bear Brawl games.

Girls rally as Bleckley splits Bear Brawl games.

Alexis Ligon drained a jumper as time expired to send Friday's Bear Brawl game against Houston County to overtime.  In the first extra season, Bleckley was down six with a minute left.  Down 34-30 with 12 seconds left, Destiny Pallord scored.  A steal then an Aliyah Whitehead runner with three seconds left, and it was tied at 34.

Ligon scored her final points with 2:01 left to break at 37-37 tie.  The Lady Royals hung on to win 40-37.  Ligon had 13.  The Royals were without three players against Houston County later that evening.  They had just three first half baskets and lost 62-31.  Kevonn Farrow scored nine.

The girls play at 5:30 pm Saturday, the boys at 2:30 pm.

Annual race to benefit BCHS cross country, baseball programs.

Runnin' with the Royals will be January 24, 2015 at Bleckley County Middle School.  The annual race benefits the Bleckley County High School cross country and baseball teams.  A one mile fun run is set for 9 am with a 5K Run/Walk taking place at 9:30.  Cost includes long sleeve T-Shirt.  Trophies will be given to top male and female in all age groups.  Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for high school students and below.

Registration forms (available here) along with checks made payable to Runnin' Royals Cross Country Club, should be sent to Runnin' with the Royals, C/O Shelly Cranford, 206 Highway 257 East, Cochran, GA 31014.  Contact Cranford, 478-230-1006 (scranford@bleckley.k12.ga.us) or Brad Davis, 478-697-4044 (bdavis@bleckley.k12.ga.us) with any questions.

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Raffle for founding Bleckley EMA member battling cancer.

Allen Brantely is a lifelong resident of Bleckley County and founding member of the Cochran-Bleckley Emergency Management Agency.  An employee of ComSouth for over nine years, Brantely was recently diagnosed with pancreatobiliary carcinoma and has begun chemotherapy.  As a result, his work will be restricted.

The Cochran-Bleckley EMA is holding a benefit raffle with proceeds to go toward his medical expenses.  Winners can choose either a firearm from Southern Patriot Firearms (up to $400) or a $400 Visa prepaid gift card.  Tickets are $1 each.  You can also get six for $5 or 12 for $10.  Donation containers for those wishing to make donations are at various businesses in Cochran.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Scott Jackson, 478-609-1780.  The drawing will be Febuary 24.

Former Royal comes home to continue football career.

Former Royal comes home to continue football career.

Derrick Farrow, a star defensive back for Bleckley County High School, signed with East Central Community College in Mississippi in April of 2013.  He graduated this falll.  Wednesday morning, Farrow signed with Kennesaw State University to continue his football career.

Farrow signed in the counselor's office of BCHS.  He chose to do it at the high school because "It's home."   Farrow said it felt good to be able to continue playing after getting his degree.  A physical therapy major, he said he plans to "take it one step at a time, get my degree, and contiue to play the sport that I love." 

Girls win second as Bleckley, Macon County split games.

The Lady Royals made it two in a row with a 52-47 win at Macon County Tuesday night.  The Royals fell to 0-5 on the season, losing to the Bulldogs 60-44.  Both teams will be in action Friday at the Bear Brawl taking on host Houston County.  The girls play at 6 pm, the boys 9 pm.