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GDOT suspending lane closures for Christmas, New Year's travel.

To ease the stress of holiday travel, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced the suspension of construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes near major shopping areas and tourist locations from 5 am December 23 to 10 pm as well as 5 am on December 31 to 5 am on January 2.  A release states the restrictions are designed to reduce traffic congestion during both holiday travel periods.  As usual, the DOT reminds motorists to exercise caution as work zone crews may still be in close proximity to highways, and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place.  Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could be needed at any time on any route.

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Pilot Club keeps Christmas tradition going.

Pilot Club keeps Christmas tradition going.

While there were no opportunities to take photos with princesses or Santa, Pilot Club of Cochran kept another local Christmas tradition alive, holding their annual “Winter Wonderland Express” at Heartland EMS as a drive through event. Cars drove through an elaborate set of lights, music and colorful characters. They could listen to Christmas music in the car by tuning their radio to a certain station. Organizers said except for the first night when it rained, turnout had been great. Last night was the final time, it ran through the first three weekends of this month.

Two players of the year part of 12 all-region selections for football team.

BCHS had 12 players make this years 3-AA All Region team including the lineman and defensive player of the year.  Read more here.

Special recognition, other matters handled at Tuesday BOE meeting.

Special recognition, other matters handled at Tuesday BOE meeting.

In what was a fairly busy Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, there was several special awards handed out as well as some policy and personnel matters to deal with.  Read more here.

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BCHS basketball schedule revised again.

More changes to the BCHS basketball schedule including cancellation of the game at Turner County and an additional game at Westside. Click here to download the updated schedule. 

Boys win in split at Dodge County.

Fourth quarter struggles led to a 60-42 loss for the Lady Royals while the Royals got a late jumper from Amarion Blackshear, lifting them to their first win.  Read more here.

Two Royals sign Letters of Intent on Early Signing Day.

Two Royals sign Letters of Intent on Early Signing Day.

Bleckley County High School was part of Early Signing Day 2020 as two Royals football players signed their national letters of intent. Amarius Mims completed his commitment to UGA made in the fall in signing his LOI. Mims, ranked as the third best offensive tackle in the nation, only gave up two sacks in 224 passing attempts this season. He also accounted for 110 pancake blocks and helped the offense account for 4,000 total yards and a school record 34 points per game.

 

Quarterback Dominic Sasser signed with Carleton College. After breaking the school passing record in 2019 with 1575 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 11 games, Sasser broke his own record this year by throwing for 1801 yards, 20 TD’s and five games this season.