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Ga. Could Get Race to the Top Money By December

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia hopes to start getting federal "Race to the Top" money by mid-December.

State education official Erin Hames told the Georgia school board on Wednesday that the 26 school districts that joined the state's application for the federal funding are working on plans that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education this month. Once those are approved, Hames said roughly $400 million will start flowing to the state.

Georgia was one of 13 states to win money in the federal grant competition this year.

The state has 180 school districts, but the two dozen that signed on to the application represent more than 40 percent of students in the state.

The grants aim to encourage states to take up innovative education reform to help raise student achievement and improve graduation rates.

Four Central Georgia school districts joined the application:  Bibb, Jones, Peach and Pulaski.

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Bleckley County Veterans Day Celebration

The Veterans Day Celebration at the Bleckley County Courthouse is scheduled for 11 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn.

The program will include A Soldier's Testimony by Army Sgt. Randy Brown and guest speaker Col. Chris Lauritzen from Robins Air Force Base.

For more information, contact the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce at 478- 934-2965.

 

Hawkinsville Veterans Day Prayer Service

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will hold a 30-minute prayer service in honor of Veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located at 138 South Dooley St. Hawkinsville, Ga. For more information, call 478-892-9373.

Cochran Bleckley Arts Alliance Board Announces November Events

Nov. 8-14, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Friday 9 a.m.-Noon, Brandon Tatom, “The Perspective” MCG’s Peacock Gallery. Free.

Nov 11, Thursday, 7 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Encore production, High School, cost 5$-adults, Children 4 & up 3$.

7:30 Wednesday-Friday Nov. 10-12 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Russell Hall Theatre,  the Musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," by Feldman, Finn and Sheinkin. $5.00-general, $3.00-Seniors.

Nov.10th, 6 p.m. showing Chris Rock's doc. "Good Hair"  MGC's Walker Auditorium, Free, everyone invited.

Nov. 16 Comedian Roy Wood Jr will be performing in MGC’s Walker Hall Auditorium, 8PM.  

Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Gallery Talk, Brandon Tatom, “The Perspective” MCG’s Peacock Gallery. Free.

Dec 2. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Walker Hall Theatre, Winter Concert, Dr. Chuck Quinn, Mr. Miguel Castro conductors. Free.

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Bleckley County High School Cheerleaders Win Region Title

The Bleckley County High School Competition Cheerleading squad won the Region 3-AA Cheerleading Championship Saturday at West Laurens High School.  It's the 12th region title for Bleckley.  They advance to the state cheerleading finals on Nov. 13 in Columbus at the Civic Center. Finals begin at 2 p.m.

Church Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner

Cochran First United Methodist Church is having its first annual community wide Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. 

For more information, call (478)230-5627 or the church office at (478)934-6942.

Community Performances of BCHS region-winning One Act Play.

Bleckley County High School (BCHS) won its seventh consecutive region one-act play championship this past Tuesday at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, Ga.  The AA State One Act Play Championships will be held on Nov. 13 at Warner Robins High School.  BCHS performs at 10 a.m.

The BCHS Drama Department will have two additonal community performances of its One Act Play production "Beauty and the Beast."  Showtimes are Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the BCHS auditorium.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students.