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BCHS Drama Department to Present Broadway-themed Show

The Bleckley County High School Drama Department will present "Broadway Bests" on January 10 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. 

It will feature music from shows such as Cats, Wicked and All That Jazz. 

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students.  Proceeds from the show will go toward equipment purchases for the drama department.

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Bleckley Boys Suffer First Loss

Bleckley Boys Suffer First Loss

Bleckley's boys had just ten points at halftime and a season-low 16 as they lost to Washington County 63-16 Wednesday in the State Bank and Trust Holiday Classic. 

The Royals play for third place Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Jones County High School.

Cochran Man In Serious Condition After Curtains Catch Fire

A man suffered severe burns and was airlifted to the Augusta Burn Center Wednesday morning after a space heater set curtains on fire at his Cochran home.

Cochran-Bleckley County Fire Chief Glenn Lord says curtains caught on fire around 4:30 a.m. at Marshall Johnson's home. That's at 1073 Highway 87 North.

Lord says the curtains fell on a space heater in Johnson's daughter's room, and he ran in to grab them and try to throw them in the bathtub. He said there was little damage to the home, other than the curtains.

He says Johnson was burned on most of his body from the chest down, and had to be airlifted to the Augusta Burn Center.

Olena Scarboro, spokeswoman for the burn center, says Johnson is in serious condition.

Hawkinsville Fire Victims Spend Holiday with Family

The two teenagers airlifted to Augusta Burn Center after a house fire in Hawkinsville earlier this month are doing well.

That's according to their mother, Lori Howard.

Howard says 16-year-old Doug Howard and his younger sister, Kimberly, are now being treated at Shriners Hospital for Children in Ohio.

She says friends and family visited the teens over the holiday.

She's expecting her son, Doug, to return home in about two weeks, but there's no word, so far, on when Kimberly will be released from the hospital.

The kids are both being treated for third-degree burns.

Hawkinsville High School is organizing a school drive to help the family out. The school is collecting furnishings, food, clothing, bedding, household goods, and anything a family would need to start over.

For more information on how you can help or to donate, you can contact the school at 478-783-7210.

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Bleckley Boys Survive Scare to Advance in Jones Christmas Tourney

Bleckley Boys Survive Scare to Advance in Jones Christmas Tourney

Though up 30-10 at the half, the Bleckley boys allowed Putnam County to draw within 36-34 with two minutes left in Tuesday's opening game of the State Bank and Trust Holiday Classic.  Brentine Taylor's three-point play broke Putnam's momentum, and Vidal Nelson hit two free throws late to help preserve a 41-40 win.  Taylor had 10 points.  Marcus Mack led with 12.  Nelson had seven points and 10 rebounds.

BCHS plays Washingon County Wednesday at Jones County High School.  Tip time is 5:30 p.m.

Local Football Team Works with Salvation Army

The Middle Georgia Pitbulls, a Bleckley-based semipro football team, recently completed charity work with the Middle Georgia Salvation Army.  According to a statement released by the team, they were part of the Salvation Army's "Adopt-A-Family" program.  

The statement said they collected over $645 dollars along with toys, clothes and food which were given to families in need.  

Hawkinsville Writer Profiles Pulaski People, History

Central Georgia writer and journalist Sam Crenshaw says for him, writing is all about sharing memories. He puts Pulaski County's stories to paper each week to preserve its history.

Crenshaw, who was born in Hawkinsville in 1938 and raised there, began writing a weekly column for the town's Hawkinsville Dispatch and News nearly ten years ago. He writes about everything from well-known Pulaski people to the muddy Ocmulgee River.

"Not everybody can say that their town grew up literally around the river, our town did," Crenshaw said.

He says one of his favorite assignments is writing about people in his feature column "Pulaski profiles."

"It's almost like taking a history course on our community," Crenshaw said. 

Crenshaw transformed his passion for writing from a hobby into a job after he retired from a career as a salesman.