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Suspended Eastman officer indicted on drug charges


A Dodge County grand jury handed down a 52-count indictment against a suspended Eastman police officer Jason Park who was allegedly involved in illegal drug activities.

District Attorney Tim Vaughn said Tuesday the indictment involves Park's alleged involvement in the unlawful acquisition of controlled substances, violating his oath of office and using a police telephone while participating in the alleged criminal acts.

Vaughn said the investigation is on-going.


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Freeport Exemption Presentation to be held in Cochran City Auditorium.

The Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Authority will hold a Freeport Exemption Presentation in the city auditorium October 7 at 6 pm.  A relese states the presentation will explain what the Freeport Exemption is, how it affects Cochran and Bleckley County residents, and will review the three amendments on the November 4 ballot.  Contact the chamber, 478-934-2965, chamber@cochran-bleckleychamber.org, for more information.

Bleckley middle, high school, softball teams to host playoff games.

Both Bleckley County Middle School and Bleckley County High School will host region playoff softball games this week.  Tuesday, BCMS, the MGMSAA third seed, will host sixth seeded Toombs County.  Game time is 4:30 pm. Wednesday, BCHS will host Lamar County in a 4-AA semifinal.  It's a best of three series with two games scheduled. Start times are 4 and 6 pm.  The Lady Royals are top seed.

Royals make it two in a row with home win versus Berrien.

Royals make it two in a row with home win versus Berrien.

Anthony Wright rushed for a career best 198 yards, including 175 in the first half, and had three touchdowns as BCHS won their second straight 28-14 versus Berrien High School Friday night.  It was the first home game for Bleckley in a month.

Wright's outburst was part of a season best 323 yards on the ground.  Antavi Robertson rushed for 70 yards on five second half carries including a 64-yard touchdown run.  Berrien was held to 95 yards rushing.

Region play begins in two weeks when BC hosts Lamar County.  Kickoff is 7:30 pm.  It'll also be the annual "Pink Out" for breast cancer awareness.

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Sixth inning hits lift Lady Royals over Peach County.

Sixth inning hits lift Lady Royals over Peach County.

BCHS had blown a 4-0 lead versus Peach County when freshman Jordan Williams stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth.  There were two runners on, the team had already stranded nine.  Williams delievered an RBI single, breaking the 4-4 tie.  Aliyah Whitehead, also a freshman, followed with an RBI single.

Those two hits provided the margin of victory in a 6-4 win.  Whithead finished 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.  Chelsea Brady, who scored the go ahead run, was 3 for 4 with a two-run single.  Faith Harris was 2 for 4.  Bleckley will host Lamar County in a 4-AA semifinal October 1.  Game times are 4 and 6 pm.

Cochran church to hold four-player golf scramble.

Cornerstone Church of Cochran will hold a four-man golf scramble at the Woods Golf Course October 25.  Start time is 9:30 am.  Cost is $25 per player.  Lunch will be served and prizes will be awarded.  Contact Jack Wright, 478-231-0585 for more information.  Proceeds benefit the Cornerstone Church Building Fund.

Youth rally to be held at Hillside Family Campgrounds.

"Friday Night Light," a community youth rally, will be held October 3 at Hillside Family Campground, 592 Georgia 87 Business District, in Cochran.  Services last from 7-8:30 pm with a bonfire planned from 8:30-10.  Worship will be led by Cochran native Zack Phinazee and the Christ Chapel Warner Robins youth band.  The message will be brought by Jeremy Ikner, youth pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dublin.