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Agronomist: Hold off on peanut planting; soil temperatures not stable

Agronomist: Hold off on peanut planting; soil temperatures not stable

Peanut planters are cautioned not to plant too early this year.

According to the UGA extension's blog, UGA Agronomist Dr. Scott Tubbs says growers should be careful due to "strong possibilities for a cold front to drop soil temperatures rapidly."

Related: Peanut farm goes Sriracha

Tubbs urges growers to exercise patience, despite the few days with temperatures in the 80s.

Read the full blog post for detailed peanut-growing advice.

Related: Georgia Peanut Commission's 2014 Peanut Outlook

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Mercer Football hosting summer camps for youth

Mercer Football hosting summer camps for youth

Mercer Football hosts summer camp sessions for youth, middle school and high school.

Check details and other sports summer camp session availability.

Brown’s Farm chosen as Conservationists of the Year

Brown’s Farm chosen as Conservationists of the Year

Brown’s Farm at Chauncey, Inc. has been named Dodge County’s Conservationist of the Year by the Central Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District. The award was presented at the district’s annual program for their achievements in soil and water conservation.

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Bleckley Relay for Life May 2

Bleckley Relay for Life May 2

Bleckley Relay for Life will be May 2 at NeSmith Stadium (Middle Georgia State College Soccer Field) starting at 7 pm.  The stadium is located just off US 23 near the bypass.  

The theme for this year's relay is "Carnival for a Cure." There will be food, games, and local entertainment.  

Money raised will benefit people in Bleckley County battling cancer and their families.

For more information, contact  relay chair Linda Warren, 478-298-2252.

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Big inning lifts Bleckley to blowout at Northeast

Big inning lifts Bleckley to blowout at Northeast

BCHS scored 15 runs in the third inning Wednesday to win at Northeast 19-0.  The Royals took advantage of 10 walks by Raider pitching.  Cal Young allowed one hit in three innings for the pitching win.  Landon Anderson went 2 for 2 with a double.  Ty Edge was 1 for 2 with an RBI double.  Caleb Slaughter was 1 for 2 with a two-run single.  Bryant Trice and Austin Williams were 1 for 2 with 1 RBI.


Bleckley closes out the regular season at home Friday with a doubleheader versus West Laurens.  Game times are 4 and 7 p.m.  

Dodge chief deputy reassigned after argument


Dodge County's sheriff says he's temporarily reassigned his chief deputy after a public argument with a friend.

Sheriff Lynn Sheffield said Donald Helms has been shifted off the road to duty at the jail.

He said he's told Helms what steps he needs to take to be "fully reinstated."

He would not go into details, but said, "He's got some hoops to go through."

Sheffield said the argument happened last month while Helms and a group of friends camped and cooked out at a mud-bogging event.

The sheriff said he was not clear on details, because no incident report was ever filed.

He said the argument may have escalated to a physical fight, but no one was injured.

Helms' friend declined to press charges and agrees with the discipline against the chief deputy, Sheffield said.

BCHS clinches second straight region baseball title

BCHS clinches second straight region baseball title

A pair of four-run innings blew open what was a close game as BCHS clinched their second straight 4-AA title with a 14-4 win at Lamar County Tuesday.  The Trojans had given Bleckley their only region defeat this season.  Austin Williams struck out ten including striking out the side to end the game.

In postgame remarks to the team, head coach Brad Davis encouraged the team to enjoy the moment and be happy about winning on the ride home.  But he also wanted them to remember how they felt last year after losing at home to Fitzgerald in round one of the playoffs because he didn't want to feel that way again.