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BCHS Royal Singers finish second in national competition

After winning the past two Southern Stars Music Festival competitions, the BCHS Royal Singers decided to try something new. 

The show choir left April 27 for OrlandoFest held in Orlando, Florida.  Competition was April 28. 

Their competition selections included Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" and "I Had The Time Of My Life" from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack.  Bleckley got a "Superior" rating with a silver award, finishing second out of six schools from across the nation.

Bleckley Summer Theater Camp presents "Annie jr" June 13-24.

Bleckley Summer Theatre Camp presents "Annie jr" June 13-24. 

The camp is for students upcoming pre-k through upcoming third grade. 

It will be held at the Cochran City Auditorium on the corner of Second and Dykes Street. 

Camp will run 9 am to 3 pm June 13 and noon to 3 pm June 14-24. 

Community performances will be at the auditorium June 24 and 25. 

Cost is $125, $150 with costume. 

A $25 late fee will be assesed if not paid by June 7, the registration due date. 

For more information contact Mi Waters at (478)230-8809 or Kelli Greer at (478)972-2023.

Gov. Launches Design Contest for New Car Tags


Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that the Department of Revenue will host a contest to design for a new Georgia license plate.

The design contest will begin on Monday, May 23. The deadline is Friday, June 17. 

Individuals are asked to submit original artwork. Any Georgian citizen or business authorized to do business in the state of Georgia is welcome to enter the contest.

The public will be given a chance to choose three semi-finalists through an online vote from June 24-July 8. After the online voting, the three semi-finalists will be presented to Gov. Deal.

He will then announce the winning design on July 15.

See the rules, guidelines, design template and an entry-waiver form for the contest.



Contest submissions may be sent to:


State Art Council Moves to Georgia Department of Economic Development

Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation May 12 that officially moves Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) under the operational umbrella of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) beginning July 1, 2011, the start of the state’s fiscal year. House Bill 264, which contained specific language regarding the transfer, was passed virtually unanimously by the House and Senate during the 2011 legislative session.

That's according to a Governor's Office news release.

One man with many voices to raise funds for ABC Women's Clinic.

One man with many voices to raise funds for ABC Women's Clinic.

BJ Thomas was at the Cochran City Auditorium Friday night.  So was Lionel Richie, Garth Brooks, and even Kenny Rogers.   Well, not exactly.  Michael Kelly did use those voices and many more in a benefit for the ABC Women's Clinic.  Kelly is a vocal impressionist and will perform songs in the voice of the original artist.  He used those many voices in a benefit for the ABC Women's Clinic mobile unit.  The mobile unit is an RV that travels to Cochran  and  provides free Christian-based pregnancy services to women including  pregnancy tests, sonograms, and counseling.

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