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Cochran Walmart donates to Middle Georgia State College Food Pantry.

Cochran Walmart donates to Middle Georgia State College Food Pantry.

Cochran Walmart recently donated $250 of food to the Middle Georgia State College SHARE Food Pantry (SHARE stands for Serving Helping and Respecting Everyone.)  A relase states the pantry is being created created to help feed “food insecure” students, faculty and staff.  “Food insecure” means someone who lacks reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, and a few individuals at the college are in that situation.  Plans are underway to establish food pantries at all five MGA campuses.

Cochran Walmart attracts new shoppers amongst pre Black Friday crowd.

Cochran Walmart attracts new shoppers amongst pre Black Friday crowd.

Many people hit the stores Thursday night in search of deals for their Christmas shopping needs.  Cochran Walmart, in its first year open, provided a place where many came to snag clothes, electronics, and other gifts on sale.

Some of the shoppers were first-timers.  That included Wendi Allen.  She said the only reason she was shopping was because there was a Walmart in Cochran.  Also making their debut were Stephen and Jeanne White.  Though they stood in line for two hours two different times to purchase TV's, Stephen said they were glad to shop locally and keep the tax dollars in Cochran.  Jeanne praised how well it was organized, having a police presence, as well as how friendly everyone had been.  She added that people would leave line to get bottled water or candy and be allowed to return.

McDonald's coffee to hit supermarkets

McDonald's coffee to hit supermarkets

(USA TODAY)Not too many years ago, this would have been unthinkable:  buying a bag of McDonald’s-branded coffee at the grocery store.

A moving wall: Traveling Vietnam wall in Dublin through Sunday

A moving wall: Traveling Vietnam wall in Dublin through Sunday

The names are all different, but their mission was the same.

Local groups presented with grants at Walmart event

Local groups presented with grants at Walmart event

Cochran's Walmart held an associate appreciation event Monday evening.  Store associates brought their families in for a tour of the store.  There was a DJ and food.  During the presentation, several local groups were presented with grants as part of Walmart's community outreach.  

They included: Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce, Cochan Masonic Lodge #217, Boy Scout Troop 53, Princesses with a Purpose, Cochran-Bleckley Communities in Schools/Family Connection Inc, Cochran Police Department, Bleckley Sheriff's Office, and the Cochran-Bleckley Fire Department.

Walmart opens for business August 13.  The ribbon cutting is at 7:30 a.m.

Local groups to benefit from opening of Cochran Walmart

Local groups to benefit from opening of Cochran Walmart

People in Cochran will be able to enjoy the convenience of Walmart begining August 13.  That's when the new store, located at 366 Highway 26 will open.  A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 7:30 a.m. with the store opening to follow.  Regular hours will be 6 a.m.-midnight seven days a week.

As part of the grand opening, Walmart will be giving $8,000 in grants to local groups.  Those groups are: Boy Scouts of America, Bleckley County Sheriff’s Office, Cochran Police Department, Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce, Communities in Schools of Cochran/Bleckley Co. & Family Connection Community Partnership Inc., Pilot Club of Cochran, Princesses with a Purpose Inc. and St. Michael Commandery #43. 

A news release states that the store will hold "A Big Family Welcome" August 16 from noon-3 pm at the store. Customers can meet store manager Archie Swain and enjoy fun, games, as well as free food samples while supplies last.

Leadership Dodge tours Dodge County Hospital

Leadership Dodge tours Dodge County Hospital

In June, the 2014 Leadership Dodge class attended a session on local healthcare.  Ken Rogers of Eastman Drugs discussed how communities benefit from having both smaller-scale local independent pharmacies and larger commercial pharmacies.

The next speaker, Melissa Brantley from the Health Department District Office, spoke on the numerous programs that they provide to the local community.

The group then traveled to Dodge County Physical Therapy and the Dodge County Hospital where they toured both facilities. The Dodge County Hospital provided lunch and spoke to the group about how they operate and how health care finances have changed in the last few years.

During the June session, the class learned that Dodge County has a strong healthcare system, thanks to many dedicated groups and organizations. The next Leadership Dodge session is Agriculture Day in August.