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Longtime Bleckley teacher comes out of retirement to help friend battling cancer.

Longtime Bleckley teacher comes out of retirement to help friend battling cancer.

When school started this past Friday in Cochran, Elaine Bates was teaching at Bleckley County Middle School.  After being retired for two years, Bates didn't see herself there.  But in her words "God had a different plan."  That plan involved her returning to the classroom to help out her former student, coworker, and friend Jeannie Allen, who was diagnosed this summer with cancer.

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Cochran church helps out with back to school shopping.

Cochran church helps out with back to school shopping.

School in Bleckley County starts August 4.  Saturday, hundreds still needing school supplies came to First Baptist Church's Hangar for their fourth annual backpack and school supply giveaway.  Volunteers from the church armed with supply lists from all schools helped distribute backpacks, colored pencisl, and other things required for class. Over 300 items were given away

Cochran residents enjoy Blizzards for a good cause.

Cochran residents enjoy Blizzards for a good cause.

Cochran Dairy Queen participated in "Miracle Treat" Day held Thursday at locations nationwide.  The event raises money for the Children's Miracle Network.  One dollar from all Blizzards sold in Cochran will go to the Children's Hospital Navicent Health in Macon, the area Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Cochran Bleckley Cleanup Day May 20.

As part of The Great American Cleanup, the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce will sponsor "Cochran-Bleckley Cleanup Day" May 20 from 9 am-1 pm.  Meet behind the chamber on third street at 9 am, cleaning supplies provided.  Cleanup locations within the city and county, meet back at the chamber afterwards for lunch.  Free to participate but you must register for lunch.  You can do that by calling the chamber, (478)933-2904.

Community Day at the Fire Department.

Community Day at the Fire Department.

A community cookout was held Saturday at all Bleckley County Fire Department stations.  Families enjoyed hot dogs and chips, children got to see the trucks, spray water from the firehose, and see other firefighter equipment. Jeol Foskey, Captain of the Salem station, said the department was planning to do one big outreach event each quarter to promote community involvement.

Good turnout for Spring Buddy Ball.

Good turnout for Spring Buddy Ball.

The eighth annual Spring Buddy Ball game was held in a new location, fields at Middle Georgia State University in Cochran.  Buddies came from the Knights athletic department.  But it didn't seem to matter to about 80 special needs children who got their names announced just like baseball players did, and ran the bases, some with the help of their buddies.  After the medal presentation and group pictures, they enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs.

Fall Buddy Ball will be October 7 and returns to the Cochran Bleckley Rec. Department.

BCHS HOSA, Dairy Queen, teaming up to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis research.

Bleckley County High School HOSA and Cochran DQ Grill & Chill be raising money for the Cystic Fbrosis Foundation's Great Strides walk held in June April 15.  Ten percent of all restaurant sales that day will go toward Cystic Fibrosis research. The restaurant is located at 606 N Second St.