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Orlando shooting spurs people to help Red Cross.

Orlando shooting spurs people to help Red Cross.

The American Red Cross held a blood drive Monday in the main building of Bleckley 4-H.  With the tragedy in Orlando on the minds of many, it spurred some to action.  Organizers said several new faces came to donate.  One man came over from Eastman and specifically designated his donation to go to Orlando.  Another came from Kathleen.  He said he wanted to ensure his blood went to Orlando because he has the rare blood type O Negative.

To learn more about how you can help the Red Cross, visit redcross.org

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day.

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day.

Bleckley County held their annual Memorial Day program Monday morning on the courthouse square.  It featured a Memorial Roll Call by American Legion Post 107 members Charlie Tuck and Johnnie Barton.  A wreath was placed at the Eternal Flame memorial honoring those who served in both World War I and II.  Following a special message by Ruth Baptist Church Pastor Todd Bishop, the crowd stood solemnly as Taps was played.

Cochran Dairy Queen gets special help for Customer Appreciation Day.

Cochran Dairy Queen gets special help for Customer Appreciation Day.

Tuesday was Customer Appreciation Day at Dairy Queen.  People could come inside to get a free small cone.  The Cochran store got some extra help in making cones from Grason Anderson.  Grason, the son of Michael and Noel Anderson of Cochran, is the local "miracle child" meaning he benefits from the services of Children's Miracle Network.  Specifically, Children's Hospital Navicent Health in Macon.  Because of Dairy Queen being a longtime sponsor of Children's Miracle Network, Grason came to lend a hand as a service.  

Middle Georgia State students take the plunge for a good cause.

Middle Georgia State students take the plunge for a good cause.

They jumped, they dove, they were pushed.  Over 100 Middle Georgia State University students and a few administrators participated in the second annual "Polar Plunge" held at the University pool.  A fundraiser for the S.E.A.L. (Student Emergency Access to Learning) fund, teams collected sponsorship donations to take the plunge into the still cold water.

The S.E.A.L. fund provides emergency aid to students with unexpected expenses that could prevent them from remaining in school (IE: health, car trouble.)  Funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the Middle Georgia State Foundation.  Vice President for Student Affairs Jennifer Brannon said they expected to raise about $2,000 for the fund.

Bleckley Commissioner signs proclamation for National FBLA Week.

Bleckley Commissioner signs proclamation for National FBLA Week.

February 13-20 is National FBLA-PBL week.  In celebration of that event, Bleckley County Commissioner Bob Brockman visited BCHS Monday to sign a proclamation declaring February 13-20 as National FBLA-PBL week at Bleckley County High School.  Text of the proclamation is as follows.

"WHEREAS, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a non-profit educational organization whose first chapter was established in Johnson City, Tennessee, in 1942; and

BCHS crowns Miss Sweetheart.

BCHS crowns Miss Sweetheart.

Bleckley County High School senior Dallas Jade Francis was crowned 2016 Miss Sweetheart during halftime of Saturday's boys home basketball game versus Houston County.  To see the court, click here.

Braving the weather to celebrate King's Dream

Braving the weather to celebrate King's Dream

Bleckley residents braved wind and cold temperatures to attend the annual Martin Luther King Day parade held Monday afternoon.  It was sponsored by the Cochran-Bleckley chapter of the NAACP.  Numerous local churches and community groups were involved, with signs paying tribute to King as decorations.

After the parade, a program was held at House of Grace church.