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Bleckley Primary holds literacy kickoff event.

Bleckley Primary holds literacy kickoff event.

Bleckley County Primary School held their second annual literarcy kickoff event Thursday afternoon.  Designed to promote reading and get parents involved with reading to their children, it offered a variety of reading and literacy-based activities.  Children could play word games, shop at the book fair, as well as win books at the Book Walk.

Assistant Principal Andrea Williams said it was important to "create a spark for reading" in children that would carry them through life.  The school plans to hold a celebration of Dr. Seus' birthday in March.

Bleckley School System honored at State Capitol for Farm to School Achievements.

Bleckley School System honored at State Capitol for Farm to School Achievements.

Bleckley County Schools received the Golden Radish Award Monday at the State Capitol.  They were one one of 30 school systems to be recognized for "outstanding leadership of school representatives building comprehensive farm to school programs."  Districts were evaluated on their work in ten different activities of farm to school. 

Recognition was done by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney.  Bleckley County was recognized at the Silver Level for their accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year which included:

Cochran Community Blood Drive October 6.

The American Red Cross will hold a community blood drive on October 6 from 2-7 pm in the main room of the County Extension office, located on Peacock Street.  Appointments can be made online by clicking here and typing in sponsor code cochran. 

Youth rally to be held at Hillside Family Campgrounds.

"Friday Night Light," a community youth rally, will be held October 3 at Hillside Family Campground, 592 Georgia 87 Business District, in Cochran.  Services last from 7-8:30 pm with a bonfire planned from 8:30-10.  Worship will be led by Cochran native Zack Phinazee and the Christ Chapel Warner Robins youth band.  The message will be brought by Jeremy Ikner, youth pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dublin.

Fall Buddy Ball set for October 4

The twelveth annual Fall Buddy Ball game is set for October 4 at the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department.   It's open to special needs children ages 3-16.  Buddy Ball is a game of baseball for special needs children who normally wouldn't get to participate in team sports.

It lasts from 9:30 am-noon.  Participants are asked to be there by 9:45 to get their shirts.  Games start at 10 am with lunch to follow.

Promise of Hope celebrates National Recovery Month.

Promise of Hope celebrates National Recovery Month.

September is National Recovery Month.  Promise of Hope, the faith-based substance abuse program for both women and men, held an event Saturday on the Bleckley courthouse square.  People could participate in a "Walk of Hope" in honor or memory of someone who had battled addiction.  Serving also as a fundraiser, volunteers were stationed on the corners of Second and Dykes Streets to collect donations.  Items such as red ribbons and T-Shirts were for sale.

There was also free face painting.  To learn more about Promise of Hope, visit their website.

Cochran Motor Speedway welcomes the Shriners.

Cochran Motor Speedway welcomes the Shriners.

The Cochran/Bleckley Shrine Club was Cochran Motor Speedway's Charity of the Month and was featured during Saturday's races.  The Shriners were set up behind the track selling toys as well as David Ragan apparel.  The #6 Shrine Car of Ragan's was on display.  There was also a 50/50 raffle for fans and a driver's raffle for a set of tires.

Track announcer Pastor Todd Shearin had the group on the track before the races began and had them issue the command "Gentlemen, start your engines".  To learn more about the Shriners, visit their website.