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Church student ministry trying to "Love on Cochran."

Church student ministry trying to "Love on Cochran."

The student ministry of First Baptist Church in Cochran is partnering with Cochran-Bleckley Communities in Schools and Bleckley County Schools to collect medical supplies for school clinics.  Called "loveoncochran," FBC Minister to Students Jeff Dykes said via email the hope was to not only fulfill this need, but open eyes to needs in the community and opportunities to love on the city.

Donations are being accepted now through February 15.  They can be dropped off at the FBC church office, 101 S. Second Street.

Cochran MLK Day parade held.

Cochran MLK Day parade held.

The annual Martin Luther King Day parade was held Monday afternoon in downtown Cochran.  Sponsored by the Cochran-Bleckley NAACP, they were amongst many participants which also included local churches and other community organizations from Bleckley and Twiggs counties.  After the parade, a commerative service was held at House of Grace Church.

Boston Butt sale to benefit Bleckley man battling cancer.

There will be a Boston Butt sale January 30 at 111 Beech Street (across from the State Bank of Cochran) from 4-6 pm.  Cost is $30 for a fully cooked Boston Butt.  Proceeds benefit Bleckley resident Allen Brantely, who is battling cancer.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call Jan Yearty, 478-230-7171.

Lighting the skies in Central Georgia for 30 years.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Tripp Family Christmas Lights in Yonkers.  Wednesday was also the 40th anniversary of Joe and Marie Tripp.  To see photos from this year's display, click here.

See those who "lit a light" for someone special.

At the Cochran Lighted Christmas Parade December 5, the Pilot Club held their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.  The tree was filled with lights purchased by people in the community through the club's "Lite-A-Light" program.  People could buy lights in honor or memory of someone.  Funds from Lite-A-Light went toward Pilot Club projects.

To read the list, click here.

Cochran churches holding Christmas Eve services.

For those wishing to attend church Wednesday, here are some of the churches in Bleckley County that will be holding Christmas Eve services.  To add your church to the list, email BleckleyProgress@aol.com

Bethany Baptist Church- Brief candelight service at 6 pm.  

First Baptist Church- Candelight commuion service at 6 pm.

House of Grace- Candelight service at 6 pm.

Limestone Baptist Church- Candelight service at 6 pm.

Trinity Episcopal Church- Watch night service at 10:30 pm.

Raffle for founding Bleckley EMA member battling cancer.

Allen Brantely is a lifelong resident of Bleckley County and founding member of the Cochran-Bleckley Emergency Management Agency.  An employee of ComSouth for over nine years, Brantely was recently diagnosed with pancreatobiliary carcinoma and has begun chemotherapy.  As a result, his work will be restricted.

The Cochran-Bleckley EMA is holding a benefit raffle with proceeds to go toward his medical expenses.  Winners can choose either a firearm from Southern Patriot Firearms (up to $400) or a $400 Visa prepaid gift card.  Tickets are $1 each.  You can also get six for $5 or 12 for $10.  Donation containers for those wishing to make donations are at various businesses in Cochran.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Scott Jackson, 478-609-1780.  The drawing will be Febuary 24.