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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.

Former Royal comes home to continue football career.

Former Royal comes home to continue football career.

Derrick Farrow, a star defensive back for Bleckley County High School, signed with East Central Community College in Mississippi in April of 2013.  He graduated this falll.  Wednesday morning, Farrow signed with Kennesaw State University to continue his football career.

Farrow signed in the counselor's office of BCHS.  He chose to do it at the high school because "It's home."   Farrow said it felt good to be able to continue playing after getting his degree.  A physical therapy major, he said he plans to "take it one step at a time, get my degree, and contiue to play the sport that I love." 

Upcoming Christmas events at Bleckley churches.

Here is a partial list of upcoming Christmas musicals, services, and other events at churches in Cochran and Bleckley County.  To have your church's event listed, email BleckleyProgress@aol.com

Bethany Baptist Church- Adult Cantada December 21 at 11 am.  Children's musical that night at 6 pm. Short commuion service December 24 at 6 pm.

First Baptist Church-  December 21- Musical celebration featuring FBC choir and special guests.  December 24- Christmas Eve Lord's Supper at 6 pm.  During this month, combined morning worship service at 11 am, no evening service on December 28, 31.

House of Grace- "First Christmas" featuring special music December 21 at 10:30 am.  Candlelight Service December 24 at 6 pm.

Cochran church youth "play cards with Jesus."

Cochran church youth "play cards with Jesus."

Members of House of Grace church's "UnAshamed" youth group visited White Oaks Personal Care Facility Saturday.  Youth, along with youth pastor Shane Allen and wife Amanda, played games and visited with the residents.  In describing the outreach,. Shane Allen referenced the scripiture which said "If you do this for the least of these, you do it for me," meaning doing good things such as giving a thirsty person a drink, you were also giving one to Jesus.  Allen said they were "playing cards with Jesus."

Cochran police raise money for community fund.

Cochran police raise money for community fund.

Officers from the Cochran Police Department had a different duty around lunchtime at Dairy Queen.  They were behind the counter, preparing Blizzards and other treats.  Saturday was Community Fund day at DQ, ten percent of sales went to the police commuity fund.  The fund is used for projects such as providing Christmas to needy families as well as college scholarships.  According to Momin, $125 was raised, over $1,100 was collected this year in five fundraising efforts.

Cochran Lighted Christmas Parade held.

Cochran Lighted Christmas Parade held.

The Cochran Lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Chmaber of Commerce, was held Friday night.  A variety of floats, vehicles, and other attractions from community organizations and businesses made their way down Second Street for all to see.  

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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.