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Chamber of Commerce inviting Hometown Heroes to breakfast October 11.

The Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Hometown Heroes breakfast October 11.  All "Hometown Heroes" (IE: law enforcement, fire, EMS personnel) are invited to a drop-in breakfast starting at 7:30 am.  Meal provided by Bethany Baptist Church.

Local pediatrician seeking food donations for backpack project.

Local pediatrician Dr. Bill's Kids is seeking donations of non-perishable food items for their "backpack project" which provides food to children who otherwise might not have anything to eat when not in school. Items sought include vienna sausage, packs of crackers, snack items. Donations can be dropped off at the office, 426 GA 26 in Cochran. Call (478)934-2874 for more information.

Cochran Fire Department pays tribute to 9/11 heroes.

Cochran Fire Department pays tribute to 9/11 heroes.

On 9/11, firefighter Stephen Siller, despite being off duty, attempted to answer the call once hearing about a plane hitting the north tower of the World Trade Center. He reached the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel but it'd been closed for security purposes. Stiller would walk one mile with his equipment to aid fellow firefighters, losing his life in the process. It was that selfless act that motivated Cochran Fire Chief Brock Wilicher to organize an event honoring him, and all those who responded on 9/11. He and fellow firefighter walked one mile from the station to Eastgate Plaza. Escorts include a fire truck, Cochran Police as well as emergency personnel from Heartland EMS.

Middle Georgia Stat Campus Activities Board collecting donations for communities affected by Dorian.

Middle Georgia State University's Cochran Campus Activities Board is seeking donations of items to be delivered to communities impacted by Hurricane Dorian.  Items needed include cleaning supplies, bug spray, diapers, trash bags, flashlights, toiletries, water, hygiene products, and coloring books.  Items can be dropped off on the first floor of Georgia Hall.  Contact Gernisha.Parnell@mga.edu or Paris.Mitchell@mga.edu for more information.  Donations are due by September 30.

Softball tournament helps kids with back to school shopping.

Softball tournament helps kids with back to school shopping.

Though school is already in session, a couple of local residents decided they wanted to do something to help children purchase clothing and supplies for school. So, Scott Williams and Shane Savant organized a co-ed softball tournament that was also sponsored by Bret Huett and Country Financial, held at the Cochran Bleckley Rec. Department Saturday.


It had seven teams, players from Bleckley, Dodge, Pulaski, Laurens, and Bacon Counties. A home run derby was held, won by BCHS Junior Brody Little. Weather did affect the tournament. There was an hour rain delay, the championship game between the Whompers and Benchwarmers was called in the fifth due to lighting. Both teams were declared co-champions. The tournament raised over $1,500.

A good way to honor Mrs. Barbra.

A good way to honor Mrs. Barbra.

The Red Cross held a blood drive in the Bleckley County Extension Office main room. People were asked to come and donate in honor of Barbra Cook. Cook, a local resident and volunteer for over 18 years, missed as she's recovering from a minor stroke. The goal was 26 donations, 36 people showed up. Three people were unable to give, so the final total was 33. The next blood drive is October 21.

Community Back to School Bash August 2.

A commnity back to school bash will be held August 2 from 5 to 8 pm in Eastgate Plaza (across from Bleckley Pre-K) in Cochran.  Sponsored by Communities in Schools/Family Connection, the event will feature a school supply giveaway, touch a truck, food, games, waterslide, informational booth, bounce house, and much more.