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Bleckley cross country course finish line to be named for longtime volunteer

At Tuesday's monthly Bleckley Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously voted to name the finish line at the cross country course (located at Bleckley Elementary) the Freeman Cranford Memorial Finish Line.

Cranford, the father of middle and high school cross country coach Shelly Cranford, was a fixture at the finish line for years serving as a timer. He had to retire due to helth issues and passed away this past spring.

Special presentation at Cochran city council meeting

Special presentation at Cochran city council meeting

Last spring, students in Bleckley Elementary School teacher Kim Fernandez's third grade social studies class took on the task of drawing up a proposal for a city park. At Tuesday's Cochran city council meeting, three of those students, now in fourth grade, made their case.

Accompnied by Fernandez who introduced them, Joshua Morris, Riley Haley, and Lauren Coley presented a proposal drawn up by their class. The three gave reasons for a city park including the ability to hold concerts as well as a place for people to exercise. They had ideas about what should go in the park including a fountain and jungle gym.

Cochran Mayor Michael Stoy said they were very impressed with the group's presentation. He created a task force to study the matter. Last year's class will be members and Fernandez will serve as liaison.

Local dance team sponsors help parents with back to school needs.

Local dance team sponsors help parents with back to school needs.

A school supply giveaway was held Monday afternoon at the home of Coretta Basby in Cochran.  She, along with Shermanda Harris are the sponsors of Elite Dancing Diamonds, a competitive dance team.  It was moved to Basby's home late in the day to logistical issues.  Families could come by and pick up notebooks, eraser, and other supplies needed for elementary, middle, and high school students.

The giveaway was a community service project.  They have others scheduled for fall including plans to adopt a family for Thanksgiving.

Some final fun before going back to school

Some final fun before going back to school

The Bleckley County Health Department held a Back to School bash Friday morning for children in Pre K through Seventh grade. Designed to promote immunizations, children could enjoy free snacks and enjoy activities like a bounce house and face painting. Characters from Princesses with a Purpose were also there to take pictures.

Debbie Martin, a worker there, helped organize Friday's event. She said she wanted to give kids something fun to do before school began and was a part of a Back to School bash hosted by her church, Limestone Baptist Church, last summer. Martin said money for the food, activities and gift bags that contained things like kids meals gift certificates came via donations. The health department thanks everyone who donated for this event.

Cochran Dairy Queen to be part of Miracle Treat Day Thursday

Cochran Dairy Queen will once again be part of the Miracle Treat Day event done by stores Thursday.  

They will donate $1 from all Blizzard sales and ten percent of all other sales to the Children's Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Weather again keeps BCHS off the softball field

Weather again keeps BCHS off the softball field

The Lady Royals tried again to get some pre season softball work in by traveling to Southern Pines for a scrimmage tournament hosted by West Laurens. After about an hour weather delay, Bleckley took the field versus the host Lady Raiders. But in the fourth inning, a warning from the lightning detector cleared all fields. Conditions never improved and with rain falling an hour later, games were cancelled.

BCHS will try again Monday, traveling to Rochelle to play Wilcox County in a doubleheader.

Game times are 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Prayer Walk for Bleckley Schools August 2

The annual prayer walk for Bleckley schools will be August 2 at 6 p.m.

A brief service will be held inside the high school gym. People are then invited to span out to the high school, as well as Bleckley Elementary, Primary, and Middle School, to walk the hallways and pray for students, teachers, and administrators.  

Schools will be open until 8 p.m.