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Martin Luther King Day celebrated in Cochran.

Martin Luther King Day celebrated in Cochran.

A pair of events sponsored by the Bleckley NAACP Chapter highlighted the Martin Luther King Day celebration in Cochran.  The annual parade went through downtown Cochran featuring a number of churches and other local groups.

House of Grace hosted a celebration event entitled "Committment to Excellence in Community Service."  It featured music by the NAACP Youth Choir and remarks by Julius Johnson.  Johnson is the founder of the Newberry Foundation, an African American education and history organization.

Cochran church opens food bank ministry.

Cochran church opens food bank ministry.

Cornerstone Church of Cochran has opened a food bank ministry called the Cornerstone Love Center.  It's appointment based and will provide food to people in need.  To learn more, call coordinator Marsha Hartley, (478)867-3351.

A bright night in Cochran.

A bright night in Cochran.

The annual Lighted Christmas Parade was held Friday night in downtown Cochran featuring a variety of colorful floats.  To view photos, click here.

BCHS CTSO's collecting food for needy at Christmas parade.

Bleckley County High School Career Technical Student Organizations such as FBLA and HOSA will once again do the "Parade Pantry" during the Christmas parade December 2.  Members will be pushing lighted grocery carts to accept canned food goods that will be donated to people in need locally.  You can also drop off donations at the Chamber of Commerce, 102 N. Second St.

Celebrating cross country royalty.

Celebrating cross country royalty.

November 4 was a historic day for Bleckley County High School cross country.  The boys won state for a second straight year, the girls won their first state title.  Carl Ellis Corley repeated as boys individual state champion.  Friday afternoon, the student body gathered in the gym to recognize both teams for their outstanding seasons.

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BCHS state champion cross country teams recognized at football game.

BCHS state champion cross country teams recognized at football game.

Friday was a good day for Bleckley County High School cross country.  The boys won their second straight state title, the girls their first at the state championship meet in Carolton.  It was the first time both the boys and girls team of any sport had won state titles on the same day in school history.

Carl Ellis Corley defended his individual state title for the boys.  Macy Moe finished third for the girls. Though the teams didn't make it back in time to be recognized during Senior Night held before the final football game versus Southwest, they came onto the field at halftime to the cheers of the crowd.

A "souper" day at BCMS.

A "souper" day at BCMS.

Tuesday was "Souper Hero Day" at Bleckley County Middle School.  Many students and faculty donned their favorite super hero shirts.  Special guests for the second annual event done as part of Red Ribbon Week were first responders as well as Cochran Police Officers, Bleckley Sheriff's Deputies, and members of both the Cochran and Bleckley County Fire Departments.  They enjoyed a special lunch which included soup, sandwiches, salads, and deserts.

In speaking to students during lunch, Principal Michelle Dyal said the purpose of the day was to "honor the local super heroes who look after us and keep us safe."