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Cochran Dairy Queen gets special help for Customer Appreciation Day.

Cochran Dairy Queen gets special help for Customer Appreciation Day.

Tuesday was Customer Appreciation Day at Dairy Queen.  People could come inside to get a free small cone.  The Cochran store got some extra help in making cones from Grason Anderson.  Grason, the son of Michael and Noel Anderson of Cochran, is the local "miracle child" meaning he benefits from the services of Children's Miracle Network.  Specifically, Children's Hospital Navicent Health in Macon.  Because of Dairy Queen being a longtime sponsor of Children's Miracle Network, Grason came to lend a hand as a service.  

Middle Georgia State students take the plunge for a good cause.

Middle Georgia State students take the plunge for a good cause.

They jumped, they dove, they were pushed.  Over 100 Middle Georgia State University students and a few administrators participated in the second annual "Polar Plunge" held at the University pool.  A fundraiser for the S.E.A.L. (Student Emergency Access to Learning) fund, teams collected sponsorship donations to take the plunge into the still cold water.

The S.E.A.L. fund provides emergency aid to students with unexpected expenses that could prevent them from remaining in school (IE: health, car trouble.)  Funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the Middle Georgia State Foundation.  Vice President for Student Affairs Jennifer Brannon said they expected to raise about $2,000 for the fund.

Bleckley Commissioner signs proclamation for National FBLA Week.

Bleckley Commissioner signs proclamation for National FBLA Week.

February 13-20 is National FBLA-PBL week.  In celebration of that event, Bleckley County Commissioner Bob Brockman visited BCHS Monday to sign a proclamation declaring February 13-20 as National FBLA-PBL week at Bleckley County High School.  Text of the proclamation is as follows.

"WHEREAS, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a non-profit educational organization whose first chapter was established in Johnson City, Tennessee, in 1942; and

BCHS crowns Miss Sweetheart.

BCHS crowns Miss Sweetheart.

Bleckley County High School senior Dallas Jade Francis was crowned 2016 Miss Sweetheart during halftime of Saturday's boys home basketball game versus Houston County.  To see the court, click here.

Braving the weather to celebrate King's Dream

Braving the weather to celebrate King's Dream

Bleckley residents braved wind and cold temperatures to attend the annual Martin Luther King Day parade held Monday afternoon.  It was sponsored by the Cochran-Bleckley chapter of the NAACP.  Numerous local churches and community groups were involved, with signs paying tribute to King as decorations.

After the parade, a program was held at House of Grace church.

Pilot Club releases list of Lite A Lite purchasers.

The Pilot Club of Cochran released the list of those who purchased Christmas lights for their Lite A Lite fundraiser. The lights make up the Christmas tree first lit during the December 4 parade held in downtown Cochran.  Proceeds will fund scholarships for Bleckley County High School students.

To view the list, click here.

Signs of Christmas in downtown Cochran.

Signs of Christmas in downtown Cochran.

It looked and felt like Christmas in Cochran Friday night.  The weather was cold and the Pilot Club held their annual Lte A Lite ceremony.  They lit the Christmas tree adorned with lights purchased in honor or memory of someone. Proceeds will go toward the Pilot Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for BCHS seniors.

A little after 7, the annual Christmas Parade began, featuring a variety of churches, businesses, school, and community organizations.  To see photos, click here.