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Fall Buddy Ball set for October 4

The twelveth annual Fall Buddy Ball game is set for October 4 at the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department.   It's open to special needs children ages 3-16.  Buddy Ball is a game of baseball for special needs children who normally wouldn't get to participate in team sports.

It lasts from 9:30 am-noon.  Participants are asked to be there by 9:45 to get their shirts.  Games start at 10 am with lunch to follow.

Promise of Hope celebrates National Recovery Month.

Promise of Hope celebrates National Recovery Month.

September is National Recovery Month.  Promise of Hope, the faith-based substance abuse program for both women and men, held an event Saturday on the Bleckley courthouse square.  People could participate in a "Walk of Hope" in honor or memory of someone who had battled addiction.  Serving also as a fundraiser, volunteers were stationed on the corners of Second and Dykes Streets to collect donations.  Items such as red ribbons and T-Shirts were for sale.

There was also free face painting.  To learn more about Promise of Hope, visit their website.

Cochran Motor Speedway welcomes the Shriners.

Cochran Motor Speedway welcomes the Shriners.

The Cochran/Bleckley Shrine Club was Cochran Motor Speedway's Charity of the Month and was featured during Saturday's races.  The Shriners were set up behind the track selling toys as well as David Ragan apparel.  The #6 Shrine Car of Ragan's was on display.  There was also a 50/50 raffle for fans and a driver's raffle for a set of tires.

Track announcer Pastor Todd Shearin had the group on the track before the races began and had them issue the command "Gentlemen, start your engines".  To learn more about the Shriners, visit their website.

Shriners to be at Cochran Motor Speedway September 6.

The Cochran-Bleckley Shrine Club will be at Cochran Motor Speedway September 6.  They'll be giving away free coloring books to children as well as have discounted toys for sale.  A 50//50 raffle will be held and fans can take pictures by the #6 David Ragan Shrine car.  Activites start at 5 pm.  Cochran Motor Speedway is locaed at 241 Jim Wimberly Road.

Lady Royals softball team takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The BCHS softball team took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after Wednesday's practice.   They'd been challenged by the Dodge County Lady Indians softball team.  The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was started by a patient with ALS. It's designed to promote both awareness of the disease as well as raise funds.   While being videoed, people douse themselves with a bucket of ice water.  The video is posted to social media with a challenge to someone else.  That person can either accept the challenge, donate to an ALS Charity, or both.

To find out who the Lady Royals challenged, watch the video.

Cochran Motor Speedway honors Jay's Hope.

Cochran Motor Speedway honors Jay's Hope.

Jay's Hope, the organization that raises funds to battle childhood cancer, was on hand at Cochran Motor Speedway Saturday night.  A table was set up allowing people to make donations as well as pick up items such as T-Shirts and calendars.  There was a 50-50 raffle for fans and several items were raffled off for drivers.

In a pre-race ceremony, children from the organization were recognized and, along with track announcer Pastor Todd Shearin, got to say the famous racing phrase "Gentlemen, Start your engines!"

To learn more about Jay's Hope, visit their website.

Jay's Hope to be at Cochran Speedway

Jay's Hope Foundation is Cochran Motor Speedway's charity of the month and members from the Macon chapter will be at the races this Saturday night.  

A 50/50 raffle will be held.  Half the total will go to the winner, the other to Jay's Hope.  Drivers will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for items such as tires.  

Foundation members will be recognized in a special pre-race ceremony.  Gates open at 4 p.m., races begin at 8.

To learn more about Jay's Hope and their efforts to raise money for children battling cancer, visit the website.