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Cochran Police holding National Night Out street party August 2.

The Cochran Police Department will be a part of this year's National Night Out August 2.  National Night Out is designed to promote police-community relations.  A street party is planned for 6-9 pm that evening on the lawn, 102 N. Second St.  According to a promotional release, the event will feature activities including slides, bounce house, rock wall, corn hole, and a dunking booth.  There will also be food such as pizza, cotton candy, and popcorn.  The Cochran Fire Department will be in attendance handing out smoke detectors.

Cochran Dairy Queen participating in Miracle Treat Day July 28.

Cochran Dairy Queen Grill & Chill will be part of Miracle Treat Day held at DQ restaurants nationwide July 28.  On that day, one dollar from all Blizzard sales in Cochran will go to the Children's Hospital Navicent Health in Macon.   The restaurant is located at 270 N. Second St.

Cochran church giving away backpacks, school supplies, July 30.

First Baptist Church of Cochran will hold their third annual backpack and school supply giveaway July 30.  It starts at 2 pm and will be at the Hangar, 130 E. Beech St.   Backpacks and other school supplies (IE: crayons, #2 pencils, glue sticks) will be given away until all have been handed out.

Orlando shooting spurs people to help Red Cross.

Orlando shooting spurs people to help Red Cross.

The American Red Cross held a blood drive Monday in the main building of Bleckley 4-H.  With the tragedy in Orlando on the minds of many, it spurred some to action.  Organizers said several new faces came to donate.  One man came over from Eastman and specifically designated his donation to go to Orlando.  Another came from Kathleen.  He said he wanted to ensure his blood went to Orlando because he has the rare blood type O Negative.

To learn more about how you can help the Red Cross, visit redcross.org

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day.

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day.

Bleckley County held their annual Memorial Day program Monday morning on the courthouse square.  It featured a Memorial Roll Call by American Legion Post 107 members Charlie Tuck and Johnnie Barton.  A wreath was placed at the Eternal Flame memorial honoring those who served in both World War I and II.  Following a special message by Ruth Baptist Church Pastor Todd Bishop, the crowd stood solemnly as Taps was played.

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.