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Late surge of people lifts Cochran Blood Drive numbers.

Late surge of people lifts Cochran Blood Drive numbers.

The American Red Cross held a blood drive Monday afternoon at the County Extension Office in Cochran. Organizers said it'd been slow going for most of the day.  But around 6 pm, traffic increased.  By 6:20, 45 people had come in to donate.

A flyer sent out by the Red Cross last week stated that there was an emergency need for blood because of several drives across the country being cancelled due to winter storms.  You can learn more abut other drives in Middle Georgia by going here.

Cochran church serves those who protect and serve.

Cochran church serves those who protect and serve.

Local law enforcement, EMT's/First Responders, as well as fire and rescue were the guests of Salem Baptist Church Saturday night for "Serving the Servants."  The church provided meals in their Fellowship Hall as well as delievered plates.  Pastor Tony Deloach said members were inspired to do this based upon a Bible study they're currently doing on Wednesday nights as well as things happening in the community and world. Between meals eaten there and plates delivered, they expected to serve about 200 people.

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.

To read more, click here.