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Hundreds get food, prayer, from church food bank.

Hundreds get food, prayer, from church food bank.

Cornerstone Church of Cochran opened their Love Ministry Food Bank yesterday.  People came, registered and received tickets, met with church members who prayed for them, then waited for their number to be called to receive boxes of food containing both meats and fruits.  According to ministry volunteers, over 250 boxes of food were handed out to families, feeding over 750 people.

Church holding fifth annual backpack and school supply giveaway July 28.

First Baptist Church of Cochran will hold their fifth annual backpack and school supply giveaway at the Hangar, 130 East Beech Street, July 28.  It starts at 2 pm and will last until all supplies are given away.  Volunteers will have lists to assist with supplies are needed for each grade.  Children must be present to receive supplies.

Cochran church opening food bank to "anyone who could benefit from a free box of food and love."

Cornerstone Church of Cochran will open their Love Center Food Bank July 25 from 11 am-2 pm in the parking lot of the church, 129 East Beech Street.  According to a promotional flyer, it's open to "anyone who could benefit from a free box of food and love."

Former BCHS football coach leading effort to honor those who serve.

Former BCHS football coach leading effort to honor those who serve.

Former Bleckley County High School head football coach was the guest speaker at yesterday's Memorial Day program held on the courthouse square.  He spoke about a project to help honor servicemen, both past and present. While on a trip to Ringgold, he saw American flags that wood bases that display the name and branch of service for both current and veterans of the military.  Barrs was inspired to have the same done in Cochran. So, he got approval from city council and began selling the flags here.

He said he wanted to do this to show appreciation to all who serve and have served, adding he makes no money off the flags. Each flag is $100 and will be displayed by the city the week before and after July 4 and Veterans Day. Flags will be placed along West Dykes and Second Streets. The deadline to order for July 4 is June 1, October 1 for Veterans Day. Call city hall, (478)934-6346, for more information.

New trophy case dedicated at BCHS.

New trophy case dedicated at BCHS.

Bleckley County High School has a new place to display its many achievements as well as those of Cochran High School. A trophy case dedication ceremony was held Sunday afternoon. Organized by former coach and administrator Ben Dykes, he collected $25,000 in donations for the $16,000 case. Dykes was also responsible for many of the plaques on display inside. Unbeknownst to him, a small plaque on the front of the case recognizes him as well as former coach Billy Padgett.

Reverse beauty pageant raises funds for Buddy Ball.

Reverse beauty pageant raises funds for Buddy Ball.

There was something different about the contestants in a beauty pagent held Friday night in the BCHS auditorium.  Some of the names were unique, Ivory Bliss Nesbit.  They had wigs, some wore tennis shoes.  These "ladies" were actually male BCHS students participating in the first ever Miss Royal Reverse Pageant.  A fundraiser for Buddy Ball, donations from People's Choice awards went into a check presented to organizer Danette Rogers.  The pageant raised $592.41.

Cochran Women's Club thanks community for support of service project.

Cochran Women's Club thanks community for support of service project.

As part of a statewide community service project, Cochran Women's Club collected items for victims of domestic abuse at Walmart Saturday. Donations will go toward the Salvation Army safe house in Warner Robins. There were so many donations that shopping carts had to be used for collections. Cochran Women's Club thanks the community for their donations and support.