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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.

Making Cochran a cleaner place.

Making Cochran a cleaner place.

The Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce and city government sponsored a cleanup day Saturday.  Volunteers went out to different parts of the city to collect trash.  People could also bring tires and other household waste to dropoff sites including behind the chamber.  Volunteers enjoyed a sack lunch once the work was done.

Cochran Women's Club collecting items for domestic violence victims April 28.

Cochran Women's Club will join other women's clubs in statewide Day of Service event by collecting items for victims of domestic violence April 28. Members will be in front of Walmart from 10 am-1 pm. According to a release, items sought include diapers, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, hair brushes, paper towels, trash bags, feminine hygiene products, shavers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and women's and children's underwear. Donations will go to the Salvation Army Safe House in Warner Robins.

Help Bleckley's first state Special Olympics athlete "Domi-NATE" at state.

Help Bleckley's first state Special Olympics athlete "Domi-NATE" at state.

Bleckley County High School Sophomore Nate "The Great" Johnson is the first Special Olympics athlete to make it to state. He'll be competing at the Atlanta Invitational April 13 and the state finals May 18-19 at Emory University. Help support Nate by purchasing a "Domi-NATE" T-Shirt. Costs are $15 for youth X-Small through adult X-Large, $17 for adult 2 XL and up. Orders can be placed by emailing Libby DeLoach, ldeloach@bleckley.k12.ga.us, or Chelsea Tyner, ctyner@bleckley.k12.ga.us. Checks can be dropped off in the main office of Bleckley Primary. Orders are due by April 30.

"We love you and we're praying for you."

"We love you and we're praying for you."

For the second straight year, Salem Baptist Church fed firemen, law enforcement, and EMS workers with "Serving the Servants" Saturday nights. Firefighters came first, with law enforcement and EMS personnel coming later. Before blessing the meal, Salem Pastor Tony Harmon spoke of how the Bible calls for Christians to serve others. He said the church wanted to do this in appreciation for the service they provided, adding "we love you and we're praying for you." Between meals ate at the church and delivered, organizers said between 115-120 people were served.