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Bleckley School System honored at State Capitol.

The Bleckley County School System was honored Wednesday in Atlanta with the Golden Radish Award.  According to a release, the award is "a state-wide farm to school distinction which acknowledges the outstanding leadership of school representatives building comprehensive farm to school programs."

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BCHS Senior a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Student.

BCHS Senior a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Student.

Bleckley County High School senior Cassidy Fountain was named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  She received her Letter of Commendation by principal Dr. Trey Belflower Monday.

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Check presented at Bleckley Relay For Life kickoff event.

Check presented at Bleckley Relay For Life kickoff event.

Relay For Life held their kickoff event Tuesday evening inside the Presidential Dining Room at Middle Georgia State University.  Team and committee members discussed things like fundraising ideas and upcoming events.  The theme for this year locally is "Knocking cancer off the board."  

There are several things upcoming including a walk a thon being held by local dance team Elite Dancing Diamonds this Saturday from 11 am-3 pm at the old BCHS track behind Bleckley Primary School.  Team members will be walking a minimum of four miles.  They'll raise money through sponsorships.  Also upcoming is a family games basket raffle containing DVD's, board games, and other items for families.  Tickets can be purchased from any realy team or committee member or by emailing bleckey_relayforlife@yahoo.com

Cancer survivors to be recognized before September 18 BCHS home football game.

September 18 will be Bleckley County High School's annual "Pink Out" event in awareness of breast cancer when the Royals host Dublin.  Before the game, a balloon releasing ceremony will be held for the survivors of breast cancer, pancreatic, as well as childhood cancer.  Any survivor or their family member are invited to meet by the player's entrance tunnel on the field at 7:15 pm to participate.

Tribute paid to longtime Bleckley businessman, community supporter.

Tribute paid to longtime Bleckley businessman, community supporter.

Last spring, field two at the Cochran Bleckley Recreation Department was named in honor of Ranny Cannon. Cannon, the owner of Cannon Auto Sales, was a supporter of athletics in the community including at the rec. department.  Thursday afternoon, his memory was honored.

Cannon lost his battle to cancer that morning.  Before the evening's baseball and softball games began, a moment of silence was observed.

Bleckley cross country course finish line to be named for longtime volunteer

At Tuesday's monthly Bleckley Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously voted to name the finish line at the cross country course (located at Bleckley Elementary) the Freeman Cranford Memorial Finish Line.

Cranford, the father of middle and high school cross country coach Shelly Cranford, was a fixture at the finish line for years serving as a timer. He had to retire due to helth issues and passed away this past spring.

Special presentation at Cochran city council meeting

Special presentation at Cochran city council meeting

Last spring, students in Bleckley Elementary School teacher Kim Fernandez's third grade social studies class took on the task of drawing up a proposal for a city park. At Tuesday's Cochran city council meeting, three of those students, now in fourth grade, made their case.

Accompnied by Fernandez who introduced them, Joshua Morris, Riley Haley, and Lauren Coley presented a proposal drawn up by their class. The three gave reasons for a city park including the ability to hold concerts as well as a place for people to exercise. They had ideas about what should go in the park including a fountain and jungle gym.

Cochran Mayor Michael Stoy said they were very impressed with the group's presentation. He created a task force to study the matter. Last year's class will be members and Fernandez will serve as liaison.