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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.

Bleckley farmer named Conservationist of the Year.

Bleckley farmer named Conservationist of the Year.

Chris Hill was named the Central Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District Conservationist of the Year at their 53rd annual awards ceremony held at First Baptist Church in Cochran.  Hill works his famiy's land, Roland Hill Farms.  He's been farming since 1999, and is the fifth generation to work the land that dates back to 1905.

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Ga. officials offer online deer hunting application

Ga. officials offer online deer hunting application

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are encouraging deer hunters to fill out an online application that will allow them to participate in this season's deer quota hunt.

Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division officials say the deadline to submit an application for deer quota hunting is Sept. 1.

Fresh fish on the menu for Bleckley BOE's upcoming meeting

Fresh fish on the menu for Bleckley BOE's upcoming meeting

The Bleckley Board of Education will enjoy a fish fry before their September 7 meeting.  It'll be done by the FFA.  Fish for the fish fry are being raised now inside the greenhouse behind BCHS.  

There are are two tanks.  Each has fresh water pumped in, both covered with tables.  Advisor Doyle Floyd said the tables were needed to keep the fish from jumping out.

Youth Sky Camp returns to Eastman

Youth Sky Camp returns to Eastman

Sky Camp, a summer aviation camp for kids ages 10 to 14, is set for June 30 to July 2 at the Eastman Campus of Middle Georgia State College.

Activities will include exploring weather, history and physics as they relate to flight; aircraft maintenance, building and launching rockets and gliders; flying in an aircraft and more.

Agronomist: Hold off on peanut planting; soil temperatures not stable

Agronomist: Hold off on peanut planting; soil temperatures not stable

Peanut planters are cautioned not to plant too early this year.

According to the UGA extension's blog, UGA Agronomist Dr. Scott Tubbs says growers should be careful due to "strong possibilities for a cold front to drop soil temperatures rapidly."

Related: Peanut farm goes Sriracha

Tubbs urges growers to exercise patience, despite the few days with temperatures in the 80s.

Read the full blog post for detailed peanut-growing advice.

Related: Georgia Peanut Commission's 2014 Peanut Outlook