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Fall Buddy Ball set for October 4

The twelveth annual Fall Buddy Ball game is set for October 4 at the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department.   It's open to special needs children ages 3-16.  Buddy Ball is a game of baseball for special needs children who normally wouldn't get to participate in team sports.

It lasts from 9:30 am-noon.  Participants are asked to be there by 9:45 to get their shirts.  Games start at 10 am with lunch to follow.

Cochran churches to have special music during evening services.

A pair of Cochran churches will have special music during upcoming 6 pm worship services.  The contemporary gospel group Mercy's Well will be at Betnany Baptist Church September 21 at 6 pm.  Bethany is located at 608 Highway 26 East.

On September 28 a "Gaither style" gospel sing will be held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church from 6-8 pm.  It'll feature the combined choirs of Mt. Calvary, Salem Baptist, Lakeview, and Bethany Baptist Churches, as well as an advertised "surprise guest."  Mt. Calvary is located at 128 Abney Road.

Promise of Hope celebrates National Recovery Month.

Promise of Hope celebrates National Recovery Month.

September is National Recovery Month.  Promise of Hope, the faith-based substance abuse program for both women and men, held an event Saturday on the Bleckley courthouse square.  People could participate in a "Walk of Hope" in honor or memory of someone who had battled addiction.  Serving also as a fundraiser, volunteers were stationed on the corners of Second and Dykes Streets to collect donations.  Items such as red ribbons and T-Shirts were for sale.

There was also free face painting.  To learn more about Promise of Hope, visit their website.

Chamber of Commerce, MGSC to host "Rockin' Cochran."

The Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce and Middle Georgia State College will host "Rockin' Cochran" September 16 from4-8 pm.  It's designed to show college students the benefits of shopping in downtown Cochran. Sodexo dining service  will serve dinner there and the college will provide transportation to students interested in attending.  Acivities include music, food, and a photo booth.

Contact the chamber, 478-934-2965, for more information.

Cochran church to hold motorcycle fellowship ride.

Cornerstone Church of Cochran will hold a motorcyle fellowship ride September 27.  Registration at the church (106 W. Dykes Street)  begins at 8:30 am, kickstands up at 10 am.  Cost is $25 per rider, $5 per passenger.  Lunch will be provided.  Proceeds benefit the church building fund.  Call 478-246-9975 for more information.

Bleckley County Bands, MGSC band to host marching exhibition.

Bleckley County Bands and the Middle Georgia State College Band of Knights present the first annual Castle City Jamboree September 20 at 7 pm.  The marching exhibtion will be held at Royal Stadium, 242 NE Dykes Street in Cochran.  Besides performances from the Royal Kingsmen Band and Band of Knights, Dodge County, Hawkinville, Northside (Warner Robins), Veterans, and Jones County High School bands will also perform.

Tickets are $10 both in advance and the day of.  Email director@royalkingsmen.org for more information.

Cochran Masons selling catfish plates.

Cochran Masonic Lodge 217 F&AM is selling catfish plates.  The plates will be available September 13 from 4-7 pm to either pick up or enjoy at the lodge, 217 Masonic Drive.  Cost is $8 and includes catfish fillet, fries, coleslaw, and hush puppies.  Proceeds benefit local charities.  To purchase tickets, 478-934-7236.