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Raffle for founding Bleckley EMA member battling cancer.

Allen Brantely is a lifelong resident of Bleckley County and founding member of the Cochran-Bleckley Emergency Management Agency.  An employee of ComSouth for over nine years, Brantely was recently diagnosed with pancreatobiliary carcinoma and has begun chemotherapy.  As a result, his work will be restricted.

The Cochran-Bleckley EMA is holding a benefit raffle with proceeds to go toward his medical expenses.  Winners can choose either a firearm from Southern Patriot Firearms (up to $400) or a $400 Visa prepaid gift card.  Tickets are $1 each.  You can also get six for $5 or 12 for $10.  Donation containers for those wishing to make donations are at various businesses in Cochran.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Scott Jackson, 478-609-1780.  The drawing will be Febuary 24.

Upcoming Christmas events at Bleckley churches.

Here is a partial list of upcoming Christmas musicals, services, and other events at churches in Cochran and Bleckley County.  To have your church's event listed, email BleckleyProgress@aol.com

Bethany Baptist Church- Adult Cantada December 21 at 11 am.  Children's musical that night at 6 pm. Short commuion service December 24 at 6 pm.

First Baptist Church-  December 21- Musical celebration featuring FBC choir and special guests.  December 24- Christmas Eve Lord's Supper at 6 pm.  During this month, combined morning worship service at 11 am, no evening service on December 28, 31.

House of Grace- "First Christmas" featuring special music December 21 at 10:30 am.  Candlelight Service December 24 at 6 pm.

Special speaker part of Cochran church's Wild Game Supper.

Special speaker part of Cochran church's Wild Game Supper.

First Baptist Church of Cochran's Brotherhood Outdoor Ministries held their second annual Wild Game Supper Thursday evening at the Hangar building.  The meal was free, an auction was held that would help provide Christmas for families in Cochran and Bleckley County.  Shane Savant, a member of the group, said the Outdoor Ministry was started to provide outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing to underpriviliged children as well as a way to reach unsaved men by giving them a place where they could feel comfortable.

Special guest speaker was pro bass fisherman Clay Dyer.  Dyer was born without lower limbs, no left arm, and only a partial right arm.  But he has been on the FLW tour, been featured in many media outlets, and is a motivational speaker.  To learn more about Dyer, visit his website.

Cochran Lighted Christmas Parade held.

Cochran Lighted Christmas Parade held.

The Cochran Lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Chmaber of Commerce, was held Friday night.  A variety of floats, vehicles, and other attractions from community organizations and businesses made their way down Second Street for all to see.  

To view photos, click here.

Bleckley's Got Talent Christmas music camp December 13

"Bleckley's Got Talent" Chritmas music camp will be December 11 and 12 at the Cochran city auditorium.  Campers will learn three songs, motions and choreography.  Campers can just sing with the choir or perform a Christmas solo of their own that they'll receive help with including choreography.  A holiday concert with the songs learned will be held December 13 at 7 pm.  Cost is $30.  Forms, due by December 9, should be sent to Mi Waters, 206 Village Circle, Cochran, GA 31014.  Call her with any questions, 478-230-8809.  Download a form by clicking here.

Santa coming to Cochran-Bleckley Library December 17.

Santa Claus will visit story time at the Tessie W. Norris/Cochran-Bleckley Library December 17 at 10 am.  Story time is presented by the Bleckley County Retired Educators.

Bleckley school bands Christmas concert December 11.

A Christmas concert by the Bleckley school bands will be held December 11 at 7 pm.  It will start with the beginer band, then go to the seventh and eighth grade bands.  The BCHS Wind Ensemble will close things out.  Admission is free.