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Local Church to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

Salem Baptist Church, located at 134 Salem Church Road, will celebrate its 150th Aniversary April 29-May 1.  On April 29, there will be a free gospel sing at the softball field located across from the church starting at 6:30 p.m. 

Ray Knighton and Wanelle Collins, Common Garments, and The Kingsmen will be in concert.  Homecoming service will be May 1 starting at 10:30 a.m. with special music by Ray Simmons. 

Guest speaker will be Reverend Howard Mills.



Dr. Charles L. Quinn will lead the Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra in its April concert entitled "Transcendings" this weekend.  Click here to see the video.

Saturday, April 16
Middle Georgia College
Russell Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 17
Wesleyan College
Porter Auditorium
3:00 p.m.

For tickets:
(478) 934-9575

Relay for Life of Dodge County Hosts 100+ Family Yard Sale April 15 & 16

Relay for Life of Dodge County Hosts 100+ Family Yard Sale April 15 & 16

Relay for Life of Dodge County invites everyone to celebrate, remember, and fight back on April 15-16, 2011 at the Dodge County High School track in Eastman. The relay will open with the Survivors Lap.

As the sun sets, the Luminara Ceremony will honor those who have battled cancer. If you would like to purchase a luminara in honor or remembrance of someone, please call 478-290-8377.

The Relay for Life of Dodge County Family Yard Sale will begin Friday, April 15th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the track behind Dodge County Middle School.  The Yard Sale will contine Saturday, April 16th from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

For more information on participating in Relay for Life of Dodge County, purchasing a luminara, or the Family Yard Sale, please call 478-290-8377 or visit www.RelayForLife.org.


Miss Middle Georgia Relay for Life Pagent May 1

The 2011 Miss Middle Georgia Relay for Life Pagent will be held May 1 at 2 pm in the BCHS Auditorium.  The pagent has categories from baby miss (not walking) to Miss (17-20 years old)  There is also a Survivor Queen category which is for any age survivor of cancer.

Cost is $75.  An optional photogenic category is $10.  Checks, made out to Bleckley County Relay for Life, should be sent to Miss Middle Georgia Relay for Life Pagent, 102 Wood Oak Circle, Cochran, GA 31014.  Applicactions are due by April 29.  Applications will be accepted after deadline if there are not 10 participants in an age group.  Call Lynn Young at 478-230-2108 for more information.  A copy of the registration form and rules can be found in the forms section on bleckleyprogress.com 

Proceeds benefit the Bleckley County Relay for Life and the Bleckley Elementary relay team.

38th Harness Festival Coming Up This Weekend

April 14: Sponsor's Dinner

April 15: Fireworks and Live Entertainment

April 16: 5k Road Race, Opening Ceremonies, BarBQ Competition sanctioned by the GA BarBQ Association, Harness Racing, More Music, Arts & Crafts, Kids Games, and Fun for the Entire Family.

Read more about the Harness Festival.

A dance like no other at the Cochran Community House.

A dance like no other at the Cochran Community House.

The Cochran Community House has been the site of many dances for BCHS students.  This one was different.  It was for "Mrs. Churchwell's class."  "Mrs. Churchwell" is Pam Churchwell, who teaches special needs students.  Attendees got all the trimmings of a prom inlcuding being transported to the dance in a limo and introductions by principal Michelle Masters.  After that, they went inside for a full night of picture-taking, refreshments, and of course, dancing.

Churchwell said she came up with the idea because while some of her students might be interested in the prom, they wouldn't enjoy the large crowd associated with it.  A look at the faces of attendees left no doubt that they were enjoying the evening.  Some other BC Juniors and Seniors were in attendance to help out and mingle with the guests.  As they would leave at the end of the night, Churchwell would thank them for attending.  A common reply?

Local Church to Participate in Simulcast on Good Friday

Mount Calvary Baptist Church will partcipate in a simulcast entitled "Secret Church" on April 22.  The event is sponsored by Lifeway Christian Bookstores and will be hosted by author David Platt. 

According to promotional materials, the event is designed to help people identify with "the persecuted church." 

Call 478-934-0810 for more information.  Mount Calvary Baptist is located at 134 Abney Rd. in Cochran.