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Church to offer VBS classes for both children, adults.

Empire Pentecostal Holiness Church will hold Vacation Bible School July 7-12.  Their theme is "Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good."  Dinner at 6 pm, classes from 6:30-830.  Classes are for birth through 12 years old, adult classes will also be offered July 7-10.  The church is located at 101 Church Street in Cochran.

Churches holding fifth Sunday night sings June 30.

Two Bleckley churches are holding fifth Sunday night sing events June 30 with both starting at 6 pm.  Jeff Cleghorn will be the featured musician at Limestone Baptist Church's fifth Sunday night sing.  The church is located at 874 GA 257.  Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, located at 134 Abney Road, will have a fifth Sunday night sing featuring the combined choirs of Mt. Calvary, Bethany, Ruth, Salem, and Union Hill Baptist Churches.

Turner Chapel AME Church holding "gospel explosion" June 30.

Turner Chapel AME Church located at 163 N Seventh Street in Cochran will hold a gospel explosion event June 30 at 5 pm.  Featuring local and area performers, it's also a fundraiser for the church building fund.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Admission includes entry into a raffle for a 32-inch flat screen TV.  Refreshments served.  Purchase tickets by calling (478)397-4797.

Late afternoon surge helps fill the need.

Late afternoon surge helps fill the need.

At around 5:15 pm, turnout at Monday afternoon's Red Cross Blood Drive in Cochran was described as "slow." However, as the afternoon wore on, others came to donate. The Red Cross is always in need of blood. O Negative is especially needed after lower than expected donations the last couple of months. The next drive will be August 19.

Bleckley Health Department hosting Emergency Preparedness Drill June 21.

The Bleckley County Health Department will host an emergency preparedness drill June 21 at Heartland EMS, 256 Lucas Road, from 10 am-1 pm.  Designed to simulate an emergency situation, residents can drive through, hand over head of household forms (available here) that will include medical information for all people in the household.  They'll receive more information and bottles of water.

Turner Chapel AME Church celebrating 155th anniversary June 23

Turner Chapel AME Church will celebrate their 155th anniversary June 23 at 2:30 pm.  The theme is "Running the Race with patience" Hebrews 12:1-2.  Guest speaker will be Rev. Lewis Toles, pastor of Lizzie Bloomer and St. Paul Baptist Churches.  The church is located at 163 N. Seventh Street in Cochran.

Red Cross Blood Drive June 17.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the main room of the Bleckley County Extension Office, 165 E. Peacock Street, June 17 from 2-7 pm.  Officials say there is a critical need for "O Negative" blood because of lower than expected donations last month.  Schedule your appointment online by going to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code "Cochran."  Save up to 15 minutes the day of your appointment bygoing to redcrossblood.org/rapidpass and completing your pre-donation reading and health history questionaire.