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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.

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.

Special ceremonies part of final night at Cochran Motor Speedway.

Special ceremonies part of final night at Cochran Motor Speedway.

Saturday night concluded the final racing weekend of 2014 at Cochran Motor Speedway.  It was the finals of the "Gobbler 100" and Third Annual James Ray Hall Memorial Race.  Before the checkered flag was waved, a pair of ceremonies took place at the start/finish line.

The family of James Ray Hall was presented a plaque in appreciation of all Hall had done while a driver at CMS. Track announcer Pastor Todd Shearin said it, along with other special momentos, will be displayed on the "Wall of Fame" inside the tower.

Track owner Chris Martin was also presented an award for the track's support of the Southern Thunder Late Model Series by director Ben Sumner.  CMS had hosted a Southern Thunder Late Model Series event in April.

Cochran church to hold "Fifth Sunday" gospel sing.

Lakeview Baptist Church, located at 203 Lakeview Church Road, will be host to the fifth Sunday gospel sing November 30 at 6 pm.  The performance will feature combined choirs from Lakeview, Bethany, Mt. Calvary, and Salem Baptist churches.

Heartland EMS holding "Cans For Kids" food drive.

Cochran-based Heartland EMS is holding their annual "Cans For Kids" food drive now through December 20. They're seeking donations of canned foods that will go to children and families in Bleckley County.  Donations can be dropped off at the office, 257 Lucas Road.  There are also donation boxes at Bleckley Primary, Walmart, Badcock Home Furnishing, Harvey's Supermarket, and Dollar General Market.  Call 478-934-1133 or 478-308-2788 with any questions.