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A Grand Night at the Cary Opry.

A Grand Night at the Cary Opry.

While the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church isn't Ryman Auditorium, it was the site of a local version of the classic Grand Ole Opry Saturday night.  "A Grand Ole Night at the Opry" was the theme of this year's Valentine's Banquet.  Complete with a  "Minnie Pearl" (church member Elaine Brantely) guests enjoyed food and classic bluegrass from Jess Darsey and Friends.

Money raised will go toward youth missions.

Cochran church offering a "grand" night with Valentine's banquet.

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church will hold their Valentine's Banquet February 21 at 6 pm.  This year's theme is "Grand Ole night at the Opry."  Tickets are $10 and include meal.  To purchase or for more information, call the church office, 478-934-0810.

Cochran church to hold simulcast of marriage conference.

House of Grace Church will hold a simulcast of the XO Marriage Conference February 13-14.  Hosted by Jimmy and Karen Evans of MarriageToday.com, the conference will feature special music by Steven Curtis Chapman and numerous guest speakers.  Call the church office, 478-934-4494 for more information.  You can also learn about the conference by clicking here.

Support group for bereaved families of children who died.

The Compassionate Friends is a self help support group for families of children who died at any age.  The Cochran area chapter of Compassionate Friends meets the second Tuesday of each month in the fellowship hall of Empire Pentecotal Holiness Church, 110 Church Street in Empire.  To learn more about the group, visit their website.

Story Time at the Cochran Library January 21.

Story Time at the Tessie W. Norris/Cochran-Bleckley Library will be January 21 at 10 am.  The guest reader will be Laura Bowen.  Story time is presented by the Bleckley County Retired Educators.

Fourth annual Double Barrell Band New Year's event set.

The Double Barrell Band will have their fourth annual New Year's Eve countdown gathering Wednesday night at 8 pm.  As in past years, it'll be held at the Cochran-Bleckley Arts Alliance.  A post on the band's Facebook page announcing the event states that due to scheduling conflicts with a couple of band members, Wedneday's show will be a combined effort with another band, Turner Down founded by Bleckley County High School Alumni Paul Turner.

Cochran churches holding Christmas Eve services.

For those wishing to attend church Wednesday, here are some of the churches in Bleckley County that will be holding Christmas Eve services.  To add your church to the list, email BleckleyProgress@aol.com

Bethany Baptist Church- Brief candelight service at 6 pm.  

First Baptist Church- Candelight commuion service at 6 pm.

House of Grace- Candelight service at 6 pm.

Limestone Baptist Church- Candelight service at 6 pm.

Trinity Episcopal Church- Watch night service at 10:30 pm.