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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.

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.