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Bleckley Health Department Back to School Bash July 31

The Bleckley County Health Department will hold a Back to School Bash from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 31.

It's designed to promote vaccines for back to school. Activites include face painting, popcorn, snow cones, a bounce house, as well as Princesses with a Purpose characters. Open to children in Pre-K through seventh grade.

For more inforation, call Debbie Martin, (478) 934-6590, or email Debbie.martin@dph.ga.gov. The health department is located at 152 N. 8th Street in Cochran.

Cochran church to hold New Year's communion service.

Cornerstone Church of Cochran will hold a New Year's Eve candelight communion service Wednesday at 7 pm. The church is located at 106 W. Dykes St.

Hospice seminar to be held at Cochran city auditorium.

A Hospice educational seminar will be held at the Cochran city auditorium November 13 at 5:30 pm.  It'll be hosted by Dr. Kevin G. Moore, Bereavement Coordinator with Pruitt Health Hospice of Cordele.  Moore will discuss hospice options that may be needed by your family or friends as well as "Camp Cocoon," a service that helps children ages 6-17 deal with the loss of a loved one.  Admission is free.  Refreshments will be served.

To learn more about Pruitt Health, visit their website.

Bleckley School System honored at State Capitol for Farm to School Achievements.

Bleckley School System honored at State Capitol for Farm to School Achievements.

Bleckley County Schools received the Golden Radish Award Monday at the State Capitol.  They were one one of 30 school systems to be recognized for "outstanding leadership of school representatives building comprehensive farm to school programs."  Districts were evaluated on their work in ten different activities of farm to school. 

Recognition was done by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney.  Bleckley County was recognized at the Silver Level for their accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year which included:

Funds raised for Bleckley woman battling cancer

Funds raised for Bleckley woman battling cancer

It was an extra busy morning in downtown Cochran Saturday as members of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and other friends of Bleckley resident Tara Raffield raised funds for her.  

They held a bake sale and also stood at traffic lights to collect donations.  Money raised will go toward expenses associated with her fight against cancer.

Leadership Dodge tours Dodge County Hospital

Leadership Dodge tours Dodge County Hospital

In June, the 2014 Leadership Dodge class attended a session on local healthcare.  Ken Rogers of Eastman Drugs discussed how communities benefit from having both smaller-scale local independent pharmacies and larger commercial pharmacies.

The next speaker, Melissa Brantley from the Health Department District Office, spoke on the numerous programs that they provide to the local community.

The group then traveled to Dodge County Physical Therapy and the Dodge County Hospital where they toured both facilities. The Dodge County Hospital provided lunch and spoke to the group about how they operate and how health care finances have changed in the last few years.

During the June session, the class learned that Dodge County has a strong healthcare system, thanks to many dedicated groups and organizations. The next Leadership Dodge session is Agriculture Day in August.

Task force to make DFCS head report to governor

Task force to make DFCS head report to governor

(WXIA) -- Gov. Nathan Deal's office is preparing an announcement on changes to organizational structure at the Division of Family and Children Services, sources tell 11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom.

According to the sources, DFCS will be separate from DHS and the head of DFCS will report directly to the governor instead of the commissioner.