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City, county, declare State of Emergency, impose curfew.

The City of Cochran and Bleckley County have declared a State of Emergency starting today until further notice. In declarations posted on the Bleckley County Emergency Management Agency Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, both include a curfew from 10 pm to 6 am. Both note while no COVID-19 cases have yet been diagnosed, the noves are being done to protect both citizens and employees. Exceptions to the curfew are made for people traveling to work, as well as fuel, food, and medicine pickup and delivery. Following the announcement by the city yesterday that city hall and the police department would be closed to the public until further notice, Commissioner Bob Brockman made a similar announcement concerning the county courthouse as well as law enforcement. He asked citizens to call (478)934-3200 and the appropriate extension if needing assistance.

Promise of Hope sporting clays tournament postponed.

Promise of Hope announced the second annual Aim For Hope sporting clays tournament benefiting the men's facility in Cochran has been postponed due to social distancing guidelines set by the CDC regarding COVID-19. According to an email, the event will be rescheduled when "recommended to do so." The gun raffle for an AR-15 rifle also benefiting the men's facility is ongoing with the winner to be drawn for April 3. Tickets can be purchased by calling (478)934-0774.

City Hall, police department to be closed to public starting tomorrow.

The City of Cochran announced Monday afternoon that access to both city hall and the police department would be restricted to employees only starting tomorrow until further notice due to the coronavirus crisis. In an announcement posted both on the city's website and Facebook page, it stated doors to both city hall and police department lobby will be locked. Residents are asked to utilize the outside drop box or make payments online as well as use phone or email for any concerns. Contact info for city hall is (478)934-6346, info@cityofcochran.com The police department phone number is (478)934-4282.

School district announces plan for feeding, educating students during coronavirus shutdown.

The Bleckley County School District has announced its plan of meal pickup as well as meal and lesson delivery during the shutdown due to COVID-19.  Click here for more.

Landon Padgett Foundation Board of Trustees announces postponement of 5K, 1 mile fun runs.

The Landon Padgett Foundation Board of Trustees announced this year's scheduled "Run for a Dream" 5K and one-mile fun run has been postponed to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A statement issued by the board reads in part "We created this organization to continue Landon’s remarkable legacy dedicated to the health and well-being of children and young people. This is more than our mission, it is what guides our every decision. After much research and consideration, we realize we simply cannot adequately ensure the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff." The statement goes on to encourage people to check the website (landonpadgett.org), Facebook, and registration pages for a new date and more info.

More local event cancellations amid coronavirus concerns.

Both Story Time at the Tessie W. Norris/Cochran-Bleckley Library scheduled for March 18 and the Friends of the Library "Big Book Sale" schedulef for March 21 have been cancelled.

Affects of coronavirus being felt locally.

Click here for news regarding the coronavirus effects locally including the status of some events.