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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.

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested. 

Agronomist: Hold off on peanut planting; soil temperatures not stable

Agronomist: Hold off on peanut planting; soil temperatures not stable

Peanut planters are cautioned not to plant too early this year.

According to the UGA extension's blog, UGA Agronomist Dr. Scott Tubbs says growers should be careful due to "strong possibilities for a cold front to drop soil temperatures rapidly."

Related: Peanut farm goes Sriracha

Tubbs urges growers to exercise patience, despite the few days with temperatures in the 80s.

Read the full blog post for detailed peanut-growing advice.

Related: Georgia Peanut Commission's 2014 Peanut Outlook

Bleckley Relay for Life May 2

Bleckley Relay for Life May 2

Bleckley Relay for Life will be May 2 at NeSmith Stadium (Middle Georgia State College Soccer Field) starting at 7 pm.  The stadium is located just off US 23 near the bypass.  

The theme for this year's relay is "Carnival for a Cure." There will be food, games, and local entertainment.  

Money raised will benefit people in Bleckley County battling cancer and their families.

For more information, contact  relay chair Linda Warren, 478-298-2252.