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Local church resuming in-person services Sunday

After months away due to COVID-19, Cochran First United Methodist Church will be resuming in-person services this Sunday. The announcement was made by church pastor Rev. Dr. Bill Woodson during the weekly video sermon posted on the church Facebook page. The church had originally planned to resume services in June but delayed due to a spike in cases locally. According to Woodson, several safety protocols will be in place including a mask requirement, temperature checks, and roping off every other pew to promote social distancing.

Mobile COVID-19 testing site at Middle Georgia State September 9.

The South Central Health District will have a mobile COVID-19 testing site at Middle Georgia State University in Cochran September 9 from 8 am-noon.  Turn left on to Sarah Street from Second Street and follow the signs.  Please wear a mask to the site, stay in your car to be tested.  Register online by going to http://covid19.dph.ga.gov  Call (478)275-6570 for more information.

Board of Education passes mask mandate.

At Tuesday night's monthly meeting, the Bleckley County Board of Education passed a rule that will require students, faculty, and visitors to wear masks while on buses or inside school facilities.  Click here for more.

Christ Chapel Cochran not holding in-person services this week.

Christ Chapel Cochran announced via Facebook that this Sunday's services would be online only and begin at 10:30 am. It follows the cancellation of this week's Reverb and C4Kids youth and children's services held on Wednesday nights. Both stem from someone who attended services last week testing positive for COVID-19.

Local church cancels midweek services after positive COVID-19 test.

Christ Chapel Cochran announced yesterday that Reverb and C4Kids, its weekly youth and children’s services held on Wednesday nights would be canceled this week. In a video posted on the church Facebook page, Pastor Rich Hulsey said an individual who attended service Sunday morning had tested positive for COVID-19. He said he’d spoken to the person via phone, and they weren’t experiencing symptoms. Hulsey said the decision to cancel midweek services came after meeting with church leaders. He said the building was being thoroughly sanitized and announcement regarding Sunday services would be made later this week.

COVID-19 changing format of annual prayer walk.

The annual Back to School Prayer Walk sponsored by Bleckley Christian Learning Center will be held August 9 at 6 pm at all campuses. However, like many events, COVID-19 has affected it. According to a release, there won’t be an opening ceremony. While people will be free to walk around the outside of buildings to pray, the inside of buildings will be closed. You’ll also have the option to remain in your car. Prayer Guides will be handed out at the parking lot entrance of each school listing personnel. For more information, contact Don Giles, (478)230-7540, dgiles@bleckleyclc.org

Mobile COVID-19 testing site at health department July 24.

South Central Health District will have a mobile COVID-19 testing site at the Bleckley County Health Department, 152 North Eighth Street, July 24 from 8 am to noon. No referral needed. Please wear a mask to testing site. Drive up, remain in car to be tested. Call (478)275-6570 for more information.