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Community Blood Drive

A community blood drive will take place in Cochran on Monday, March 28.

The blood drive is from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Extension Office Main Room.

Harry Bruno tells us that extreme weather conditions in the north and west, blood is at an all time low and your blood is needed.  

Bruno says, "Remember 1 pint of blood can save 3 lives."

Sen. Tolleson Offers Mechanism to Fund Water Projects

Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) has introduced a bill that creates new options for financing water projects in communities throughout the state. 

That is according to a Senate Press Office news release.

The Georgia Public/Private Water Supply Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 122) will allow state and local governments to voluntarily partner with private investors on the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure projects.

Motorcyle Ride to Benefit Relay for Life

A  Motorcyle Benefit Ride for Relay for Life will take place at Bleckley Memorial Hospital.

The event is on Saturday, March 19.

The deadline to register is March 5 and the registration fee is $25.

Bleckley Memorial Hospital is located at 145 E. Peacock St in Cochran.

For more information, call 478-934-6211.

February Marks American Heart Month

The Medical Center of Georgia plans to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke through a series of events throughout February.

The events correspond with the American Heart Association's designated February as American Heart Month.

That's according to a Medical Center of Central Ga. news release.

The following is a schedule of events for Central Ga.:

Saturday: Heart & Soul North will take place at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1530 Highway 41 South, in Barnesville from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. MCCG will provide AngioScreen® and other cardiovascular screenings, and physician speakers on the hour.  

AngioScreen® costs $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment.

Thursday, Feb. 17: HeartFest 2011 will join Dodge County Hospital in Eastman from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. to provide free cardiovascular screenings for the hospital’s annual Heart Health Day.

Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 18, according to the American Cancer Society website.

This year marks American Cancer Society's 35th Great American Smokeout and the organization uses the specified date as a day to make a plan to quit or plan in advance to plan on quitting on the Great American Smokeout day itself.

According to The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout website, the event grew out of a 1971 event in Randolph, MA, when "Arthur P. Mullaney asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund."

The first national Great American Smokeout was held in 1977.

Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces Lung Cancer Disease Site Team

To better serve the residents of Central and South Georgia, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has created The Lung Cancer Disease Site Team. This multidisciplinary group of physicians is focused on assessing, planning, monitoring and coordinating the delivery of lung cancer care services to MCCG patients. Each physician involved in the team brings a unique body of knowledge and expertise to the process. The sharing of information and ideas results in a coordinated and comprehensive care plan for patients with input from all specialties. The multidisciplinary team includes lung cancer surgeons, general surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, primary care physicians and other health care providers.