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Bleckley School System Recognized for Serving Local Foods

Bleckley School System Recognized for Serving Local Foods

The Bleckley School System was one of several to be recognized in a ceremony on March 5 at the state capitol.  Bleckley received the "Golden Radish" award for their participation in the "5 Million Meals" challenge, a program designed to get more locally grown food into school cafeterias.

Bleckley School Nutrition Director Dr. Kathy Peavy was on hand to receive the honor, a news release states. 

The award was preented by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge and Agriculture Secretary Gary Black.  Bleckley participates in the "Feed My School For A Week" program in conjunction 19with the Georiga Department of Agriculture that features a week of Georgia Grown foods. 

This year, Bleckley Primary will have a week of locally grown/Georgia grown foods May 6-10.

To learn more about nutrition programs in Bleckley County, call the office at 478-934-2821.

BCHS HOSA Member To Attend National Convention

BCHS HOSA Member To Attend National Convention

The Bleckley County High School HOSA (Health Occupational Students Assocation) attended the state HOSA Leadership Conference this past weekend in Athens. 

Senior Ashley Burton placed first in sports medicine competition. 

As a result, Burton won $500 to compete at the HOSA National Convention June 26-29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Red Cross Struggling in Rural Counties

They're often the first people to respond when disaster strikes, providing food, shelter, and aid to victims and first responders.

But in Middle Georgia, American Red Cross leaders say they're desperate for help.

In fact, Peggy Bentz, who works at the Dublin branch says thirteen of their counties - Baldwin, Bleckley, Hancock, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Taylor, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson have zero volunteers.

Even Bibb County only has two, as does Crawford. Wilcox, Pulaski, Dodge, Wilcox, Jasper, and Johnson each only have one.

That means when fires or other disasters happen in those counties, instead having someone that can quickly get to the scene, they have to rely on the volunteers from Laurens County, which depending on the location, could take hours.

Church to Host Series on Living with Diabetes

Church to Host Series on Living with Diabetes

Cochran First United Methodist Church will host an educational and discussion series entitled "What do I do now" designed to answer the what, why, and how of living with diabetes. 

The three-part series will be presented by dietitian Maureen Stoy.  Dates are March 11, 18, and 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the social hall. 

First Unithed Methodist Church is located at 119 East Dykes Street.

Former Pro Wrestler to Speak About Health and Wellness at Cochran City Auditorium

Former Pro Wrestler to Speak About Health and Wellness at Cochran City Auditorium

Nikita Koloff, known as the "Russian Nightmare" in the 80's for the NWA, will be speaking at the Cochran City Auditorium on March 9 at 7 pm.  Koloff will speak on health and wellness.  The event is free and open to all.  To learn more about Koloff, visit his website.  The auditorium is located at 102 North Second Street.

PHOTOS | Flooding in Bleckley County

PHOTOS | Flooding in Bleckley County

Bleckley County has some high water in the area.

These photos, taken Tuesday morning, show the flooding in the Cotton Ridge area in Cary, Ga.

If you'd like to share your flooding photos, email them to whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

Raffle to Benefit Bleckley Woman in Need of Lung Transplant

Raffle to Benefit Bleckley Woman in Need of Lung Transplant

Nicole Rogers Little of Cochran has dealt with Cystic Fibrosis her entire life. 

She is currently in need of a double lung transplant.  A benefit raffle is on going with proceeds to go toward Little's medical expenses. 

Tickets are $10 each.  Prizes being raffled are as follows. 

First: 14-ft Aluminum Boat and Trailer.  Second:  A Bait Caster Rod and Reel Combo.  Third: A Zebco 33 Rod and Reel Combo.  Fourth:  A Rough Rider Skinning Knife with Sheath.  Tickets can be purchased at Scott's BBQ or at Sawyer Enterprises located at 146 East Dykes Street.  The drawing will be held at on March 17 at 6 pm at First Church of the Nazarene in Cochran.  Winner need not be present.