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Middle Georgia State to hold informational session on upcoming graduate degree programs.

Middle Georgia State University will hold an informational session on their forthcoming Nursing and Informational Technology graduate degree program December 1 at 6 pm inside Russell Hall on the Cochran campus.  For more information, contact Kevin Cantwell, kevin.cantwell@mga.edu 

New program accepts food for library fines at Middle Georgia State.

Libraries at all five Middle Georgia State University campuses are rolling out a new program entitled "Food for Fines" that will help with students who have overdue library books. From now until the end of fall semester, the student can donate cans of new, unopened non-perishable food items and have the fine written off (IE: $3.20 fine, donate three food items.) The amount is rounded to the nearest dollar. Donations will go toward local food banks or Middle Georgia State's SHARE Pantries. Food for Fines does not apply to lost or damaged books. Credit for the program come from Dublin campus Library Assistant Valerie Godfrey.

If the drive is successful, MGA may consider making Food for Fines a regular event. To learn more, call Roberts Library in Cochran, (478)934-3179.

Another night to dodge balls.

Another night to dodge balls.

House of Grace church in Cochran held another dodgeball tournament Saturday night.  Two referees presided as teams went for balls placed in the middle of a marked court.  The goal was to eliminate as many of the other team members before the two minutes expired.  Twelve teams entered and approximately 150 people attended.

Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a church bus.

BCHS football players to be part of East-West all star game.

Selections for the annual East-West All Star Football Game were announced Thursday.  Three Bleckley County High School players will be part of the game.  Running back LaDarrick Vickers, defensive end Eddie Blash, and tight end Demarcus Ross.  The game will be December 19 with a 1 pm kickoff from the Ed Defore Sports Complex in Macon.

Bleckley Elementary holds Math and Science night.

Bleckley Elementary holds Math and Science night.

Bleckley County Elementary School held math and science night Thursday.  The annual event featured a number of stations where students could participate in math and science related activities including making an egg float and participating in a number based game of Twister.

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DOT announces upcoming suspension of construction related lane closures.

If you're going to be traveling during the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays, traffic will probably be a concern. One thing that won't be an issue is lane closures. The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Thursday that construction related lane closures would be suspended from November 25 at 5 am to November 29 at 10 pm on interstates major roads, and roads near shopping areas. This does not apply to any emergency lane closures that may be needed. The DOT reminds people that crews still may be working near highways and state routes and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place.

Bleckley Co. man dies in wreck due to rain

A 24-year-old man died Wednesday in a car accident that happened on Highway 87 near Bell Flower Drive in Cochran.

According to the Georgia State Patrol's accident report, Cesar Herrera Tapia was driving a 2003 Ford Mustang too fast on the road during heavy rain. He then struck a 1996 Nissan Truck being driven by 27-year-old Robert Martin, of Eastman, on the driver's side, the report said.

Tapia's car spun clockwise and was struck on the driver's side by a 1998 Jeep Cherokee being driven by 66-year-old William Smith of Cochran.

Tapia died at the scene, according to the state patrol.