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"Royal Family" working to ensure students get fed.

"Royal Family" working to ensure students get fed.

In many Tweets, superintendent Dr. Steve Smith has referenced the "Royal Family." A look at volunteers helping out with school feeding during the COVID-19 shutdown was a demonstration of what he meant. Click here to view photos.

Portion of Cochran Short Route set to reopen soon.

For the past several months, people traveling from Cochran to Macon have had to take a detour when they’d reach Twiggs County. That’s because part of GA 87 past the intersection with GA 96 was closed after heavy rain had washed out a portion of the slope the road was on. A Tweet Tuesday by GDOT West Central said slope repairs were in the “home stretch.” Anchors and walers had been installed and the slope was being backfilled. ETA for project completion is end of April.

Called BOE meeting cancelled.

A called Bleckley Board of Education meeting scheduled for tomorrow night at 6 pm to vote on the bond resolution for local funding of the new primary school and athletic projects has been cancelled.

Bleckley Elementary staying connected with students despite school being closed.

Though COVID-19 has schools closed, it didn't stop Bleckley Elementary from having Art Day Friday thanks to social media. It's one of several things faculty have done to stay connected to students without getting to see them daily.  Click here for more.

City Hall to have modified hours starting Monday.

Beginning March 30, Cochran City Hall will only be open 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In an announcement posted both on the city website and Facebook page, residents are asked to call 911 in the event of an emergency during non-business hours and also says people can leave voicemails at city hall. Messages will be retrieved for staff on the next working day. According to the post, the modified hours will be in effect throughout the currently declared state of emergency or through April 15 at midnight, and could be extended or abbreviated based upon the changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis.

Red Cross Blood Drive April 3.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the main from of the Bleckley County Extension Office, 165 N. Peacock Street, on April 3 from 1 to 6 pm.  Call (478)283-5273 for more information.  Schedule your appointment online by going to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor keyword "cochran."

Updated State of Emergency declaration for Cochran and Bleckley County.

The City of Cochran and Bleckley County have updated the State of Emergency declared Tuesday. In a resolution posted on the city's Facebook page yesterday, it declares a public health state of emergency until April 15. Gatherings of ten or more people on property owned by the city or county are banned but doesn't prevent people from using designated pedestrian areas as long as there are no gatherings. Businesses such as gyms and nail salons are ordered closed. It closes restaurant dining rooms but does allow for drive through, carryout, or delivery services. Public and private gatherings outside houses are banned though it doesn't prohibit gatherings of people conducting "essential" business as designated by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, designated by the governor as "critical infrastructure", or the provision of medical and health services.