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Mobile COVID-19 testing site at health department Friday.

The South Central Health District will have a mobile COVID-19 testing site at the Bleckley County Health Department July 10 from 9 am to 1 pm. No referral needed, drive up, remain in your car to be tested. Please wear a mask to the test. The health department is located at 162 North Eighth Street. Call (478)275-6570 for more information.

Five BC Cheerleaders among GCCA top 30.

Five BCHS cheerleaders are among 30 in classes 1A through 4A chosen as finalist for the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association Cheerleader of the Year. Each nominee had to have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be able to tumble. The nomination process consisted of an essay and two letters of recommendation. The five finalists are: Abbi Belflower, Abigail Kirkland, Caroline Pittman, Jayda James, and Shy Chambers. Tryouts for the All State Squad, which will consist of an interview and exhibition, will be August 1. Details are still being finalized.

City resuming cutoff of utilities on delinquent accounts July 23.

The City of Cochran announced last week disconnection of utilities on delinquent accounts would resume July 23. Cutoffs had been suspended since March due to COVID-19. A post on the city Facebook page states payment arrangements may be considered on a case by case basis.

Free boxes of produce to be given away at BCMS July 7.

The USDA Farm to Families program will be supplying the Bleckely County School Nutrition Department with boxes of produce to be distributed to the community.  Pickup will be July 7 from 10:15-11:30 am at the BCMS bus ramp.  Supplies limited.  Distribution will continue weekly through August 4.  Organizations wishing to help with distribution should email Kelli Green (kgreen@bleckleyschools.org), (478)934-2821, ext. 1400.

Cochran Speedway to hold races with fans in attendance this weekend.

Cochran Motor Speedway will hold their first races in over a month this weekend with the “Fourth of July Sparktacular” July 3 and 4. Practice laps will be on the third starting at 7 pm, races the next evening with fireworks after dark. The event will be held with fans in attendance, ticket prices have been listed for both nights. It will be the first races held with fans in attendance since March.

GDOT to restrict construction-related lane closures for Fourth of July weekend.

To alleviate Fourth of July weekend traffic, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced it would suspend construction-related lane closures on interstate highways and limit lane closures that directly serve major tourist and recreation centers starting at noon on July 2 going through July 5 at 10 pm. As per usual, the department reminds motorists that crews may still work in close proximity to some highways, and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.

Middle Georgia State releases return to campus plan.

Middle Georgia State University plans to resume in-person classes August 12. The university published a “Return to Campus” plan yesterday. It includes processes for employees at high risk or those caring for someone at risk to request to work at home, sanitation practices, as well as “strongly encouraging” the use of face coverings. To read the plan, click here.