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An end to a messy tradition?

An end to a messy tradition?

For the past four yers, Bethany Baptist Church youth have traveled to 317 Jones Road in Cochran for the past four years on the last Wednesday in August for the Messy Olympics.

Started by former youth pastor Jim Ward, the tradition was continued by Jody and Becky Kirkpatrick when they became youth ministers in 2010.

The annual event was held Wednesday night. This year, a messy game of kickball complete with plastic tarps coated with flour and water and wading pools filled with different substances was the main event. But if next year's youth are to get messy again, it will be somewhere else.

Becky Kirkpatrick said they had resigned this past May and were staying on until someone new could be hired or the year was up. But she agreed it'd been a good ride for them and added "They're good kids."

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Bats come alive as BCHS rolls in region opener

Bats come alive as BCHS rolls in region opener

The Lady Royals had their best offensive output in nearly two weeks as they opened 4-AA play with an 8-0 home win versus Putnam County Tuesday afternoon.  

Faith Harris was 4 for 4. Allie Keel went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. Kendall Morton was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, including the game clinching hit in the sixth inning.

Region play continues Thursday as Bleckley takes on Crawford County. Game time is 5 p.m. at Gordon College.

BCHS suffers frustrating walkoff loss versus Schley County.

BCHS suffers frustrating walkoff loss versus Schley County.

The Lady Royals traveled to Ellaville Monday to take on Schley County.  Bleckley would be unable to capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities including a two on, one out situation in the fourth, and two on with two outs in the sixth.  The defense kept Schley off the board, working out of jams such as second and third with one out in the fifth.

Scoreless in the bottom of the seventh,  the leadoff batter bunted and was inside the baseline. There was no safety bag at first, so she was safe.  The next batter walked.  A double steal and runners were at second and third.  The next batter popped out.

Priest resigns from Dodge Catholic parishes, Diocese closes doors.


Catholics who worship at St. Mark Parish in Eastman and Holy Redeemer Parish in McRae will now have to drive about 35 miles to celebrate mass and receive communion.

The Diocese of Savannah announced Father Daniel Oghenerukevwe resigned from the two parishes.

Oghenerukevwe, commonly known as "Father Dan," was appointed to the position in January 2015.

The release states that Father Dan resigned, in part, because of "internal conflicts and discord that has existed in the communities in recent years."

Barbara King, Public Relations Director for the Diocese of Savannah, says Father Dan is not in question by the diocese and the parishioners from St. Mark's and Holy Redeemer are asked to pray about the situation.

August 22 Cochran Motor Speedway results.

***Results courtesy Willis Wombles*** Cochran racer Bubba Howell won Pure Stock Saturday night at Cochran Motor Speedway. Wiley McDaniel, JR, finished second followed by Josh Taylor. Jimmy Sharpe, Sr., won Late Model Feature followed by Keith Edge and Skip Pannell. Kyle Floyd won Super Street. Jason Floyd was second and Justin Sapp finished third. Cole Exum won Sportsman followed by Eric Baggett and Josh Taylor. In the Bomber feature it was Jeffery Yates followed by Dalton Poole and Chris Sanders. Ridge McCoy won Jr. Enduro. Will Fordham finished second, Taylor Herrindine was third.

Races resume August 29 as drivers prepare for the Second Annual Georgia Showdown September 5. Visit www.cochranspeedway.com for more information.

BCHS softball splits games at Crisp Watermelon Classic

BCHS softball splits games at Crisp Watermelon Classic

The Lady Royals softball team traveled to Cordele this weekend for the Watermelon Classic hosted by Crisp County High School.

Friday night saw the end of Bleckley's five-game losing streak with a 6-0 win versus Hawkinsville. Taylor Dykes went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Aliyah Whitehead was 2 for 3. BC then defeated host Crisp County 4-1.  Faith Harris was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Dykes went 1 for 2. 

Saturday did not go as well.  

BCHS lost to Tift County 3-2. Abby Simms was 1 for 2 with 1 RBI and Jordan Williams was also 1-2. Against Seminole County, five unaswered runs by the Lady Indians was too much to overcome in a 6-2 loss. Harris was 1 for 2 with a triple.

Bleckley travels to Schley County Monday. Game time is 5 p.m.

First half turnovers sink BCHS in season opener

First half turnovers sink BCHS in season opener

After two weeks of scrimmages, it was time for Bleckley to begin football season. Friday night, the Royals opened at Dodge County. The Indians won in Cochran 35-10 last year.

Already down 7-0, BCHS had turnovers on five consecutive possessions. A fumbled kickoff, an interception, a muffed punt, an interception returned for six points, and another fumbled kickoff. Two of the three fumbles were inside the Royal 20. Dodge would score 28 points off turnovers to take a 35-0 lead into the half.

BC's only offense came in the third when Justin Rozier recovered a fumble after a recpion and carried it six yards for a score. Dodge went on to win 42-7. The Royal offense had just 136 total yards, including 77 on the ground. Freshman Nykeem Farrow had eight carries for 32 yards. LaDarrick Vickers carried the ball nine times for 26 yards.

Bleckley's home opener is August 21 against Hawkinsville. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.