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GDOT suspending interstate lane closures for Labor Day weekend.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday the suspension of interstate highway construction-related lane closures starting at noon September 1 through 5 am September 5 to help ease traffic congestion during the Labor Day weekend. Drivers are reminded to exercise caution as crews still may work near state highways and safety concerns could require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route. Dial 511 for CHAMP service.

BCHS softball has little trouble with Taylor County.

Landa Dominy homered and Bailey Odom threw a one-hitter as Bleckley won 10-0 Monday at Taylor County in a matchup of former region opponents.  Odom was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI.  Dominy was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI.  Abbey Sims went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and Aliyah Whitehead was 2 for 3.  The Lady Royals host Dodge County August 31 at 5:3 pm.

Middle Georgia State adding Technical Writing and Digital Communications Graduation Certificate.

Middle Georgia State University will begin offering a graduate certificate in Technical Writing and Digital Communication this October. Recently approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the fully online program consists of 15 masters level hours. It's open to students who've completed their undergraduate degree or receive permission from the dean.

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Golf tournament will benefit church youth missions.

The Jimmy Hill Memorial Golf Tournament will be held September 16 at the Woods Golf Course in Cochran.  Cost is $10 per person for the four-person scramble with proceeds benefitting Mt. Calvary Baptist Church youth mission projects.  Tournament will be nine holes.  Meal at 4:30 pm, golf starts at 5:30.  Call the church office, (478)934-0810, or Charlie Thompson at the Woods, (478)934-0731, for more information.

Bingo night a regular thing at "the Tower."

Bingo night a regular thing at "the Tower."

If you drive through Cochran on the last Saturday night of the month, you'll likely see cars parked in front of Strong Tower Ministries.  That's because the last Saturday is bingo night.  From 6-8 pm, a free bingo game is held, complete with prizes.  Started in March, Pastor Chris Bambrough (who calls out the numbers) said the game was a community event.  Child care is available, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Services are held Sundays at 10:30 am, Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.  Lean more about Strong Tower by visiting their website.

BCHS races past Hawkinsville for first football win.

Nykeem Farrow had touchdown runs of 70 and 57 yards as part of a career best 218 on the ground.  Torenio Davis had a 29-yard touchdown catch.  Bleckley's defense forced four turnovers.  It was all part of a fast-paced night, the night Royal fans wanted, in a 36-0 shutout of Hawkinsville.

Read more, including thoughts from head coach Von Lassiter, here.  BCHS plays at Treutlen High School August 25 at 7:30 pm.

BCHS softball survives scare from East Laurens.

BCHS softball survives scare from East Laurens.

Bleckley took an 8-0 lead to the bottom of the fifth of yesterday's game at East Laurens.  The Lady Falcons scored one, keeping the game going.  Up 9-1 in the bottom of the sixth, EL scored five.  Things got really tight with two in the bottom of the seventh but the Lady Royals would hang on to win 9-8.  Bleckley committed five errors.  Emily Sanders went 2 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI.  Bailey Odom was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.  Jordan Williams went 1 for 2.

BCHS plays this Monday at Taylor County.  Game time is 5:30 pm.