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Softball Scores from October 4th

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Rutland                7

West Laurens     3    F

Crawford Co.       3

Putnam Co.         2    F

Empty Stroller Walk for SIDS Awareness Held

Empty Stroller Walk for SIDS Awareness Held

October is SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) awareness. 

The disease is especially devastating in the African-American community, claiming 16 percent of babies.  Thursday, Healthy Start of Dublin, South Central Health District, the Bleckley County Health Department, and several other organizations sponsored an empty stroller walk to promote SIDS awareness.

The event began on Ash Street with a ceremony that included the reading of a proclamation by Mayor William Basby (unable to attend due to interviews for a city manager) and an accoustic performance of "Jesus Loves Me."  The procession then made its way down Second Street, turning left, then going up Dykes Street, before ending up behind the police department on third street.

Lady Royals to Host Monticello for Region 4-AA Softball Title

Lady Royals to Host Monticello for Region 4-AA Softball Title

Bleckley will host Monticello Thursday at 5 p.m. for the Region 4-AA championship.  The Lady Canes won their semifinal series versus Crawford County 2-1.

Dodge Jail a Step Closer to Opening, Still Costing Taxpayers

It's been 17 months since construction finished up, but the new Dodge county Jail still has no inmates.

County leaders have struggled to find the funds to hire additional staff and purchase equipment needed to open up.

Even though the doors remain locked, that hasn't kept out the problems.

"What we do now is we're trying to just fix and stay ahead," says Sheriff Jeff Hinson.

Hinson says the contractors warranty ran out on June 15. Since then fixing issues like a leaky roof or a backed up water system come out of his budget.

"Having those kinds of problems already early on, I'm sure time we get in we'll have even more problems," he says.

It cost about $5 million initially in SPLOST money to build the jail, but even though it's sitting empty it still costs the taxpayers money.

The Sheriff's Office says since the warranty ran out they've paid a little more than $3,000 for repairs.

Lady Royals Advance to Region 4-AA Championship Game

Lady Royals Advance to Region 4-AA Championship Game

Monday was a long day at the ballfield.  On that, fans of Bleckley and Putnam would agree.  However, though both groups were tired, the Lady Royals and their supporters were a good kind of tired.  Because Bleckley had won both games of the Region 4-AA semifinals and will play for the championship Thursday.

The start was delayed over an hour due to field repair after a sudden downpour.  Game one saw the Lady Royals build a 5-3 lead but fail to capitaize on numerous scoring opportunities including leaving the bases loaded in the first inning.  Putnam tied the score at five in the sixth.  BCHS left runners at second and third in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Animal Welfare Director Brings 23 Years of Experience

From Mobile, Alabama, to Macon, Georgia, Sarah Tenon is the new Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter director.

She has more than 23 years of animal shelter and animal control experience, and she's ready to shake things up at the embattled center.

There's a fresh coat of paint in the foyer and bigger emphasis on cleanliness. 

These small details are part of a change at Macon Animal Welfare that includes welcoming Sarah Tenon, the new director.

"I started out in the United States Army as a vetenary specialist back in 1981, straight out of high school. I've worked at 5 different shelters, 3 different states," says Tenon.

The Hawkinsville native comes with 23 years of animal shelter and animal control experience.

"When you bring someone in that has no roots, I guess in the community, it's different. And she has roots in the community and I think it's going to be a good thing," says Director of Macon Purrs n' Paws Anne Brennaman.

BCHS Competition Cheerleaders Win West Laurens Raider Rumble

BCHS Competition Cheerleaders Win West Laurens Raider Rumble

Down to 13 girls due to injuries, BCHS did the best with what they had as they won the AA division of West Laurens Raider Rumble held Saturday at West Laurens High School. 

They were able to max out scores for areas such as tumbling and were given credit for level of difficulty in stunts. 

Bleckley returns to action in two weeks at Peachtree Ridge High School.