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Gordon College earns berth to NJCAA World Series

It's the final round of the NJCAA's East Central District baseball tournament. Middle Georgia forcing a second game with Gordon College after the Warriors eliminated Central State CC on Sunday then won 12-2 over the Highlanders in game one of the district finals. Winner heads to the JUCO World Series in Colorado. The Gordon College Highlanders are Colorado bound, they double up the Middle Georgia College Warriors 14-7.

Early Football Registration Open at Cochran-Bleckley Recreation Department

Early Football Registration Open at Cochran-Bleckley Recreation Department

The Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department is accepting early registration for football season now through August 17.  Cost is $55.  Late registration August 20-24 is $65.  No registrations will be accepted after August 24.  Parents should bring their child to register so they can be weighed and and sized for equipment.  A birth certificate is required for registration.  The draft will be August 28, opening day is scheduled for September 22.  Call the rec. department office at 478-934-3225 for more information.

UGA to Start Agriculture Leadership Program

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The University of Georgia is accepting
applications for the first-ever class of an agricultural leadership

The program -- called Advancing Georgia's Leaders in Agriculture
-- is part of the school's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It aims to educate and empower Georgia leaders to become effective advocates for the state's largest economic drivers: the agriculture and natural resource industries.

Participants will attend eight sessions held across the state
and will also travel to Washington, D.C., and abroad to study
Georgia's involvement with international trade.

The first class of 25 to 30 participants will be chosen through
an application and nomination process, which will begin this month. The application deadline is July 13. The program begins this fall.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Good News for Bleckley, Dodge and Pulaski schools

Good News for Bleckley, Dodge and Pulaski schools

How do high schools in Bleckley, Dodge and Pulaski Counties stack up against others in Central Georgia? According to the latest US News & World Report high school rankings, it’s mostly good news.

Bleckley County High School fell just shy of the College Readiness Top Ten for Central Georgia with a 10.5 score to grab the #11 spot. Adding to its trophy case, the school with almost 700 students also merited a National Bronze Recognition.

Bleckley Tennis Player Signs with ABAC

Bleckley Tennis Player Signs with ABAC

In the past five years, four Bleckley tennis players have continued their careers at ABAC.  Thursday, Ryan Rawls became the fifth player on that list. 

Rawls, the #3 singles player for Bleckley, had a 22-3 record this year.  His career record is 75-10.  Rawls was part of a boys team that won region and advanced to the AA final four, losing to Blessed Trinity in the semifinals. 

Eastman Career Center to Stay Open

The Eastman Career Center will now stay open even though the Georgia Department of Labor was set to close the career center along with six others, according to an Eastman Career Center news release.

This also means the eight employees will keep their jobs.

State Representative Jimmy Pruett from Eastman negotiated a deal for the center to remain open rent-free.

WMAZ reported in April that the Department of Labor was set to close the Eastman Career Center by July 1 after they decided not to renew career center leases due to budget cuts.

This means Eastman Career Center patrons will not have to make a 32-mile trip to the next nearest center in Dublin.

According to Lori Martel, Field Services Manager for the Eastman career center, they helped 834 people find employment in 2011.

Coaching Changes from Bleckley BOE Meeting

There were coaching changes involving both Bleckley County High School and Bleckley County Middle School coming from Tuesday's regulariy scheduled Board Of Education meeting.  Kathryn Land was hired as a cheerleading coach for BCHS.  Land's primary job will be competition coach, replacing Angela Jones.  Jones remains a teacher at BCHS and announced her resignation as coach to the squad in November.  Lynn Young and Jenny Brooks also return as cheerleading coaches for BCHS.

The board approved Bleckley Middle School's athletic staffing plan for 2012-13.  In that plan are a pair of new coaches.  Phillip Hart, BCMS baseball coach, will be the new Lady Barons softball coach.  Hart replaces Greg Collins, who remains a teacher at BCMS.  Jennifer Kitchens returns as assistant softball coach.