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Healthy Habits Program Gets Local Footing

Healthy Habits Program Gets Local Footing

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) received a grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a nutrition and physical activity program in Central Georgia, a Bright from the Start news release says.

Through the “Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits: Implementing Wellness Policies in Child Care Centers in Georgia,” Bright from the Start will provide 38 early care and education centers in 42 middle Georgia counties with assistance in developing and implementing wellness policies that encourage healthy eating and physical activity for children ages zero to five years.

The selected centers will receive up to $3,000 in the form of sub-grants to support wellness activities.

Drug Suspect Arrested After Escape from Dodge Jail

A drug suspect from Eastman was arrested Monday morning, more than two days after running out of the Dodge County jail.


A news release from the Dodge County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Joseph Phillips escaped from the jail around 6:15 p.m. Friday.


Jail officers chased Phillips for several blocks before somebody apparently picked him up in a vehicle, the release says.


He was arrested Friday and charged with selling cocaine, the sheriff's department says.


They say Phillips boarded a Greyhound Bus in Dublin Monday morning, apparently headed to Philadelphia, Pa., and he was arrested Monday at an Atlanta bus terminal.


He now faces additional charges of escape and obstruction, according to the news release.


BCHS Gets Second Sweep of Season Versus Howard

BCHS Gets Second Sweep of Season Versus Howard

Dewanda Blackshear scored the Lady Royals final four points as BCHS picked up their first win in three tries versus Howard 40-33.  Blackshear had 12 points.  Marcus Mack scored four of his 14 points in overtime as the Royals won versus the Huskies 54-48.  Ken Hughes had 14 points and five rebounds. 

Bleckley plays at Houston County Tuesday.  Tip time is 6 p.m.

Bleckley Splits Home Games with Dodge County

Bleckley Splits Home Games with Dodge County

The Lady Royals and Dodge County Squaws were tied at 14 after one quarter of play Friday.  DCHS went ahead on a 13-2 run.  Tia Troup's three with less than a minute left made it 27-19 DC at halftime.  Bleckley had a cold shooting second half scoring three points in the third, eight in the fourth.  Dodge won 50-30.  Troup had 12 points.

The Royals led 46-34 going into the fourth quarter of their game with Dodge on back to back three's by Marcus Mack.  It appeared BCHS would be again going through a fourth-quarter slump as they went almost five minutes without a basket.  However, free throw shooting, something the team had stuggled with at times this year, proved to be a strength.

12 Ways to Excel in 2012

12 Ways to Excel in 2012


The word of the year is “Excel.”  You can excel at anything that you set your heart to doing.  This year belongs to those who have believe in their dreams, and not only plan, but are willing to take action in turning their dreams and goals into reality.  

Here are a 12 ways to Excel in 2012. 

Central Georgians React to Verizon Wireless Outage

If you're a Verizon Wireless customer you may have felt out of touch Friday.

Cheryl Bloodworth says she was in town looking for bridesmaid dresses with her sister and aunt and couldn't get in touch with her groom.  "My phone wouldn't ring. I would try to call and it would go straight to his voicemail and when somebody would try to call me it would be very staticky; you couldn't hear anything." says Bloodworth.

Her phone wasn't the only one affected.  Representatives from Verizon Wireless say several cell towers in Central Georgia including ones in Warner Robins, Macon and Milledgeville were out of service.

Bloodworth says the disruption made it harder to plan her big day, because she relies on her cell for everything. "Emails, social networking, calls, text messaging--everything and if you don't have your cell phone and it goes out you're pretty much stuck." says Bloodworth.

BCHS Evens Subregion Record with Sweep of East Laurens

BCHS Evens Subregion Record with Sweep of East Laurens

Tia Troup had 18 points, Myesha Moore had 13, and Dewanda Blackshear added 12 as the Lady Royals rolled over East Laurens 62-41.  In the game, Bleckley led by as many as 20 in the first half and used a 12-2 third quarter run to put the game away when ELHS had gotten within 10. 

In boys action, East Laurens took their first lead since early in the third quarter 55-54 with 2:40 left.  Ken Hughes' three-point play with 53 seconds left put the Royals ahead.  Mario Beck's second dunk of the game with 35 seconds remaining sealed a 60-55 win.  Hughes had 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.  Beck scored 19 with eight rebounds.  Rydealous Taylor finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. 

Bleckley hosts Dodge County Friday.  JV tip at 4 pm with varsity to follow.