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Former Inmate Speaks to Bleckley Youth About Choice and Consequence

Former Inmate Speaks to Bleckley Youth About Choice and Consequence

Chris Sandy was an average 22-year old in 2000  He liked hanging with friends, playing sports, generally enjoying life.  One night in April changed his life forever.  That night Sandy, who had four consecutive drinks, was speeding down a backroad outside Atlanta when he hit a car, killing both passengers.  Sandy spent eight and a half years in prison.  He now speaks to groups about his choice and the consequences that resulted, in the hopes no one else will make his mistake.

Sandy was in Cochran Wednesday.  Sponsored by Family Connection and Communities in Schools of Bleckley County, he was at the First Baptist Church Hangar (a building for youth activities) in a gathering of teens and parents.  Sandy shared his story, some of the consequences such as not being allowed to drive, and how he was trying to make the most of what he saw as a second chance by Jesus because he survived the wreck.

Athlete of the Week: Dominic Ligon

Dominic Ligon is just hours away from the biggest game of his life. A game he has loved since he was very young."It's just the game itself, been playing all my life, so it's all I know", said the senior.Dominic is the 6th man on the 28-3 Bleckley County Royals and willing to help his team any way he can.

Hawkinsville Family Wants Their Missing Teen To Return Home

The Hawkinsville community is talking about a 16-year-old girl who's been missing for nearly two weeks.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Office in Eastman says they believe Madison Conner ran away on her own free will. But normally, we don't report on missing person cases, unless law enforcement tells us that the person is somehow at risk. 

However, we took another look at Madison Conner's case because so many people are asking about her and because some of them are questioning what authorities are saying about the case.

GBI says the Madison Conner case is a top priority that everyone in their office is working on. 

"We believe that that's a dangerous spot for any child," said Todd Lowery of GBI's Eastman Office. "But we don't have any evidence that she was abducted or that any type of foul play was in her disappearance, we believe she ran away from home." 

 

Central Georgia Flood Warnings

There are flood warnings in effect for parts of the Ocmulgee River due to recent heavy rains. Although these warnings are issued for an entire county, the impacts are limited to areas right along the river.

Ocmulgee River near Abbeville
Flood warning for the Ocmulgee River in Dodge, Telfair and Wilcox Counties until further notice.

At 4:00 Thursday morning the stage was 12.5 feet and falling. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. Minor flooding will continue for a few days. Roads to homes along the west side of the river in Abbeville may be inaccessible. The river is expected to drop below flood stage by tonight.

Ocmulgee River near Lumber City
The flood warning for the Ocmulgee River in Montgomery, Telfair and Wheeler Counties has been canceled.

Bleckley, Wilcox eye State Championship

The GHSA boys and girls basketball finals tip off Thursday, and one half of the Class A Public matchup is Wilcox County. The Patriots return to the championship game for the first time since 1968.

It's their first return to the postseason since 2011. Under the direction of George Kennedy, the boys team had to forfeit a playoff appearance during last years playoffs per the county superintendent for several player rules violations.

This year the scrappy bunch from Rochelle are making up for lost time with a 23-4 overall record, including a win last Friday night over Portal in the final four hosted at Fort Valley State.

Just down the road over in Class AA, Bleckley County has landed a spot in the finals Friday night. Coach Clifford Kerbo's Royals are 28-3 this season. Heralded by 8 seniors, the purple and gold boasted a 20 game winning streak during the year.

MGSC Defeats Georgia Perimeter in Region Tournament Opener

MGSC Defeats Georgia Perimeter in Region Tournament Opener

D'Angelo Johnson scored ten of his team-leading 13 points in the second half as Middle Georgia State College advanced in the Region 17 tournament with a 61-47 win at home Tuesday versus Georgia Perimeter. 

Cochran's Joey Harris had 11 with eight rebounds.  MGSC plays at top seed East Georgia College Friday.

MGSC Defeats Georgia Perimeter in GCAA Tournament

The Middle Georgia State men's basketball team topped Georgia Perimeter Tuesday night in the first round of the GCAA Tournament.

The Warriors won 61-47 at Morris Gymnasium.