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College Basketball Scores from January 16th



MGSC                               88

Andrew College               40


CGTC                                86

S. Georgia Tech                68




Deputy: Lt. Cotton Saved Lives in 1998 Hostage Crisis

Central Georgia law officers are still remembering a man who put his life on the line to keep others safe.

As we told you yesterday, Lieutenant Mark Cotton was just 49 years old when he died Sunday.

RELATED | Obituary for Lt. Mark Cotton

An autopsy said he suffered a "cardiac event" due to an enlarged heart. 

Today, Marvin Giddens told Judy Le that Cotton saved his life during a hostage crisis on July 5th 1998, a date he'll never forget.

"I know that date would've etched on my headstone if Mark Cotton hadn't been there. I just hated when I heard the news about Mark Cotton. I feel like I owe my life to him," Giddens says. "Mark Cotton didn't put his name and the word hero in the same sentence. So now in his passing do I feel safe doing that."

Watch the attached video for more.

Second Half Again Key as BCHS Sweeps Monticello

Second Half Again Key as BCHS Sweeps Monticello

Cam Tillman had 11 of her season high 17 points in the first half as the Lady Royals led 29-24 versus Monticello.  A 10-point third quarter lead was down to six going to the fourth.  Dewanda Blackshear scored five of her 13 points early to push the lead over 10.  BCHS went on to a 58-44 win.  Tia Troup also had 13 including five in the first quarter.

Ken Hughes had nine of the Royals 16 points in the first half.  The tempo increased in the third as BCHS used a full court press.  An 11-point lead was quickly 17 in the fourth when Rydealous Taylor hit consecutive three-point shots.  Taylor went 3 for 3 from three in the fourth.  He finished with 13 points as BCHS won 54-37.

Hughes finished with 17. Mario Beck scored 15.  JV tip at 5 when BCHS travels to Northeast Friday. 

Varstiy games start at 7 p.m.

Soccer Registration at Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department to Begin Thursday

Soccer Registration at Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department to Begin Thursday

Registration for 2013 soccer at the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department runs January 17-February 4. 

Cost is $45 per child, $40 per additional child. 

Age groups (which are subject to change depending upon level of participation) are 4-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-13.  In an email sent out Tuesday announcing the information, the rec. department asks that coaches interested please sign up early. 

For more information, call 478-934-3225.

BCHS Stays Hot in Region with Sweep at Lamar County

BCHS Stays Hot in Region with Sweep at Lamar County

Region play continued Friday as BCHS traveled to Barnesville to take on Lamar County.  The Royals entered the contest at 4-0 in the region, the Lady Royals 3-1.

Leading 24-20 at halftime, Tia Troup had a pair of three's and Dewanda Blackshear scored six as BC extended to a 43-29 lead going to the fourth.  It grew to 20 but the Lady Royals went without a basket over the final four minutes.  They still won 53-44.  Troup scored 17.  Blackshear had 10, all in the second half.

The Royals had a 22-20 lead at halftime.  Mario Beck (who saw limited first half minutes due to foul trouble) and D'Andre Pitts had back to back three's as part of a 19-2 run.  Up 16 in the fourth, they went on to a 56-37 victory.  Beck scored 18 of his 21 in the second half, including the last Bleckley points.  Ken Hughes had a season high 17.

BCHS hosts Monticello Tuesday.  JV Boys play at 4:15 pm with varsity to follow.

No Smoke Detector Found After Fatal Cochran Fire

Officials are investigating a fatal Bleckley County fire that happened early Thursday morning. 

Glenn Allen, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Insurance, tells 13WMAZ that one person was killed in a fire at 147 Hudson-Jones Road in Cochran. 

He identified the victim as 67-year-old Larry Elwynn Libby. He was a retired teacher.

Allen said the cause is unknown, but the cause is not believed to be suspicious.

He said the fire apparently started in the living/dining room area, and there was no sign of a working smoke detector in the home.

Allen said he is the ninth fatality in the state in 2013.

That includes the four children who died in a Conyers fire this week. There was also no working smoke detector in that home.

Allen says no one else was in the house at the time.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Leadership Dodge Attends Team-Building Session

Leadership Dodge Attends Team-Building Session

Leadership Dodge Attends Team-Building Session

On January 8, 2013, the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce held the initial Leadership Dodge session for the class of 2013 with a focus on team-building. Facilitated by Jim Lovett of Georgia Power Company, the class was presented with an overview of economic development, challenged to examine the assets and changes facing Dodge County, and to suggest possible solutions. Role-playing exercises further enhanced the session by challenging the class to develop real-life cooperative strategies for dealing with scenarios faced by city and county officials, governmental agencies, and community organizations.  Throughout the session, Lovett reiterated the importance of community volunteerism and involvement.