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Brigham Leads Com South Classic

Cory Brigham shot a 63 in the opening round of the ComSouth Classic at Southern Hills Golf Club in Hawkinsville and led by one stroke when play was suspended due to darkness on Thursday.

Brigham, of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., had five birdies on the outward nine and added two more birdies and an eagle on the inward side to take the clubhouse lead. The former Maryland Terrapin finished the opening round ahead of two former SEC stalwarts, Reid Edstrom and Kyle Ellis.

Edstrom, of Auburn, Ala., started the day with a bogey, but the Auburn alumnus had seven birdies and an eagle over his final 17 holes to finish with a 64 in the first round of the $200,000 event.

Ellis, of Senatobia, Miss., got off to an up-and-down start, recording three birdies, one bogey and one double bogey in the first five holes.
However, the Ole Miss product recorded an eagle and five birdies over the final 11 holes to grab a share of second with a opening-round 64.

Bleckley Native Climbing the Ranks in Golf World

This week, you can see some of the future stars on the PGA at Southern Hills Golf Course just outside of Hawkinsville.

The Hooters Tour rolled into town earlier this week.
Think of it as the AA equivalent to baseball and the MLB.

Rookie Joe Young sure has home course advantage.

The guy grew up in Cochran, went to Bleckley High School, and had a great career at Georgia College.

In fact, his caddie for the next few days is a former Bobcat teammate.

Young is paying his dues, but he's had some success right out of the gate. He won the Hooters Tour Carolina Summer Series.

Getting ready for football: Royals hold "Meet The Players"

Getting ready for football: Royals hold "Meet The Players"

School in Bleckley County starts on August 11.  The Royals will travel across the river to scrimmage longtime rival Hawkinsville the following night.  Football season  will soon be here.  Friday night, a pre-season tradition occurred in the BCHS Cafeteria as "Meet The Players" was held.  Players, coaches, and their families enjoyed a covered dish dinner, saw the coaching staff and players introduced, and learned about the touchdown club.

Activities then moved over to Royal Stadium.  Player moms, under the watchful eye of head coach Sam Barrs, lined up at their son's position and did a walkthrough of a play.  Players then took the field for an inter-squad scrimmage.  Friday night's action was just the tip of what Royal fans will be a great football season.

Habitat for Humanity Provides Home to Single Dad of Five

"It's a dream come true," says Tim Skeens.

Skeens is a single father of five and a maintenance worker for Dodge County.

His sister Melissa Jump calls him an "awesome father, awesome person, and a hardworking man."

She says he's always been there for his children, especially when he and his wife separated when his youngest girls were only six months old.

She says she's been praying for years, "that they would have a good stable home that they can call their own."

That day finally came.  The Skeens family received a house from Habitat for Humanity.

Larry Haley, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity for Dodge County says, "That's what Habitat is all about: providing affordable, decent housing for those in need."

The home the Skeens family received was once a foreclosure taken over by a national bank.  The bank donated it to Habitat for Humanity.

How to Contact Your Congressmen

If you are interested in contacting a Georgia congressman, you can call their Washington D.C. offices at these phone numbers.

Representative Jack Kingston, who represents Telfair and Wheeler Counties, can be contacted at (202) 225-5831.

Representative Sanford Bishop, whose district includes Peach, Crawford, and several central Georgia counties, can be contacted at (202) 225-3631.

Representative Austin Scott's contact number is (202) 225-6531. His district includes Macon and Warner Robins.

Representative John Barrow's contact number is (202) 225-2823. He represents the city of Milledgeville.

If you would like to contact a U.S. Senator, you can dial (202) 224-3521 to contact Senator Saxby Chambliss.

You can also contact Senator Johnny Isakson at (202) 224-3643.

Bleckley Contributor of the Week Visits 13WMAZ

To thank Dave Whitaker for his contribution to Where You Live Bleckley-Dodge-Pulaski, we invited him to join us on the set!

Hear what he has to say about posting to our Where You Live site.

Thanks Dave, for being eyes and ears in Bleckley!

If you'd like to contribute to the site, email whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

Lady Royals preparing for 2011 softball season

Lady Royals preparing for 2011 softball season

The Lady Royals softball team has been busy preparing for the 2011 season.  Bleckley is coming off its best finish since moving to fastpitch when they advanced to the sweet 16 in 2010.  This year's team will be different as there's a new head coach in Janice Bryan and three starters gone due to graduation.  BCHS has been playing in scrimmage tournaments.  It gives players practice time against someone besides their teammates and allows Bryan and assistant coach Teresa Long an opportunity to evaluate talent.