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Bleckley Finishes Tops in 3B-AA with Win at Dodge County

Bleckley Finishes Tops in 3B-AA with Win at Dodge County

They say "the third time's the charm."   Going into Tuesday's final regular season game, Dodge County had won both games against Bleckley this season.  The Royals would pick up a win when it helped them the most.  Up 3-2 after one inning, Ben Harris' RBI single made it 4-2.  Pitching would then take over.  Dylan Churchwell got out of a bases loaded, no outs jam in the bottom of the third.  After five innings, play was stopped due to lightning being detected in the area.  Once things began, Bleckley appeared ready to expand their lead  with runners at second and third, just one out.

Dodge Commissioners: We don't know when jail will open

Dodge Commissioners: We don't know when jail will open

It has been a hot topic in the meetings of the Dodge County Commissioners for more than a year - when will the new jail open?

With warranties due to run out on equipment at the still-empty facility located in the industrial park in Eastman - about a mile and half away from the center of downtown - Dodge County Sheriff Jeff Hinson and his department are eager to see the doors open to the 'mini-prison.'

The Dodge County Board of Commissioners say that they want the same thing, but some are thinking that alternative measures can be made to save costs. Commissioner Terry Niblett says he hopes the jail will be open before the end of the year. Click here for more on the story.

New Jail in Dodge Still Sits Empty

New Jail in Dodge Still Sits Empty

Just on the edge of the city of limits of Eastman, on a several-acre plot, divided from the rest of the world by trees, sits a brand new building designed to be high-tech and extremely secure.

The air-condition and heating systems run consistently during the correct seasons to keep the building from experiencing any kind of temperature damage.

An advanced security system, with high-quality cameras, monitors every movement in the building.
 

Birago Blackshear Sentenced to 25 Years

Correction: This story originally incorrectly described the charges that Blackshear pleaded guilty to. They are: voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 A Hawkinsville man who admitted killing his ex-girlfriend last year was sentenced to 25 years in prison today.

Birago Blackshear pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Superior Court today to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was accused of shooting 18-year-old Ashton Bartlett last June.

Judge Sarah Wall sentenced him to serve 20 years on the manslaughter charge and five on the weapons charge.

Jury selection for Blackshear's murder trial was scheduled to begin today.

District Attorney Tim Vaughn said he agreed to let Blackshear plead guilty to the lesser charge in order to guarantee a heavy jail term.

Apps Help Fight Sexual Violence

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rates of sexual assault and dating violence.

One in five women in college will be a victim. That's why last year, a nation-wide challenged developers to create phone apps that could help lower that statistic.

Circle of 6 and Watch Me 911 are winners of the White House-sponsored Apps Against Abuse technology challenge. At a few taps of the screen, they connect you with a group of trusted friends and family to let them know where you are and if you need help.

They can also connect you with 911 or victims advocacy groups like Crisis Line and Safe House. Sexual assault advocacy program director Dottie Stafford says a phone app might not be the magic solution for dangerous situations, but it's an additional tool that can help.

Royals Close out Home Regular Season with Win Versus East Laurens

Royals Close out Home Regular Season with Win Versus East Laurens

Friday's regular season home finale for Bleckley was extra special.  Not only was it senior night, a win meant the Royals were guaranteed second in 3B-AA and Tuesday's game at Dodge County would be for the subregion championship.  Up 1-0 in the fourth, Cal Young's two-run single made it 3-0.  One batter later, Young would come home on a Bryant Trice two-run home run with two outs.  ELHS tried to rally in the seventh, capitalizing on three Royal errors.  BCHS would hang on for a 5-2 win.

Young finished 2 for 3.  Chastain Coleman was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.  Dylan Churchwell was 2 for 3 with a double.  Monday's game at Jeff Davis has been moved to 5:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Bleckley and Dodge will square off in Eastman for top seed in the upcoming region playoffs.  It will be varsity only and start at 6 p.m.

Book Characters on Parade at Bleckley Primary School

Book Characters on Parade at Bleckley Primary School

Bleckley Primary School students have had their noses in books the past two days.  Thursday evening, the school had a family reading night.  Friday afternoon was the annual book character parade.