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Bleckley Student Athletes Sign Scholarships

Double the smiles are in order for a couple of Royal student athletes who made their college plans official. Two Bleckley County students signed letters of intent on Friday. Baseball player Ben Harris inked a deal with ABAC in Tifton. Harris hit an amazing.338 with a slugging percentage of .405 and Jacob Waters signed to battle on the pitch with Darton College. Waters is the first Bleckley County soccer player to sign an athletic scholarship. The senior had 15 goals this season, including three hat tricks.  

PHOTO CREDIT: David Whitaker, Bleckley Progress 

Bleckley Athletes Receive Region Player of the Year Honors

Bleckley Athletes Receive Region Player of the Year Honors

Four BCHS athletes were voted players of the year at their position by coaches in 3-AA at post-season meetings. 

Pitcher Kace Kirkpatrick was named pitcher of the year. 

Chastain Coleman, a two-year transfer from Pierce County, was named player of the year. 

For soccer, Blake Lucas was named 3-AA Player Of The Year.  Keeper Marcus Mack was the defender of the year.

Woman Dies in Eastman House Fire

A 67-year-old woman died in a house fire in Eastman early Sunday morning.

That's according to Dodge County Coroner, Joe Smith.

Smith says it happened on Bacon Avenue. He says 67-year-old Joyce Paul was taken to the Dodge County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Smith says Paul's son, Greg Purvis, called in the fire around 12:30 a.m. He says Purvis woke up from the flames and tried to break into his mother's bedroom window, where she was, at the time of the fire.

He says crews fought the blaze from 12:30 to around 3:15 a.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Bleckley Man's Legacy Continues

Bleckley Man's Legacy Continues

Jack Miller was the type of fella who didn't meet a stranger - everyone he met became a friend in an instant, it seemed.

The owner of Sand Hill Feed and Pet Supplies was in the middle of doing what he loved to do May 9, Wednesday - working - when he started feeling bad. He went to sit down on a stool at the counter, and his wife, Edna said, "He hit the ground."

In spite of admirable rescue efforts by a friend and local ambulance service, Jack Miller died of a mass heart attack.

His wife and daughter have been overwhelmed with kindness of "strangers" and have decided to continue his legacy. For more on the story, click here.

Bleckley Athletes Make College Commitments

Bleckley Athletes Make College Commitments

Two BCHS athletes ensured they would play their respective sport at the next level as both signed with colleges Friday.  Ben Harris, who played left field, signed to play baseball at ABAC. 

Harris hit .338 in 24 games with an OBP of .395 and slugging percentage of .405. 

That same day, Jacob Waters became the first BCHS soccer player to sign with a college as he committed to Darton College in Albany.  Waters had 15 goals this season. 

Included in the 15 were three hat tricks, the third coming during Bleckley's first round state playoff win versus Pike County.

Y96 Raises Money in Radiothon for Children's Miracle Network

You still have time to help out the folks at Y96 Radio as they raise money for the Children's Hospital of Central Georgia.

This is the second day for the Y96 Radiothon which finishes up Wednesday afternoon. Last year the station raised $29,000 for Children's Miracle Network.

Disc jockey Lee Fountain says the cause is close to her heart.

"Sometimes, it can get really hard on you to talk about the stories that are going on, but you have to remind yourself it's really hard on the parents upstairs, too, that have to stay in this hospital and that are treated everyday and the nurses and staff. It's a child-friendly environment," Fountain explained.

Bleckley Soccer Team Falls in Second Round of State

Bleckley Soccer Team Falls in Second Round of State

For the first 80 minutes, soccer fans sat breathlessly inside Royal Stadium as Bleckley and AA defending champion Westminster battled to a scoreless tie.  Neither would score in a pair of five-minute overtime sessions.  That would mean penalty kicks.  BCHS would miss their first but make the next four.  Those scoring were:  Jacob Waters, Blake Lucas, Marcus Mack, and Thomas Lopez.

Westminster made all five,  Marshall Glover had the game winner.  The Royals finish 10-4, 8-2 in Region 3-AA.  This year's senior class finishes with two region titles, a region runner up, and three state playoff appearances.