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Bleckley Soccer Sweeps Home Matches from Jefferson County

Bleckley Soccer Sweeps Home Matches from Jefferson County

Ashley Burton scored both Lady Royal goals, at 18:57 of the first and 28:57 of the second, in a 2-0 victory.  Thomas Lopez scored at 38:09 of the first for the Royals.  Blake Lucas' penalty kick at 38:27 of the second broke a 1-1 tie. 

Abducted Dodge County Infant Found Safe

GBI has been coordinating with the grandparents, his legal guardians, and child protective services to get the baby back today.

GBI says they expect additional charges against the mother and boyfriend. Maskill already faces charges of kidnapping and interference with child custody. Johnson has an arrest warrant for aggravated child molestation.

The GBI says the baby taken from Dodge County Thursday morning has been found safe in Mississippi.

Agents made that announcement around 11:20 a.m. Friday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation activated the state's Levi's Call system for an infant missing from Dodge County on Thursday.

Region 3-AA Special Teams Player of the Year Signs with UMass

Region 3-AA Special Teams Player of the Year Signs with UMass

Bleckley kicker Blake Lucas signed a letter of intent with the University Of Massachusetts Friday.  Lucas was named Region 3-AA Special Teams Player Of The Year.  He completed 27 of 27 PAT's and was 7 of 9 on field goals under 45 yards with a 47-yard career long. 

He averaged 67 yards per kickoff.  For his career, Lucas was 83 of 84 on PAT's, 72 percent on field goals, and scored 140 points.

Hawkinsville Teen Maze Teaches Consequences

Middle and high School students in Pulaski County got a crash course through a maze of life's tough decisions.

Kids drew a card out of a bag at each station in the maze. The slip took them down a different path of life with new consequences.

Some students, like eighth grader Alena Smith, experienced the weight of teen pregnancy and never made it to the finish line, graduation.

Other kids landed behind bars, some learned the truth about sexually transmitted diseases, and a few had to stare death in the face at a mock funeral.

Smith says, "I've learned that choices really do make a difference, and I have the power to control my life. It's not just what peer pressure says."

BCHS Soccer Teams Swept at Home by Dublin

BCHS Soccer Teams Swept at Home by Dublin

Jacob Waters goal at 16:10 of the second half tied the score at 1 versus Dublin.  It would remain tied through the end of regulation and two five-minute overtime periods.  In penalty kicks, Waters, Thomas Lopez, and Marcus Mack all scored.  The Irish also connected on three of five pk's.  That sent the game into sudden death penalty kicks.  Bleckley missed their first, Dublin connected, as the Royals lost 5-4.

Report Says Dublin's Federal Court Could Close

A federal agency says the government could save money by closing up to 60 federal courts, including one in Dublin.

The report says Dublin's courthouse is one of the 10 most likely to close nationwide, based on its location and caseload.

The Associated Press says a report by the federal agency puts courts in 29 states on the chopping block, many in rural areas.

But critics say that could make it more difficult for people to get to court.

Also proposed for closing are the courts in Athens, Waycross, Valdosta and Statesboro.

Six of the 60 court sites that could be closed are in Arkansas. Texas and Georgia each have five sites. Officials are even considering shuttering the court site in Alaska's capital city, Juneau.

Bleckley BOE Approves Changes to Football Coaching Staff

Bleckley BOE Approves Changes to Football Coaching Staff

The Bleckley Board of Eduaction approved the hiring of two football coaches at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night.  Ray Hardin comes to Cochran from West Laurens where he was on the defensive staff.  Brad Harber coached tight ends and tackles at Dublin.