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Dodge, Pulaski Schools Make State's Focus List

Dodge, Pulaski Schools Make State's Focus List

The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of 156 schools labeled "focus schools" under the new accountability system.

In Dodge County, Dodge County High School made the focus list.

In Pulaski County, Pulaski County Elementary School also made the focus list. 

Royals Three-game Win Streak Ends at Dodge County

Royals Three-game Win Streak Ends at Dodge County

Bryant Trice gave Bleckley their only lead of the game on a two out, two-run home run in the second. 

They would not capitalize with the bases loaded in the third and a runner on with no outs in the fourth.  Dodge took advantage of BC errors in the fifth and sixth innings to build an 8-2 lead. 

Cochran Girl Receives Canine Assistant

Riley Edge from Cochran calls herself typical, but her parents say she's anything but.

"She's nine. She's a sweet girl. She's very smart and she has epilepsy," said her father Michael Edge.

Sasha Edge said "She's headstrong and determined. She's my hero."

Seizures often attack Riley. "She falls to the ground. She jerks. She draws her hands up. She kicks. Sometimes she can't breathe," said Sasha. That's why they want a dog with talents like the goldendoodle, Sundance.

A non-profit organization in Alpharetta trains dogs as canine assistants. They can alert care givers when seizures start and may even sense them coming.

"If it allows her just a little bit of freedom, where she can go to her room, read a book without us calling her name every minute of the day, it's worth it," said Sasha.

Bleckley Sweeps Season Series from Wilcox County

Bleckley Sweeps Season Series from Wilcox County

The Royals jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings on Frankie Lee Mullis' three-run home run en route to a 14-4 win at home Monday versus Wilcox County.  Bleckley capitalized on six walks and four errors by the Patriots. 

Bleckley Gets Walk-off Win Versus East Laurens

Bleckley Gets Walk-off Win Versus East Laurens

After scoring six times with two outs in the second to go up 7-5, the Royals would give up six in the fourth as East Laurens retook the lead.  Down 12-9 to begin the seventh, Caleb Slaughter was hit by a pitch.  He scored on a Ben Harris double.  Harris came home on an shortstop error with two outs on a ball hit by freshman pinch hitter Zac Evans.  Cal Young drew a bases loaded walk to tie the score.  Dylan Churchwell roped a hit deep into left field to give Bleckley a 13-12 walkoff victory.  The win came 11 walks and four errors.

Churchwell finished 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Harris was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.  Chastain Coleman finished 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.  BCHS hosts Wilcox County Monday.  JV play at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

Chambliss Meets With Georgians on Farm Bill

JESUP, Ga. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is asking for
feedback from Georgia growers as Congress prepares to draft a new farm bill.

Chambliss scheduled public forums Friday to talk with farmers in
Jesup and Tifton. The Republican senator serves on the Agriculture
Committee, making him a key player in negotiations on the bill that
provides government subsidies for American farmers.

State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black was expected to join
Chambliss in Tifton. Leaders of trade associations for farmers of
key Georgia crops, such as peanuts and cotton, planned to attend
both meetings.

Under pressure to reduce the federal deficit, Congress is poised
to make deep cuts in the 2012 farm bill. President Barack Obama
supports eliminating $5 billion in direct payments farmers receive
regardless of crop prices or yields.

Region 3-AA Pitcher of the Year Signs with GMC

Region 3-AA Pitcher of the Year Signs with GMC

Marlee Bryan became the second Lady Royal softball player this year to continue her career in college when she signed with GMC Wednesday. 

Bryan, the Region 3-AA Picher Of The Year, went 24-5 with a 1.17 ERA.  In 197 innings, she gave up 148 hits, 54 walks, and struck out 176.  Bryan also hit .346 with 17 RBI's and a .391 OBP.