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Dash Through Dodge Event Encourages Shopping Locally

A local program called Dash through Dodge in Eastman is hoping to get you to do some of your holiday shopping in locally-owned stores.

Shoppers went to one of the ten participating stores to pick up a what they call a passport and got it stamped.

Shoppers have to go to all ten stores to be able to enter into a $500 shopping spree at the end of the day.

Some local businesses who are involved said that this program is bringing more people into their stores and they are hoping those customers will stay and shop around.

"There's a lot of people vying for those dollars," said Marlas Williamson, owner of Southern Accents and Dirty Dawgz Pet Salon. "We wanna encourage people---hey, there's a lot of cool stores in Eastman, Georgia and we want your business."


Bleckley Sweeps Season Series from Hawkinsville

Bleckley Sweeps Season Series from Hawkinsville

Dewanda Blackshear scored eight of her 15 points in the first quarter and the Lady Royals had an 18-0 third quarter run as they again routed Hawkinsville 48-20.  Cam Tillman added 10 points.  The Royals had a 15-point lead in the third quarter but Hawkinsville stormed back with a 21-4 run.  In the fourth, the Red Devils led by four after hitting back to back threes.

BC answered with a 9-0 run.  HHS was got within 57-55 with under three minutes left.  Though going only 5-11 from the foul line, Bleckley held on 62-59.  Mario Beck had a double-double, 18 points and 15 boards.  Rydealous "Spud" Taylor added 10.  Marcus Mack had eight points with four steals.   BCHS travels to Northside Tuesday.  Tip time is 6 pm.

Allentown Post Office Could Close in February

13 Days of Giving: Ga. Canine Rescue Holding Food Drive for Pups

Thousands of homeless dogs face a certain death each year, but one Central Georgia groups works to save as many pups as possible.

Georgia Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation helped find homes for almost 3,000 dogs in the last two years.

Russell Diller came to the rescue in Cochran to pick up a new addition to his family.

"We recently lost a dog," he said. "It was a 17 year old male that had some medical problems and we had to put him down, so we were one short."

He says he made a special point to rescue.

"We wanted to save a dog's life instead of going out and purchasing one," said Diller.

After working at a local veterinarian's office where shelter dogs were euthanized, Heather Zaresky decided to open the rescue five years ago. First she ran it out of her home, then she moved to a former vet's office.

BCHS Splits Games with Houston County

BCHS Splits Games with Houston County

During the early days of their existance, Houston and Bleckley County were region rivals.   As Houston County grew, so did the high school.  It's now  4A, while BCHS remains in Class AA.  Despite the size difference, the two schools have met during basketball season at the Bear Brawl tournament.  Tuesday, HoCo and BC matched up in Cochran.

The Lady Royals fell behind 11-2 early and trailed by as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter.  BC trimmed 10 points off the final deficit as they lost 74-54.  Tia Troup had 14 points and Dewanda Blackshear scored 13.  A 9-0 run by the Royals to end the first half put them up 34-17 over Houston County.  Reserves played most of the fourth as Bleckley improved to 3-0 with a 54-45 win.  Mario Beck had 22 points and six rebounds.  Marcus Mack dished out five assists and had five rebounds to go with 7 points.  Ken Hughes had eight rebounds to go with 7 points.

College Hoops Scores For December 5

Here are college basketball scores involving area teams for Monday, December 5:


Middle Georgia College 62  Aiken Tech 52

Ft. Valley State 88  Stillman 87


Ft. Valley State 82  Stillman 58

BCHS Gets Road Sweep In Hawkinsville

BCHS Gets Road Sweep In Hawkinsville

Tia Troup had 18 points, and Myesha Moore added 11 as the Lady Royals won in Hawkinsville 67-32 Friday night.  Bleckley opened the game on an 11-0 run and led 18-2 after one quarter.  Marcus Mack scored the Royals first five points, and had a game-clinching layup in the waning seconds in a 56-49 win, completing the sweep. 

Mack had 13 points and 3 steals.  Ken Hughes scored 13 points with six rebounds.  Mario Beck scored 12 with nine rebounds. 

The Royals led for most of the game despite only shooting 34 percent from the field and going 11 of 28 (39 percent) from the line.

Bleckley hosts Houston County Tuesday.  Tip time is 6 p.m.