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Used-Wallet Art Shows Triumph Over Unemployment

Heather Hutton teaches aircraft technology at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, but a 20-by-11-foot flag made of used wallets, hangs in Russell Hall as a testament to her abiding artistic side.

"It's outstanding! Awesome! Great! It's just unbelievable," said Colonel Al Danner when he first laid eyes on the artwork.

Hutton says the idea was born in 2009 when she lost her job and wound up homeless for a year and a half.

"If it weren't for some people that I didn't even know, some people coming out of the woodwork to put gas money in my truck, or offer me a free meal, or let me sweep the floors in a warehouse for petty cash, I wouldn't have made it," said Hutton.

She says she reached a point where she lost all hope that things would get better, and her wallet became a symbol after she closed her bank account.

"I looked down at my wallet and realized this was my self portrait. That I was empty both physically, emotionally, mentally."

Former Bleckley Kicker Gets Honorable Mentions for College Football Performance Awards

Former Bleckley Kicker Gets Honorable Mentions for College Football Performance Awards

The UMASS Athletics website announced Monday that former Bleckley and current Minutemen kicker Blake Lucas was amongst the honorable mentions for the College Football Performance Awards for kickers.  Lucas went 3 of 3 on field goals and also had an extra point in the Minutemen's 22-14 win Saturday at Akron.

He connected from 23, 26, and 35 yards and is now 5 of 6 on field goals this season.  To read the UMASS news release, click here.

Runnin' Royals Finish in Top Four at State

The BCHS Cross Country teams had a great day at Saturday's state finals held in Carrolton.  The boys finished third, the best in school history.  The girls finished fourth.

To read results via ga.milesplit.com click here.

Royals Clinch Home Playoff Game with Win at Northeast

Royals Clinch Home Playoff Game with Win at Northeast

Derrick Farrow had 116 yards on nine carries, and scored the opening and final Bleckley touchdowns, as the Royals won at Northeast Friday 28-20.  The win means Bleckley will host a home playoff game for the first time in school history. 

Ken Hughes added 58 yards on 12 carries.  Tavon Ross went 3 for 7 passing for 43 yards and one touchdown.  He also had a 26-yard touchdown run.  Head Coach Tracy White was happy with the win but knew they couldn't celebrate long.

"Words can't describe how proud I am of the coaches and the players.  I know our opponent is gonna be a tough one but we're just gonna enjoy tonight and go to work on Cook or Early tomorrow afternoon."

That opponent will be Early County November 16 in Cochran.



Farm Bill Could Hinge on Budget Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - A farm bill that stalled in Congress before the election could see quick action by the end of the year if congressional leaders decide they need its spending cuts to make a deal for averting the "fiscal cliff."


The farm bill passed by the Senate in June would save $23 billion over 10 years, while a version passed by the House Agriculture Committee in July would save $35 billion. The savings come from cuts to farm subsidies and food stamp programs.


That pot of money could be useful to lawmakers who will be scrambling in the year's final weeks to address the combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts due in January - dubbed the fiscal cliff because the combination could plunge the economy into another recession.

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Bleckley Royals Run for State Titles

This weekend, student athletes from across the Peach State will race for a state title during the Cross Country state championships.

Two teams vying for AA gold are the Bleckley County Royals boys and girls squad.

Last week, the Lady Royals won top spot in Region 4-AA for the 10th year in a row while the boys are trying to play catch up.

They won as well for only their 7th straight title.

Coach Shelly Cranford has trained runners for the past 24 years and he says this week with state on the line, he's expecting the best out of his teams for a championship finish.

The state meet is scheduled for Saturday morning at Carrolton High School.












MGC Warriors Roll To Easy Win

The Middle Georgia College Warriors got off to a slow start taking only a twelve point lead to half-time, but they outscored the Brewton-Parker JV Barons 47-24 in the second half to pull out an 87-52 win on Wednesday night at the Morris Gymnasium.

The Warriors were lead by Freshman Eddie Delegal who scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Terryhon Wright of Washington County added 12 points while Cortez Riley added 11 and Roshaun Milline added 10 points.

Jonathan Thomas lead the Warriors with 10 rebounds. Earl Lawrence dished out 8 assist.

The Warriors move to 3-0 on the season.

The Warriors travel to Aiken SC on Tuesday November 13th to play Aiken Tech @ 7:30pm

The next home game for the Warriors is Monday November 19th when the Warriors host USC-Salkehatchie at 7:30pm