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Bleckley Preps for Northeast in Season Finale

This Friday night, wraps up the regular season for high school football. And Central Georgia teams are looking to end the year with wins, so they can better their positioning with seeding for the playoffs.

One of matchups, are the Raiders and Royals. Bleckley County (7-2) travel to take on the Raiders (8-1) for the sole posession of second place in region 4-AA.

First year head coach Tracy White and his squad are fresh off a 65-13 win over Monticello and say a win this Friday night is a huge step in the right direction for their program.

One common factor for both teams, they both suffered losses to Region Champ Lamar County.

Game time is Friday night at 7:30 in the confines of Thompson Stadium.

Royals Run Over Monitcello to Close Home Regular Season

Royals Run Over Monitcello to Close Home Regular Season

BCHS had 415 yards, 368 rushing, as they pounded Monticello 55-13 Friday to close out the home regular season.  Senior Derrick Farrow made it a memorable senior night by scoring four touchdowns and gaining a career high in yarrds, 175 on five carries.  Fellow senior Ken Hughes had 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 

He went for 68 yards on six carries.  Jeremy Marshall had a 61-yard touchdown run.

Bleckley's defense held the Hurricanes to 132 total yards, 90 rushing. 

Friday, the Royals will play at Northeast to determine second seed in the upcoming state playoffs.  Kickoff is 7:30 pm at Thompson Stadium.

Politics Doesn't Trump Civility, Bleckley Sheriff Answers Ads

Politics Doesn't Trump Civility, Bleckley Sheriff Answers Ads

In the past few weeks, on the national and local level, candidates and their supporters are 'pulling no punches' with maximizing every opportunity to encourage voters to choose them.

Even if it means slipping in a 'left jab' and a vicious 'right hook' in implications about your opponent, like the photo that was 'leaked' on social media in local circles supposedly of  current Bleckley County Sheriff Harold Lancaster asleep at the job.

The Tri-County Monitor did some research and discovered that the photo was actually an image that had been altered to make it seem like it was Lancaster, but in fact, it was not.  In fact, it was a cropped photo taken from another site that actually depicted an individual not even connected to anyone on the central Georgia area.

Lancaster was shown the image was astonished, “That is not me.”

Public Fishing Area to Close for Leak Detection, Repair

Public Fishing Area to Close for Leak Detection, Repair

The Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area closes for leak detection and repair in the main lake.

According to a Georgia Department of Natural Resources news release, the PFA closes on November 7.

 

"The lake was last at full pool in April 2011, but due to low water levels, the boat ramps were closed in August at the PFA. Since that time, pool levels have continued to drop and now the lake sits at more than 17 feet below pool."

DNR personnel will move remaining fish and place them in other PFAs.

"The remaining lake pool will be drained and an engineering firm will provide an assessment with repair options.  Regardless of the repair needs, the area is expected to re-open by Spring 2014," according to the release.

 

My Teacher is Tops: North Dodge Elementary

The surprise started outside the classroom when Heidi Haley found out we picked her letter. So she followed us in for the big reveal.

Ms. Pam Gilbert, a 4th grade teacher at North Dodge Elementary in Eastman, is this week's My Teacher is Tops winner.

Her classroom was stunned into silence. Like her students, Ms. Gilbert didn't even see it coming.

"Halloween, I got tricked but it's a treat," says Ms. Gilbert as she laughs.

Ms. Gilbert teaches 4th grade science and reading using games, videos, and books.

She has been teaching for 22 years, 10 of those years at North Dodge Elementary.

"Ms. Gilbert is the best teacher that I have ever had," says Haley. "Even when we have a birthday, she wears an apron that lights up to let everyone know that someone in her class has a birthday that day."

"She helps us learn and if we don't get it she try to tell us in an easier way," adds student Samantha Yawn.

High Fire Danger Conditions in Central Georgia

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for High Fire Danger Conditions in Central Georgia.

That's mostly due to "low relative humidities" Thursday afternoon and evening.

If you live in one of the following areas, contact local authorities to check whether you can burn outside:

--Oconee
--Oglethorpe
--Greene
--Jasper
--Putnam
--Hancock
--Monroe
--Jones
--Baldwin
--Washington
--Crawford
--Bibb
--Twiggs
--Wilkinson
--Johnson
--Macon Co.
--Peach
--Houston
--Bleckley
--Laurens
--Treutlen
--Dooly
--Crisp
--Pulaski
--Wilcox
--Dodge
--Telfair
--Wheeler

CBHT Hires New Program Director

CBHT Hires New Program Director

The Board of Directors of Cochran Better Hometown recently hired Susan E. (Beth) Harding as the new program director for the organization.

Beth is a native of Bleckley County and Cochran, being the daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Foskey and the late Jake H. Foskey Sr.

She is the former Director of AMIkids Middle Ga, located in Bleckley County.

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