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VA Offers New Career Website for Veterans

The Veterans Administration is offering a website to help smooth the way for returning soldiers who wonder how what they learned while serving translates to civilian life.

VA for Vets is a resource designed to match veterans with employers based on their military experience.

The site offers career tools for veterans looking for employment through the VA.  What makes it different than other job-seeker sites is a writing tool that helps veterans develop their cover letters and resumes in language that translates military skills to civilian environments. 

On the site, users also have access to a listing of job fairs around the country specifically for veterans, and other career development services.

To connect to the website, visit vaforvets.va.gov.

Boys Rally Late as BCHS Splits with Houston County

Boys Rally Late as BCHS Splits with Houston County

The Lady Royals had an eight-point lead at Houston County Tuesday but trailed 31-24 at halftime due to a 15-0 HoCo run.  Bleckley would never trail by more than eight points but couldn't get any closer than three as they lost 57-51.  Myesha Moore had 16 points.  Tia Troup scored 11.  Cam Tillman added 10.

After jumping out to an early four-point lead, the Royals would trail by as many as eight points.  After going ahead in the third on a Mario Beck basket, Bleckley would build a six-point lead in the fourth.  The Bears scored eight straight to go ahead 38-37 with 3:40 left.  Down 40-39 with 28 seconds left, Rydealous Taylor got a steal and completed a three-point play to put Bleckley ahead.  Ken Hughes scored the final four points as BCHS rallied 46-42.

Fewer Road Workers in Dodge County Cause Problems


Healthy Habits Program Gets Local Footing

Healthy Habits Program Gets Local Footing

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) received a grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a nutrition and physical activity program in Central Georgia, a Bright from the Start news release says.

Through the “Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits: Implementing Wellness Policies in Child Care Centers in Georgia,” Bright from the Start will provide 38 early care and education centers in 42 middle Georgia counties with assistance in developing and implementing wellness policies that encourage healthy eating and physical activity for children ages zero to five years.

The selected centers will receive up to $3,000 in the form of sub-grants to support wellness activities.

Drug Suspect Arrested After Escape from Dodge Jail

A drug suspect from Eastman was arrested Monday morning, more than two days after running out of the Dodge County jail.


A news release from the Dodge County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Joseph Phillips escaped from the jail around 6:15 p.m. Friday.


Jail officers chased Phillips for several blocks before somebody apparently picked him up in a vehicle, the release says.


He was arrested Friday and charged with selling cocaine, the sheriff's department says.


They say Phillips boarded a Greyhound Bus in Dublin Monday morning, apparently headed to Philadelphia, Pa., and he was arrested Monday at an Atlanta bus terminal.


He now faces additional charges of escape and obstruction, according to the news release.


BCHS Gets Second Sweep of Season Versus Howard

BCHS Gets Second Sweep of Season Versus Howard

Dewanda Blackshear scored the Lady Royals final four points as BCHS picked up their first win in three tries versus Howard 40-33.  Blackshear had 12 points.  Marcus Mack scored four of his 14 points in overtime as the Royals won versus the Huskies 54-48.  Ken Hughes had 14 points and five rebounds. 

Bleckley plays at Houston County Tuesday.  Tip time is 6 p.m.

Bleckley Splits Home Games with Dodge County

Bleckley Splits Home Games with Dodge County

The Lady Royals and Dodge County Squaws were tied at 14 after one quarter of play Friday.  DCHS went ahead on a 13-2 run.  Tia Troup's three with less than a minute left made it 27-19 DC at halftime.  Bleckley had a cold shooting second half scoring three points in the third, eight in the fourth.  Dodge won 50-30.  Troup had 12 points.

The Royals led 46-34 going into the fourth quarter of their game with Dodge on back to back three's by Marcus Mack.  It appeared BCHS would be again going through a fourth-quarter slump as they went almost five minutes without a basket.  However, free throw shooting, something the team had stuggled with at times this year, proved to be a strength.