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Soccer Registration at Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department to Begin Thursday

Soccer Registration at Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department to Begin Thursday

Registration for 2013 soccer at the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department runs January 17-February 4. 

Cost is $45 per child, $40 per additional child. 

Age groups (which are subject to change depending upon level of participation) are 4-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-13.  In an email sent out Tuesday announcing the information, the rec. department asks that coaches interested please sign up early. 

For more information, call 478-934-3225.

BCHS Stays Hot in Region with Sweep at Lamar County

BCHS Stays Hot in Region with Sweep at Lamar County

Region play continued Friday as BCHS traveled to Barnesville to take on Lamar County.  The Royals entered the contest at 4-0 in the region, the Lady Royals 3-1.

Leading 24-20 at halftime, Tia Troup had a pair of three's and Dewanda Blackshear scored six as BC extended to a 43-29 lead going to the fourth.  It grew to 20 but the Lady Royals went without a basket over the final four minutes.  They still won 53-44.  Troup scored 17.  Blackshear had 10, all in the second half.

The Royals had a 22-20 lead at halftime.  Mario Beck (who saw limited first half minutes due to foul trouble) and D'Andre Pitts had back to back three's as part of a 19-2 run.  Up 16 in the fourth, they went on to a 56-37 victory.  Beck scored 18 of his 21 in the second half, including the last Bleckley points.  Ken Hughes had a season high 17.

BCHS hosts Monticello Tuesday.  JV Boys play at 4:15 pm with varsity to follow.

No Smoke Detector Found After Fatal Cochran Fire

Officials are investigating a fatal Bleckley County fire that happened early Thursday morning. 

Glenn Allen, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Insurance, tells 13WMAZ that one person was killed in a fire at 147 Hudson-Jones Road in Cochran. 

He identified the victim as 67-year-old Larry Elwynn Libby. He was a retired teacher.

Allen said the cause is unknown, but the cause is not believed to be suspicious.

He said the fire apparently started in the living/dining room area, and there was no sign of a working smoke detector in the home.

Allen said he is the ninth fatality in the state in 2013.

That includes the four children who died in a Conyers fire this week. There was also no working smoke detector in that home.

Allen says no one else was in the house at the time.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Leadership Dodge Attends Team-Building Session

Leadership Dodge Attends Team-Building Session

Leadership Dodge Attends Team-Building Session

On January 8, 2013, the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce held the initial Leadership Dodge session for the class of 2013 with a focus on team-building. Facilitated by Jim Lovett of Georgia Power Company, the class was presented with an overview of economic development, challenged to examine the assets and changes facing Dodge County, and to suggest possible solutions. Role-playing exercises further enhanced the session by challenging the class to develop real-life cooperative strategies for dealing with scenarios faced by city and county officials, governmental agencies, and community organizations.  Throughout the session, Lovett reiterated the importance of community volunteerism and involvement.

Prep Scores: Tuesday, Jan. 8

Here are the high school basketball scores as reported to 13WMAZ from Tuesday, January 8:

West Laurens 45, Veterans 35 (Girls)

West Laurens 54, Veterans 51 (Boys)

Central 60, Pike County 32 (Boys)

Pike Co. 58, Central 33 (Girls)

Northeast 52, Macon County 33 (Girls)

Westside 36, Rutland 26 (Girls)

Westside 79, Rutland 56 (Boys)

Bleckley County 70, Taylor County 35 (Girls)

Bleckley County 83, Taylor County 67 (Boys)

Monticello 57, Crawford County 40 (Girls)

Crawford County 68, Monticello 67 (Boys)

FPD 55, Twiggs County 24 (Girls)

FPD 69, Twiggs County 61 (Boys)

Irwin Co. 72, Wilcox Co. 27 (Girls)

Wilcox Co. 88, Irwin Co. 38 (Boys)

Southwest 62, Peach Co. 58 (Girls)

Peach Co. 44, Southwest 37 (Boys)

Hawkinsville 67, Marion Co. 53 (Boys)

Dodge Co. 59, East Laurens 37 (Girls)

Dodge Co. 76, East Laurens 57 (Boys)

Boys Have Big Night from Three as BC Sweeps Taylor

Boys Have Big Night from Three as BC Sweeps Taylor

After nearly a month away, BCHS returned home Tuesday to take on Taylor County.  The Vikings, new to AA, have a strong basketball tradition with both teams having made appearances in Macon during the final four.  Dewanda Blackshear had seven points and Alexis Woodfaulk scores six in the second as the Lady Royals turned what had been a ten-point game into a 41-27 halftime lead.

N'yasia Anderso had eight of her team high 14 in the third.  Bleckley hit the 70 point mark for the third time this season, winning 70-35.  Woodfaulk scored a season-high 11.  Tia Troup added 10.

When Mario Beck hit a three late in the first half, it shouldn't have come as a surprise.  The Royals had already hit four in the first quarter.  Up 41-38 at halftime, D'Andre Pitts capped had back to back three's, capping another with four in the quarter, to make it an 11-point game.

BCHS Cross Country Coach Named Coach Of The Year

BCHS Cross Country Coach Named Coach Of The Year

BCHS head Cross Country Coach Shelly Cranford was named the Macon Telegraph's Cross Country Coach Of The Year when the Telegraph relased their All-Middle Georgia Team selections in December.  

This year, the girls finished third at state, the boys fourth.  

It was the best team finish ever for the boys, the second-best ever for the girls.