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BCHS Swept in 3B-AA Opener

BCHS Swept in 3B-AA Opener

The Lady Royals trailed 13-12 in the second quarter at home versus Dublin Friday.  DHS ended the half on a 19-6 run to go up 32-17.  Down by as many as 26, Bleckley would draw within 18 to begin the fourth and within 15 during the quarter but ultimately lost 61-44.  Cam Tillman scored 18 points.  Tia Troup had 13.

Sixth-ranked Dublin had a 24-13 lead versus the Royals before an 11-2 BC run got them back in the game.  Mario Beck scored five points in the final 30 seconds to tie the halftime score at 33.  The Irish would not lead by more than two points until the final moments of the third when they built a 51-46 advantage.  For the second straight game, BCHS went cold in the fourth quarter, going scoreless for the first 3:30.

Rhine Police Chief Faces Drug Charges

A Central Georgia police officer faces drug charges for allegedly dealing in prescription drugs.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says Rhine Police Chief Kip Herman Cravey,36, was arrested and booked in the county jail Thursday night. A news release says Cravey faces two charges of illegally distributing pills and trying to buy some.

The release says Cravey furnished more than two dozen "Soma" pills to a person and tried to buy Roxicodone pills, also known as Oxycodone.

Rhine mayor, Carter Clements who's a pharmacist says he was shocked.

"We've always had a lot of confidence in Kip in his police abilities. He's done us a good job," said Clements.

Captain Tony Winborn with the Dodge County Sheriff's Office says Cravey was the only member of the Rhine Police Department. He says Cravey worked for the last Dodge County sheriff, Lawton Douglas in the narcotics unit.

Teams struggle in Fourth Quarter as Bleckley Swept at Wilcox County

Teams struggle in Fourth Quarter as Bleckley Swept at Wilcox County

Both teams were in action Tuesday as Bleckley traveled to Rochelle to take on Wilcox County.  The Lady Royals led 31-30 going into the fourth quarter of their game.  Wilcox tied the score at 40 with 3:37 left.  BCHS went 2 of 7 from the free throw line and scored four points from that point as they lost 50-44.  Brianna Webb, Alexis Woodfaulk, and Cam Tillman scored eight points each.  Ieisha Gainey and Tia Troup scored seven.

Derrick Farrow had just given the Royals a 47-46 lead with 22 seconds left in the third quarter.  Wilcox took the lead on a buzzer-beater three. 

The Patriots opened the fourth on an 18-0 run.  Bleckley did not have a basket until less than three minutes remained in the game in a 71-52 loss. 

Rydealous Taylor had 19 points and seven rebounds.  Mario Beck scored 13.  BCHS begins sub-region play versus Dublin at home Friday.  Varsity tip time is 6 p.m.

How to Help Keep Your Pipes From Freezing Tonight

Winter weather is upon us and that means homeowners beware of the freezing temperatures that can cause great damage to your pipes.

Heath Vickers at Mr., Rooter Plumbing in Macon says they receive a lot of phone calls about burst pipes.

He says taking the proper precautions can help save you a huge repair bill.

Vickers outlines some tips homeowners can take:

- Insulate or wrap towels around your faucets and exposed pipes.

-Open cabinet doors to allow heat to circulate and keep pipes warm.

- Secure windows, crawl spaces and basement doors.

- Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets.

- Keep faucets running at a constant drip or trickle.

Vickers says its good to know where your water shut-off valve is located in your home.  Knowing where your valve is located can help you if your pipes freeze and burst.

To safely thaw your pipes if they burst, homeowners should:

Grant Helps Curb Dropouts at Dodge County High

The new year brings big bucks for Dodge County High School. Tuesday he school receives a $100,000 check from AT&T.

The school uses the money to help kids graduate.

"The thing that makes me the proudest is the fact that it's positively impacted children's lives," said Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis.

It's called the Success Cadres Program. For the last four years, 20 at-risk teens each year have joined.

"This group of students, most of whom failed two grades before they came to high school, and research indicates at that point that student are on track to drop out," she said.

The goal is to change that, said Dennis, and a $400,000 grant from AT&T helped target those students by focusing on math, reading and study skills.

"It has helped us with faculty and staff," she said. "We've had a teacher and a para-professional who have been specifically able to work with these children."

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