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Bleckley County Names New Football Coach

Dublin assistant coach Tracy White is the new head football coach at Bleckley County High School.

White's hiring was unanimously approved by the Bleckley County School Board on Monday.

He succeeds long-time head coach Sam Barrs who retired at the end of the 2011 season.

White was an assistant under Barrs when he coached at Dublin and also spent a year with him at Bleckley County.

White spent the past three seasons on Roger Holmes staff at Dublin where he coached the Irish running backs.

He spent a total of 12 years with the Irish.

"He'll be a real good fit," said Barrs commenting on White's hiring. "I think this is gonna be really special for him."

Bleckley County will play in Region 4AA next season with seven other schools including Northeast Macon, Putnam County and Lamar County.

GBI Investigating Dodge County Road Department

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking in to the possible misuse of county resources and equipment at the Dodge County Road Department.

Special Agent in Charge Todd Lowery says they were asked by Dodge County Sheriff Jeff Hinson in mid November to investigate.

Lowery says they're interviewing county employees who made the allegations.

On Monday, Lowery said his staff conducted about half a dozen interviews in regards to the case.

He says he's not sure how long the investigation will continue.

Dodge County Inmates Captured in Florida

Captain Tony Winborn with the Dodge County Sheriff's Office says the two inmates who escaped from a work detail in Eastman were found in Florida Monday night.

Winborn says 21-year-old Jimmy Lee Gray from Wilcox County and 21-year-old Michael Loren Chapman from Coffee County were captured in Jacksonville, Florida around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Winborn says the pair were working a detail in Eastman for the Bleckley Probation Detention Center when they escaped around noon on Thurs., Feb. 2.

Winborn says the Department of Corrections will transport the two back to Dodge County.   

Offense Cold as BCHS Swept in Regular Season Finale

Offense Cold as BCHS Swept in Regular Season Finale

BCHS ended the regular season on a down note Tuesday in Dublin. 

Both teams had season-low point totals as the Lady Royals lost 34-20 and the Royals lost 57-32. 

With the losses, Bleckley's girls finish fourth, the boys third in 3B-AA.  Region tournament play begins February 14 at Dodge County High School. 

The Lady Royals play at 4 pm with the Royals playing that night at 8:30. 

Prep Basketball Scores For Feb. 7

Here are the high school basketball scores reported to 13WMAZ for Tuesday, February 8:

GISA Region 2AAA Tournament at Stratford:

Girls Semi-finals

Stratford 43  Mt. de Sales 40 (Double Overtime)

Arlington 47  Tattnall 37

Boys Semi-finals

Tattnall 62  Stratford 51

GISA Region 1AA Tournament at Piedmont:

Girls

Brentwood 36  CFCA 23

Briarwood 45  Covenant 37

Piedmont 30  Monsignor Donovan 26

GHSA:

Girls

Baldwin 42  Rutland 41

Howard 38  Peach Co. 28

Mary Persons 60  West Laurens 39

Washington Co. 59  Cross Creek 46

Dublin 34  Bleckley Co. 20

Warner Robins 73  Hardaway 68

Westside 41  Veterans 37

Wilcox Co. 49  Irwin Co. 40

MGC Survives Scare at East Georgia College

MGC Survives Scare at East Georgia College

Middle Georgia College entered Saturday's game at East Georgia fresh off the 200th career win for Warriors head coach Scott Moe Thursday in Waycross. 

MGC led 44-36 at halftime and pushed their advantage to 19 points before the Bobcats rallied to take the lead.  Trailing by two with time running down, Brentine Taylor completed a three-point play with 8.7 seconds left to lift the Warriors to an 88-87 win.  Taylor finished with 18 points, six rebounds. 

Shane Heyward had 16 points and 10 boards.  Mike Wheeler scored 15 and Terryhon Wright added 10.  MGC returns home Monday to host Albany Tech.  Tip time is 7:30 pm

BCHS Splits Home Finale with Tigers

BCHS Splits Home Finale with Tigers

It was senior night Friday when Bleckley welcomed Swainsboro to Cochran in a crossover matchup between the Tigers of 3A-AA and Royals of 3B-AA.  In girs action, the Lady Royals led for much of the game, but fell beind 38-37 with about two minutes left.  Alexis Woodfaulk's jumper with 1:33 remaining put Bleckley back on top.  Swainsboro would retake the led with less than a minute to go.  Down three with under 30 seconds left, a Woodfaulk basket drew the Lady Royals within one.  However, they would not get a foul to stop the clock.  The Lady Tigers got an easy layup and won 44-41.  Woodfaulk scored 10.  BC's free throw shooting was 6 of 16.