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Confederate Flag Flies in Dodge

There's controversy in Eastman as a Confederate flag flies at the Dodge County courthouse.

The flag is flying at a Confederate memorial in front of the courthouse.

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, some see the flag as a part of Southern history, others as a symbol of slavery.

John Battle, head of the Dodge chapter of the NAACP, say he's asked the county commissioners to take it down, but they won't.

Battle says, "It's a slap in all our faces, not just blacks. It's a slap in many white faces."

In fact, after his group and others sent them a letter from a lawyer asking that the flag be removed, commissioners voted Monday to fly it 365 days a year.

Battle says, "We don't have any heartburns against the confederacy veterans. We would like to see it moved from the courthouse because this is public grounds."

BCHS sweeps home soccer matches versus Laney

BCHS sweeps home soccer matches versus Laney

Ashley Burton had two goals, Hayley Nobles scored, and Malika McFane had her first goal of the year as the Lady Royals beat Laney at home 4-0 Tuesday. 

The Royals had an 8-0 first half lead versus the Wildcats.  In the second Jacob Tilley scored and Ross Bennett got the game-clincher in a 10-0 win. 

BCHS hosts Jefferson County to end the regular season. 

Boys play at 5 p.m. with girls to follow.  Senior players will be recognized between games.

Bleckley Caps Baseball Senior Night with Walk-off Win versus Dodge

Bleckley Caps Baseball Senior Night with Walk-off Win versus Dodge

Tuesday was senior night in Cochran as Bleckley played what was the rubber match of their sub-region series with Dodge.  Each team had won on their home field.  Before the game, senior players and managers were recongized.  As to the game itself, the Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead.  Kyle Brown's first high school home run capped a four-run bottom of the third.  DCHS retook the lead with four runs in the top of the fourth.

BCHS would have the bases loaded in both the fourth and fifth innings with one out but be unable to score.  Aron Chick's second home run of the game, a solo shot in the sixth made it 8-4.  In the bottom of the seventh, Cody Jones doubled to lead off.  He came home on a Bryant Trice single.  Jordan Perdue (who had been hit by a pitch) scored on a passed ball.  Dusty Jones was hit with the bases loaded, making it 8-7. 

With two outs, Calab Bryant came to the plate.  He sent a pitch over the

Board of Regents Gives Approval for Bachelor of Science in Biology at Middle Georgia College

The Board of Regents has approved Middle Georgia College to offer a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an option for a Certification in Secondary Education at the Board of Regents meeting March 8.

President of Middle Georgia College Dr. Michael Stoy said, “It is exciting to offer this new program. It is great for fulfilling the educational needs of the area.”

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Biology program can choose between two tracks: biology and biology education. The biology degree can be used as a pre-professional degree in the medical and veterinary fields, or it can be used to prepare for a master’s degree in the biological sciences.

“It’s an historic moment for our division, said Dr. Deepa Arora, the division chair for math and sciences.  “We are really excited for the program, and are looking forward to offering the new classes.”

Landing Gear Malfunctions on Plane in Cochran

Cochran-Bleckley Emergency Management Director Mike Smith said an agriculture application plane, which is also know as a crop duster, landed at the Cochran airport with malfunctioning landing gear.

Smith says it happened Monday night around 7:15pm. He said the pilot was not injured. The pilot decided to land the plane after the liquid he was distributing over a field stopped spraying properly.

Smith said crop dusters are designed to land without a heavy load. He said crop dusting liquid still present in the tank caused the landing gear to give out.

He said he is thankful that the pilot was able to walk away from the incident unharmed.

Son Deploys, Replaces Father Overseas

For Alvin Beck, being home again means quality time with his granddaughter Lexi.

The aircraft technician says he spent nearly three months overseas until his son deployed -- coincidentally -- to the same Southwest Asia base he was serving at.

"Kinda cool to introduce -- you know, this is my son coming over to relieve me," Beck says.

Beck's son Kyle, who's Lexi's father, is also an aircraft technician.

A few weeks ago, the 20-year-old deployed for the first time.

Beck says his group couldn't go home, until his son's group arrived.

"I was looking forward to it for about 3 months prior to coming, just because of the fact that I'd be able to see him and hang out with him," says Kyle Beck.

For the two, hanging out, meant learning the ropes and showing Kyle around his new environment.

Beck says he took the opportunity to dispense as much fatherly advice as possible, and get a few ribs in.

Bleckley Unable to Hold Early Lead at East Laurens

Bleckley Unable to Hold Early Lead at East Laurens

BCHS came into Friday's game at East Laurens needing a win to help secure the second seed from 3B-AA for the upcoming region playoffs.  A three-run first got things started.  After stranding two runners in the third,  ELHS cut the lead to 3-2.  Jordan Perdue was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth but was left stranded. 

The Falcons took the lead with five in their half of the inning.  The Royals had two on, one out in the fifth.  An attempted double steal saw one runner tagged out at home and the other stranded at second.  Dylan Churchwell got his first varsity hit and RBI in the sixth.  Churchwell went in when Cal Young suffered what was later diagnosed as a broken thumb in the first inning.