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Local Church Draws Hundreds for Easter Celebration

Local Church Draws Hundreds for Easter Celebration

Friday night, New Life Church of God had its Easter celebration entitled "Under The Lights." 

According to church members and head pastor Ryan Karnes, this year's event was scaled back in terms of promotion.  Because they'd been literally overrun with people the past two years (two years ago the church had an Easter Egg drop from a helicopter that attracted thousands.)  Though scaled back, hundreds still came out for what was a free evening of fun.

The church had carnival games like pick up ducks, a rock wall, bounce house and giant slide.  Funnel cakes and popcorn were available to snack on, and they also provided a hot dog dinner.  An Easter Egg hunt for kids up to 12 years old capped the evening's festivities.  When asked about being able to put on such an event, Karnes said "God's really blessed us."

Dodge Confederate Flag Flown Since 2002


BCHS soccer teams close out regular season with sweep of Jefferson Co.

BCHS soccer teams close out regular season with sweep of Jefferson Co.

Royal Stadium was a busy place Wednesday as the BCHS soccer teams had their final regular season games versus region opponent Jefferson County.  Goals by Blake Lucas and Thomas Lopez gave the Royals a 2-1 halftime lead.  In the second, Lopez scored again, Marty Souza had two goals, and seniors Gjorgi Karanikolov and BJ Durham scored as Bleckley won 7-1.

Between games, senior players were recognized.  In girls action, Ashley Burton had a first half hat trick as the Lady Royals led 3-1.  Jefferson got within 3-2 with about 14 minutes left but Amber Lucas got the clincher with 3:03 left as BC completed the sweep 4-2.

The boys finish second in 3-AA, the girls fourth.  Girls will play at Thomasville Friday at 3:30 pm, the boys will host Fitzgerald in the first round of state April 28.  Game time is 6 p.m.


Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Area

Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Area

The Bleckley FFA Forestry Team won the Area 3 Foresty Field Day Career Development Event held April 19 at Fort Valley State University.   

Those placing in events were: Darren Crews, 1st Timber Stand Improvement, Ricky Sikes, 1st  Tree Identification, Brandon Nobles, 1st Land Measurement, Gabe Outlaw, 1st Reforestation, Jon Googe, 1st  Board Volume Estimation, Matt & Brooks Jones,  2nd Forest Management, Desmond Josiah, 3rd  Forest Disorders, Spencer Kirkpatrick,  3rd Ocular Estimation.   

They advance to state competition May 4 in Swainsboro.

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