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BCHS One Act Wins Another Region Championship

BCHS One Act Wins Another Region Championship

Region 3-AA One Act Play Competition took place Thursday in Vidalia at Southeastern Technical College.  Bleckley County presented it's selection The Wiz during the day.  A little after 5 pm, results were announced.  Jessi Young (Dorothy), Maddie Smith (Toto), Erin Smith (Addaperle), Spencer Maddox (The Scarecrow), and Desmond Josiah (The Cowardly Lion) all were named to the All-Star Cast.  Phillip Odom (The Tin Man) and Chrinesha McRae (Evilene) were named best supporting actor and actress.  While the cast and parents who'd made the trip cheered at those results, the biggest cheer was yet to come.  For the eighth straight year, BCHS won the region championship.

State One Act Play Competition will be November 5 at Warner Robins High School.

Eastman Man Faces Child Molestation Charges

The Dodge County sheriff's office arrested an Eastman man on Tuesday for child molestation.

Todd Lowry with the GBI says 54-year-old Anthony Jacskon Yawn faces charges on 1 count of aggravated child molestation and 1 count of enticing a child for indecent purposes. Lowry says the incident happened sometime over the weekend.

Captain Tony Winborn with the Dodge County Sheriff's Office says they received a call about the incident on Saturday.

Winborn says Yawn is out of jail on a $20,000 bond.

The GBI is investigating the case.

Cochran Police say 20-Year-Old Shot, Killed

One man is dead and another is in custody after an early Wednesday morning shooting in Cochran.

Police Chief Jim Sanders says the victim was shot in the chest just before 2 a.m. in the Happy Hill Homes area near Johnson Street. He says it's a housing authority complex in the northeast section of the city.

Bibb County coroner Leon Jones says 20-year-old Sadavian Dent died around 5;30 a.m. in an operating room at the Medical Center of Central Georgia from gunshot wounds.

Todd Lowry with the GBI says a 31-year-old Terry Joaquin Blue is in custody, facing murder charges.

The GBI is now taking over the investigation.

Runnin' Royals Run Their Way to Another Championship

Runnin' Royals Run Their Way to Another Championship

If one could select a song for BCHS Cross Country, it might be DJ Khalid's "All I do is win."

The Runnin' Royals girls and boys cross country teams  have been a top program for the better part of a decade under head coach Shelly Cranford. 

Tuesday, that success continued at the Region 3-AA Cross Country Championships held at Bleckley Elementary School. 

BC's girls won their ninth straight region title, the boys won their seventh straight.  Chase McCulley was boys region champion.  Madison Powell was top finisher for the girls.

Bleckley will travel to Carrolton for the AA state meet November 5.

Trial Date Set for Accused Pulaski County Killer

A Dec. 12 trial date has been set for a Hawkinsville man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend this summer.

Birago Blackshear, age 33, appeared in Pulaski County Superior Court Monday and pleaded not guilty to murdering 18-year-old Ashton Bartlett.

That's according to Tim Vaughn, district attorney for the Oconee Judicial Circuit.

In June, Blackshear was accused of shooting Bartlett in the back on McDuffie Street, Hawkinsville, when she came with a male friend to talk to him.

She later died in a local hospital.

Vaughn says a judge set the December trial date, which is subject to change. He said prosecutors must provide the defense with case files on the investigation, but his office doesn't have all those files yet.

Bleckley Survives Second-Half Scare Versus Swainsboro

Bleckley Survives Second-Half Scare Versus Swainsboro

Tavon Ross a pair of touchdown runs as well as two touchdow passes and Blake Lucas banged home a career-long 47 yard field goal as Bleckley carried to the dressing room a 32-13 halftime lead versus Swainsboro.  However, things would get interesting in the second half.  Three Royals did not play due to injury.  Zack Moe (who caught one of Ross's touchdowns) went out with a deep thigh bruise.  Frankie Mullis suffered a hip pointer.  Mario McClendon spent the second half on crutches due to a sprained ankle.

South Georgia's Big Brothers Big Sisters Closing

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Georgia Inc., which has matched children to mentors in more than 40 south Georgia counties, has announced that it will close.

The closing will affect Big Brother Big Sister programs in Crisp, Dooly, Pulaski and Wilcox counties.

Board President James Nixon said in a statement that the agency has been unable to meet financial commitment to providing ongoing volunteer recruiting, careful matching of mentors and mentoring support.

The group said it began the process of closing this week, but would stay open long enough to inform parents of children in the program and their mentors of the decision.

Nixon expressed appreciation to people who have supported their work "to help children in south Georgia facing adversity beat the odds for the past 32 years."