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Boys Clinch Top Seed in Region Tourney, Girls Fourth, as Bleckley Splits with East Laurens

Boys Clinch Top Seed in Region Tourney, Girls Fourth, as Bleckley Splits with East Laurens

Though never trailing by more than three points for most of the night, the Lady Royals never led versus East Laurens Saturday.  A three-point play with 2:16 left in the game put what was a five-point game out of reach as Bleckley lost 62-50.  Nyaisa Anderson scored 11.

The Royals led by as many as nine points in the first half versus East Laurens.  Though the Falcons tied the game in the third and led for about a minute in the fourth, Bleckley ended the game on an 18-6 run to win 60-49.  Brentine Taylor had 16 points.  Vidal Nelson added 12.

Bleckley's boys are the top seed from 3B-AA in the upcoming region tournament. 

They play Friday in Swainsboro at 8:30 p.m.  The girls are the fourth seed and will play the host Tigers Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Northside Trumps both Dodge Teams

The Dodge County girls fell underneath the heavy weight of the AAAA matchup against the Northside Eagles, losing 54-60. In a game of redemption for the Eagles after that 65-70 loss against the Indians last week, Northside won 72-68.

Second Lady Royal Signs Letter of Intent

Second Lady Royal Signs Letter of Intent

Friday, Chelce Yearty signed her letter of intent to play with East Georgia College. 

Yearty is the second Bleckley softball player to continue her career at the colligate level.  She was a four-year starter for the Lady Royals. 

This year, the pitcher/first baseman was voted Region 3-AA Player Of The Year and picked up the "best offensive player" award at the softball awards banquet held in December.

Eastman Orders Man to Remove Yard Signs

The city of Eastman has ordered a man to remove yard signs at his home protesting a nearby methadone clinic.

Police Chief Becky Sheffield says the signs in Robert Rooks' yard violate a city ordinance against signs in a residential area.

She would not answer further questions about the case, saying the order to cite Rooks came from Eastman City Hall. She referred questions to City Manager Bea Edge, who explained this is the first citation from this ordinance.

The ordinance says, "No billboard, sign board, or advertising sign shall be permitted as an accessory structure..."

The clinic, the Southeast Georgia Treatment Center, opened last year near the Dodge County Hospital. Methadone is used to help heroin addicts withdraw from the drug.

Bleckley Splits Home Finale with Dublin

Bleckley Splits Home Finale with Dublin

The Lady Royals trailed 27-19 going to the fourth quarter Tuesday versus Dublin. 

Though drawing within two points twice, there would be no comeback as Bleckley lost 41-35. 

Tyresha Williams finished with 13 points.

The Royals trailed 43-36 going into the fourth quarter.  Brentine Taylor scored nine straight points and Bleckley went a perfect eight of eight from the free throw line in the final minute as they won 60-53.  Taylor finished with 25 points.  Vidal Nelson had 15.  Marcus Mack added 10.

Bleckley plays at East Laurens Saturday with seeding for next week's region tournament at stake.  If the Lady Royals win, they'll be the third seed from 3B-AA. 

A Royals win gets them the top seed and an automatic berth in the state tournament.  Games begin at 6 pm.

Local Church Youth Group to have Active Month

"UnAshamed," the youth group at Cochran's House Of Grace Church, has quite a month ahead.  On February 18, they'll lead a service at Pitts Church of God. 

The next night will see the youth team with Hot Ministries (youth from the McRae and Dodge County Assemblies of God) as part of Teen Challenge in Dublin.  On Feburary 27, the youth will lead the 10:30 am service at House Of Grace as part of "Student Takeover" Sunday. 

To learn more about the "UnAshamed" youth group visit their Facebook page.  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/UnAshamed/127217623998792

Convicted Dodge Babysitter Back in Custody

A Dodge County woman, who was released from prison a year early after being convicted of killing an infant three years ago, is back in custody.

That's according to Capt. Tony Winborn of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

Last month, a clerical error in the Dodge sheriff's office freed Amy Rogers Jones from prison a year ahead of time.

District Attorney Tim Vaughn filed a motion asking a judge to send her back to prison, but the judge set a hearing for early March.

But Vaughn said, Rogers waived that hearing and turned herself in around 10 a.m. Monday.

Vaughn says he's been in contact for the past couple weeks with Jones' lawyer, who eventually agreed that she had been released early.

"She decided she wanted to get this over with, and put it behind her," Vaughn says.