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GBI Investigating Fight at Taylor County Football Game

A Friday-night fight involving two Central Georgia football teams is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Butler police chief Mike Peacock says he brought the GBI in to do a more far-reaching investigation.

That comes after a fight that involved the Taylor County and Hawkinsville football teams Friday night.

Lee Harris, whose child plays on the Taylor County High School football team, told police that he saw someone hit his son and ran out onto the field.

Peacock says they arrested Harris because he refused to leave the field when asked and resisted arrest.  Peacock says Butler Assistant Police Chief Jimmy Towns injured his leg while struggling with Harris.

Harris was charged with aggravated battery on a police officer and obstruction.  He's out of jail on $10,000 bond.

He was the only person arrested during Friday's fight.




BCHS Wins Region 3-AA Cheerleading Championship

BCHS Wins Region 3-AA Cheerleading Championship

The Bleckley competition cheer squad took the mat at Saturday's Middle Georgia Region Cheer Championships at a bit of a disadvantage. 

One of their squad members had suffered a dislocated kneecap late in the week. 

However, she would competed anyway. 

The Royals stuck all their stunts, and benefitted from adding in tumbling during the week as they had what fans felt was one of their best performances of the season. 

3-AA was the first of three regions that competed Saturday at Mercer's University Center.  Competition had began about 1 p.m.  Around 4 p.m, it was time for results.  3-AA was read first.  4th place: Southeast Bulloch.  3rd place: Screven County.  Region runner-up: Dodge County. 

Then, PA announcer Tren Hester said words that sent the Bleckley squad and supporters into a joyous frenzy.

Royals Fall to Fourth in Region

Royals Fall to Fourth in Region

Bleckley was held to 109 total yards, 43 rushing, and gave up 243 rushing yards in a 35-0 home loss Friday to Jefferson County.  JCHS scored 14 points off of two Royal interceptions.  The loss ends BC's four-game win streak.  It also means BCHS will be the fourth seed in the upcoming state playoffs. 

The Royals play at Lamar County (4-AA #1 seed) November 11.  Bleckley and Lamar have split their last two meetings with the Royals overcoming a 13-0 deficit to win 27-19 in Barnesville in 2010 and falling at home to the Trojans 27-21 this year.

Taylor County-Hawkinsville Game Ends in Fight

Butler's police chief says Friday night's Taylor County-Hawkinsville football game was called after opposing players got into a fight and the parent of a Butler player was arrested after tussling with police.

Chief Mike Peacock says a Taylor County player and a Hawkinsville player started fighting between plays.

According to Peacock, players from both teams ran onto the field and started fighting. He said Lee Harris, a parent from Butler, also ran onto the field.

Coaches and Butler police separated the players within minutes, but Peacock says Harris refused to leave the field.

Assistant Chief Jimmy Towns tried to arrest Harris, who resisted and fought back, injuring the assistant chief in the leg, according to chief Peacock.

Towns injured his leg when he and Harris fell to the ground. He spent the night at the Medical Center of Central Georgia with minor injuries and was released Saturday morning.

Teacher in Bleckley County Wins My Teacher is Tops

This week's My Teacher is Tops report takes us to Cochran where one forth grade teacher at Bleckley County Elementary school keeps her students learning by turning her Social Studies classroom into a game show.

"This is the best thing that I have ever had. Good gracious." says Bleckley County Elementary school teacher, Julie Pittman.

Forth grader, Haven Heath, wrote us a letter nominating her favorite teacher, Mrs. Julie Pittman.

Mrs. Pittman has been teaching for nine years but says that's not the path she first chose.  She went to college to become a counselor. "It didn't take me long to realize that it was easier to build a child than change an adult, so this is my way of trying to change the world by shaping these little minds and personalities." says Pittman.

She says every child is different and she tries to"zero in on what makes that child so special and try to highlight that each and every day."

Georgia's Energy Assistance Program Opens

Extra help is available from Georgia's Energy Assistance Program to those who meet minimum, need-based qualifications.

The first phase of Georgia's regular Energy Assistance Program opened Tuesday to assist homebound citizens and elderly households (65 years of age and over) pay their home heating costs.

The one-time payments average about $345 per household, and can go toward paying for gas, electricity, wood, coal, or kerosene heating.

The money goes directly to the power company or other energy supplier.

If funds remain available, other households who meet certain income criteria can apply for the program starting December 1.

The criteria is an income equal to or less than 60 percent of state median income guidelines.

Royals Clinch Playoff Berth With Win at Dodge

Royals Clinch Playoff Berth With Win at Dodge

Over the past three weeks, Bleckley's offense had been carrying the day.  They'd scored 30 or more points in each of those games.  However, a nasty Dodge defense combined with multiple injuries (Zack Moe was limited due to a deep thigh bruise, Frankie Mullis was recovering from a hip pointer, Mario McClendon was out with a sprained ankle, Tavon Ross played with an injured thumb) made for a defensive, turnover-filled first half.  BCHS had four first-half turnovers, Dodge three.