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Annual race to benefit BCHS cross country, baseball programs.

Runnin' with the Royals will be January 24, 2015 at Bleckley County Middle School.  The annual race benefits the Bleckley County High School cross country and baseball teams.  A one mile fun run is set for 9 am with a 5K Run/Walk taking place at 9:30.  Cost includes long sleeve T-Shirt.  Trophies will be given to top male and female in all age groups.  Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for high school students and below.

Registration forms (available here) along with checks made payable to Runnin' Royals Cross Country Club, should be sent to Runnin' with the Royals, C/O Shelly Cranford, 206 Highway 257 East, Cochran, GA 31014.  Contact Cranford, 478-230-1006 (scranford@bleckley.k12.ga.us) or Brad Davis, 478-697-4044 (bdavis@bleckley.k12.ga.us) with any questions.

Cochran church youth "play cards with Jesus."

Cochran church youth "play cards with Jesus."

Members of House of Grace church's "UnAshamed" youth group visited White Oaks Personal Care Facility Saturday.  Youth, along with youth pastor Shane Allen and wife Amanda, played games and visited with the residents.  In describing the outreach,. Shane Allen referenced the scripiture which said "If you do this for the least of these, you do it for me," meaning doing good things such as giving a thirsty person a drink, you were also giving one to Jesus.  Allen said they were "playing cards with Jesus."

Cochran police raise money for community fund.

Cochran police raise money for community fund.

Officers from the Cochran Police Department had a different duty around lunchtime at Dairy Queen.  They were behind the counter, preparing Blizzards and other treats.  Saturday was Community Fund day at DQ, ten percent of sales went to the police commuity fund.  The fund is used for projects such as providing Christmas to needy families as well as college scholarships.  According to Momin, $125 was raised, over $1,100 was collected this year in five fundraising efforts.

Bleckley Band Boosters take possession of new trailer.

Bleckley Band Boosters take possession of new trailer.

The Bleckley Band Boosters got a new trailer Tuesday afternoon donated by Derek Watford, CEO of American Built Cargo Trailers.  Band booster Belynda Songer said Watford was approcached by the club about helping.  She said she noticed they needed a new trailer from having pulled the old one to away football games.  Songer said there was no money for a trailer with trying to raise funds for new marching band uniforms.

Watford took the old trailer.  The Bleckley Band Boosters thank him and American Built Cargo Trailers for their donation and support.

Cochran Walmart attracts new shoppers amongst pre Black Friday crowd.

Cochran Walmart attracts new shoppers amongst pre Black Friday crowd.

Many people hit the stores Thursday night in search of deals for their Christmas shopping needs.  Cochran Walmart, in its first year open, provided a place where many came to snag clothes, electronics, and other gifts on sale.

Some of the shoppers were first-timers.  That included Wendi Allen.  She said the only reason she was shopping was because there was a Walmart in Cochran.  Also making their debut were Stephen and Jeanne White.  Though they stood in line for two hours two different times to purchase TV's, Stephen said they were glad to shop locally and keep the tax dollars in Cochran.  Jeanne praised how well it was organized, having a police presence, as well as how friendly everyone had been.  She added that people would leave line to get bottled water or candy and be allowed to return.

Cochran church keeps Thanksgiving tradition of giving alive.

Cochran church keeps Thanksgiving tradition of giving alive.

For many years, several members of Lakeview Baptist Church spent part of their Thanksgiving at Big B's BBQ on the Eastman Higway.  They weren't eating though.  Rather, the members were helping out Cochran woman Lisa Dixon and her family feed the community.  Dixon helped organize a free Thanksgiving meal to the needy as well as groups such as the E-911 center.

But Big B's is no more, new ownership and the restaurant's been changed to Sugarberry's.  Dixon herself could not help this year due to health issues.  But church members were inspired by her efforts, so they decided to keep the tradition going.  Thursday morning, they met and prepared plates for the needy as well as groups like Bryant Helath and Rehabilitation Center.

Cochran community blood drive December 1.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive December 1 from 2-7 pm in the main room of the county extension office on Peacock Street.  To schedule an appointment, click here and use sponsor code cochran.