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New management, same great sounds at Bleckley County Jamboree

New management, same great sounds at Bleckley County Jamboree

The Bleckley County Jamboree was started by Josh Lucas in 2010.

For the past six years, people from Cochran and surrounding counties have come to the Oak Grove Community Center on Georgia 126 each Friday night to hear classic country and gospel music.

It's now being managed by Sonny and Jewell Hinson. Sonny said Lucas had to give it up about a year ago because of health issues but he will occassionally come by and visit. The Hinsons are keeping the Jamboree going each Friday night with music from the Faulk and Foskey famlies. Singing begins at 7 pm.

Concessions are available, donations welcomed.  For more information, contact Sonny Hinson, 478-308-4559.

The best dodgers of all Saturday.

The best dodgers of all Saturday.

House of Grace church held their first annual dodgeball tournament Saturday morning.  It was a benefit for Pastor Shane Allen's upcoming mission trip to Uganda.  Five teams participated.  Organizers were happy since it was their first one.

The winning team had members from a fellow Bleckley church.  The team of Jody Kirkpatrick, Austin Jones, Dusty Jones, Eli Belflower, Mason Kirkpatrick, Jacob Smith, and Tristan Cooper won.  Their name was "Las Vegas Police Department" and most were members of Bethany Baptist Church.

House of Grace does plan to hold future tournaments.

Bleckley Schools Teacher of the Year announced

Bleckley Schools Teacher of the Year announced

The Bleckley County School System announced Wednesday that Audrey Hall was the Teacher of the Year. She was presented with the honor at the end of year convocation held last month.

Hall is a second grade math, science, and social studies teacher at Bleckley Primary. She was named primary school Teacher of the Year this past January. To read more, click here.

Dodgeball tournament to benefit pastor's mission trip.

Many people remember playing dodgeball during recess or PE while in school.  On June 27, one church is hoping people will play that childhoold game so one of their staff can visit Uganda.  

House of Grace church in Cochran is hosting a dodgeball tournament June 27 starting at 9 am.  Proceeds will go toward Pastor Shane Allen's mission trip to Uganda.  Allen is the former student pastor of HOG who moved into mission and outreach this past January.

Cost is $5 per person for a six on six double elimination tournament.  Teams can have six to ten people, any combination of men, women, and youth.  To register or for more information, call 478-319-2646, or email HOGDodgeball@gmail.com

After two weeks in hospital, Sarabeth Martin is home

After two weeks in hospital, Sarabeth Martin is home

Sarabeth Martin and her family checked into an Atlanta hotel May 25.  She had her fourth heart surgery, replacing the mitral and aortic valves the next morning at Egleston Children's Hospital. After a two week stay, Martin and her family returned home Wednesday. The announcement came via the "Prayers for Sarabeth" Facebook group.

Sarabeth was described as weak and sore but recovering. Per doctor's orders, no visitors are allowed through the weekend.

The family thanks everyone for their prayers and support and asks they continue to pray as she recovers.

Cochran Pilot of the Year recognized at meeting

Cochran Pilot of the Year recognized at meeting

At Tuesday's Pilot Club of Cochran meeting, Melinda Bryant was recognized as Pilot of the Year.

She is a two-time recipient of the award.

Bryant said she was honored to be recognized by her fellow Pilots and proud to be part of such a fine organization.

Longtime Bleckley educator hired as Toombs superintendent

Richard Smith, Associate Superintendent of Facilities and Operations for Bleckley County and someone who was worked in the school system for over 20 years has been hired as the new Toombs County Superintendent of Schools.

The news was first reported on southeastgeorgiatoday.com June 3.  

Smith was hired at a called meeting of the Toombs Board of Education Tuesday night and will begin work July 1.

During his time in the Bleckley school system, Smith has been a teacher, coach, assistant principal as well as principal of Bleckley County High School, and was an assistant superintendent for the past several years.