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An end to a messy tradition?

An end to a messy tradition?

For the past four yers, Bethany Baptist Church youth have traveled to 317 Jones Road in Cochran for the past four years on the last Wednesday in August for the Messy Olympics.

Started by former youth pastor Jim Ward, the tradition was continued by Jody and Becky Kirkpatrick when they became youth ministers in 2010.

The annual event was held Wednesday night. This year, a messy game of kickball complete with plastic tarps coated with flour and water and wading pools filled with different substances was the main event. But if next year's youth are to get messy again, it will be somewhere else.

Becky Kirkpatrick said they had resigned this past May and were staying on until someone new could be hired or the year was up. But she agreed it'd been a good ride for them and added "They're good kids."

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OFTC to offer free civics and government class in Cochran

Oconne Fall Line Technical College will offer a free civics and government class at the Dr. Peyton Williams Learning Center, 142 Thompson Street.

As a part of the Adult Education program, the class will teach key government terms, consumer protection laws, as well as the criminal justice system.  

Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.  

For more information, call (478)934-0223.

Bleckley cross country course finish line to be named for longtime volunteer

At Tuesday's monthly Bleckley Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously voted to name the finish line at the cross country course (located at Bleckley Elementary) the Freeman Cranford Memorial Finish Line.

Cranford, the father of middle and high school cross country coach Shelly Cranford, was a fixture at the finish line for years serving as a timer. He had to retire due to helth issues and passed away this past spring.

Cochran Bleckley Friends of the Library book signing August 25

Cochran Bleckley Friends of the Library will hold a book signing with author Tina Whittle August 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tessie W. Norris/Cochran Bleckley Library conference room.  

Whittle, a Cochran native, is the creator of the Tai Randolph mystery series. She will gladly autograph any of the four books from the series:The Dangerous Edge Of Things, Darker Than Any Shadow, Blood, Ash, & Bone, and Deeper Than The Grave

To learn more about Tina Whittle, visit TinaWhittle.com

Church to host Bible Institute class

House of Grace Church in Cochran will hold Bible Institute classes starting August 22 in conjuction with Oral Roberts University.  

Call (478)230-3417 for more information.

Special presentation at Cochran city council meeting

Special presentation at Cochran city council meeting

Last spring, students in Bleckley Elementary School teacher Kim Fernandez's third grade social studies class took on the task of drawing up a proposal for a city park. At Tuesday's Cochran city council meeting, three of those students, now in fourth grade, made their case.

Accompnied by Fernandez who introduced them, Joshua Morris, Riley Haley, and Lauren Coley presented a proposal drawn up by their class. The three gave reasons for a city park including the ability to hold concerts as well as a place for people to exercise. They had ideas about what should go in the park including a fountain and jungle gym.

Cochran Mayor Michael Stoy said they were very impressed with the group's presentation. He created a task force to study the matter. Last year's class will be members and Fernandez will serve as liaison.

Local dance team sponsors help parents with back to school needs.

Local dance team sponsors help parents with back to school needs.

A school supply giveaway was held Monday afternoon at the home of Coretta Basby in Cochran.  She, along with Shermanda Harris are the sponsors of Elite Dancing Diamonds, a competitive dance team.  It was moved to Basby's home late in the day to logistical issues.  Families could come by and pick up notebooks, eraser, and other supplies needed for elementary, middle, and high school students.

The giveaway was a community service project.  They have others scheduled for fall including plans to adopt a family for Thanksgiving.