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Santa coming to the Cochran Library December 14.

Santa Claus will be at the Tessie W. Norris/Cochran Bleckley Library December 14 at 10 am.  His appearance is presented by the Bleckley County Retired Educators.

Cochran church opens food bank ministry.

Cochran church opens food bank ministry.

Cornerstone Church of Cochran has opened a food bank ministry called the Cornerstone Love Center.  It's appointment based and will provide food to people in need.  To learn more, call coordinator Marsha Hartley, (478)867-3351.

Church ministry fish fry will help pay for local family's Christmas.

First Baptist Church of Cochran's Brotherhood Outdoor Ministry will hold a fish fry on December 11 following the 11 am service.  Cost is donation only for plates that include fish, hush puppies, fries, and cole slaw.  Proceeds wlll go toward paying for the Christmas of a local family in need.  Plates available until 2 pm or all items gone.   First Baptist is located 101 S. Second Street.

Concert will benefit local woman's kidney transplant fund.

A concert benefitting the Wilene Foster Kidney Transplant Fund will be held December 11 at 3 pm inside Russell Auditorium on the Cochran campus of Middle Georgia State University.  It will feature former students as well as colleagues in the professional music field of Wilene and her late husband, Louis.  Tickets are $20 each.  Donations can be made now at Citzens Bank and Trust, 127 Second Street SE.

Bleckley sports fans with lots to be thankful for.

Thursday was the day many gathered around tables and gave thanks before digging into turkey and other traditional dishes.  For those who support the athletic programs at Bleckley County High School and Bleckley County Middle School, there's been lots to be thankful for.

BCHS boys and girls cross country teams won state.  The first time in school history two sports teams have won state on the same day.  Carl Ellis Corley repeated as boys state champion.

BCMS cross country continued their region dominance, winning both the boys and girls titles.

BCMS cheerleading repeated as MGMSAA region champions.  It was the first back to back titles since 2006-07.

Both the middle and high school softball programs had good seasons.  The Lady Royals made it to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year and fourth time under coaches Janice Bryan and Teresa Gray.  The Lady Barons had their best finish since 2006, finishing region runner up.

Christmas tree lighting, parade, set for December 2 in Cochran.

Pilot Club of Cochran will hold their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony December 2 at 6 pm on the courthouse square.  To learn how you can purchase a light for the tree, click here.   The annual Lighted Christmas Parade starts at 7 pm.  It will begin at Middle Georgia State University and go through downtown Cochran.  For more info on the parade, call the Chamber of Commerce, (478)934-2965.

BCHS alum chosen to represent sorority in pageant.

BCHS alum chosen to represent sorority in pageant.

Bleckley County High School alumni Emmie Meadows, a student at Georgia College and State University, was chosen by her sorority Kappa Delta to represent them in the Miss Sorority Row Pageant held Thursday night. Hosted by Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, the pageant raises money for American Red Cross. Meadows said in a Facebook post she was honored to have been chosen. She's also a freelance writer and regularly contributes to the Odyssey online blog site.  You can read her work by going to www.theodysseyonline.com.