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Fund set up for Cochran man battling cancer.

A benefit fund has been set up to assist with the medical expenses of Brian Smith, recently diagnosed with cancer. Donations can be dropped off at Cochran Bank, 127 Sixth St SE.

Local youth following her dream of acting career.

Local youth following her dream of acting career.

Lauren Coley the busy 11-year old daughter of Chris and Carla Coley of Cochran.  She's a member of the BCMS softball team, active in First Baptist Church as well as 4-H.  Lauren though has a passion for acting, having been in many local events including this past summer's Bleckley Summer Theatre Camp production of High School Musical.

But that wasn't her only experience with acting this summer.  Lauren and her parents traveled to California in July for "The Celebrity Experience."  It was a theatre school designed to provide participants with skills for future acting opportunities.  Lauren met some interesting people, and did some exciting things during her time there.

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Longtime Bleckley teacher comes out of retirement to help friend battling cancer.

Longtime Bleckley teacher comes out of retirement to help friend battling cancer.

When school started this past Friday in Cochran, Elaine Bates was teaching at Bleckley County Middle School.  After being retired for two years, Bates didn't see herself there.  But in her words "God had a different plan."  That plan involved her returning to the classroom to help out her former student, coworker, and friend Jeannie Allen, who was diagnosed this summer with cancer.

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Boston Butt sale will benefit building renovations for Cochran church.

Trinity Episcopal Church is selling Boston Butts to pay for renovations for their Parrish Hall.  Cost is $30.  Pickup will be September 2 from 3-5 pm at their Parrish Hall (Signs on Dykes, Fifth, and Cherry streets will provide directions.) Orders can be placed by emailing trinitycochranga@gmail.com by August 25.

Cochran residents enjoy Blizzards for a good cause.

Cochran residents enjoy Blizzards for a good cause.

Cochran Dairy Queen participated in "Miracle Treat" Day held Thursday at locations nationwide.  The event raises money for the Children's Miracle Network.  One dollar from all Blizzards sold in Cochran will go to the Children's Hospital Navicent Health in Macon, the area Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Local woman seeking kidney transplant may have leads.

Local woman seeking kidney transplant may have leads.

A fundraiser for the WIlene Foster Kidney Transplant Fund was held at Cochran First United Methodist Church Saturday.  Foster's daughter, Wimberly is a salesperson for Rodan+Fields Skin Care products.  She was up from Florida doing a demonstration.  Proceeds from the sale will go toward the fund.

Foster said she was doing well after having to spend time in the hospital recently.  She said there were a couple of potential donors lined up, she'd find out more during the week.  If you'd like info on the products, you can call her for more info, (478)697-4621.

Local 4-H members selected to be part of 4-H performing arts group.

Four Bleckley 4-H members were recently chosen to be part of Clovers & Co., Georgia 4-H's performing arts group.   To read more, click here.