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Region 3-AA Player of the Year signs with Middle Georgia College

Region 3-AA Player of the Year signs with Middle Georgia College

Brentine Taylor signed Tuesday to continue his basketball career at Middle Georgia College.  Taylor, who led the Royals in scoring, was part of this year's sub-region championship team that made it to the AA state playoffs.  At the Chick-Fil-A Bear Brawl, he was named tournament MVP. 

Taylor was also named the Region 3-AA Player of the Year, a member of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association South All-State Team and an honorable mention on the Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State Team.

BCHS Football Assistant Coach Resigns to Take Head Coaching Position

Stacy Nobles, the strength and conditioning coach as well as the secondary and running backs coach for BCHS, has left to become the head football coach at West Laurens High School. 

His resignation was approved by the board of education at their March 16 meeting. 

Nobles was a member of the Bleckley coaching staff for three years. 

He is a Laurens County native and former assistant coach with the Raiders.

BCMS Teacher/Coach finalist for Parent to Parent of Georgia Impact Award

BCMS Teacher/Coach finalist for Parent to Parent of Georgia Impact Award

Bleckley Middle School seventh grade social studies teacher and baseball coach Phillip Hart is a finalist for the Educational Impact Award sponsored by Parent to Parent of Georgia. 

Parent to Parent provides support to families of children with special needs.  According to the organization's website, Impact Awards "recognize individuals whose actions demonstrate, support, or lead to inclusion of individuals with disabilities so they can meaningfully participate in all aspects of life. Award winners exemplify respect and dignity for everyone, regardless of ability, and work to ensure that others embrace these same ideas."

Hart's work with special needs children includes assisting with the Buddy Ball baseball game for special needs children played yearly at the rec.

Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Okefenokee Foresty Field Day

Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Okefenokee Foresty Field Day

The Bleckley FFA Forestry Team won the Okefenokee Forestry Field Day held Thursday in Folkston.  Bleckley competed against 15 other schools from across the state.  Indvididuals placing in events were: Gabe Outlaw: First, Reforestation.  Spencer Kirkpatrick: First, Ocular Estimation.  Jon Googe: First, Sawtimer Estimation.  Evan Bennett, First, Soil Sampling.  Jessica Sewell: Second, TSI.  Ricky Sikes: Second, Tree ID.  Drew Grimsley: Third, Hand Compass.  Brandon Nobles: Third, Land Management.  

The team has one final field day before region April 19.

Cochran-Bleckley United Givers Fund presents "Thanksgiving in April"

Enjoy "Thanksgiving in April" by purchasing a turkey and dressing plate from the Cochran-Bleckley United Givers Fund. 

Cost is a $7 donation with proceeds benefitting the fund. 

Plates can be picked up April 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the high school cafeteria. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce Office located on Second Street. 

Call the chamber at 478-934-2965 for more information.

Census Data: What You Expected?

Census Data: What You Expected?

The United States Census data from 2010 was released Thursday. Bleckley, Dodge and Pulaski counties grew in population size.

Bleckley County grew 12 percent from 11,666 folks to 13,063.

Dodge County grew 14 percent. In 2000, 19,171 people were counted in the census. In 2010's census, 21,796 people were counted.

Pulaski County grew by 25 percent: from a population of 9,588  in 2000 to 12,010 in 2010.

Are you surprised by the growth in your county? What factors do you think contributed to the growth in population?

View the 2010 U.S. Census Interactive Map.


Sen. Tolleson Reports from the Capitol

Written by Senator Tolleson, Submitted by the Senate Press Office:

This week, the legislature took the final step to preserving Georgia’s greatest gift to its students, the HOPE Scholarship. The Senate and House agreed on a final version and have sent the bill to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Putting the program on a financially sustainable path will ensure the viability of HOPE and the pre-kindergarten program for generations to come. With the first merit-based program of its kind, Georgia is still one of only ten states with an active lottery scholarship program. It’s imperative that we maintain this valuable education tool.