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11 Dodge Youth Wrestlers Qualify for State

11 Dodge Youth Wrestlers Qualify for State

EASTMAN, GA.-- Recently, the Dodge County Youth Wrestling Program set a new club record for qualifying wrestlers for the Kids State Wrestling Championships.

This year, 11 grapplers have managed to qualify by placing 1st through 4th in the State Wrestling Qualifier.

Representing Dodge County at the big show are (l-r, front row) Anthony Mannella 2nd place, Jake Rogers 2nd, Jason Lann 3rd, Vincent Mannella 1st, and McCay Turner 1st. Second row (l-r) are Clayton Scarborough 3rd, Christian Grauberger 1st, Josh Rogers 1st, Aiden Greer 1st, Crosse Bearden 2nd, Noah Atkinson DNP, and Aaron Spires 2nd.

New BCHS Football Coach Looks Forward to Coming Home

New BCHS Football Coach Looks Forward to Coming Home

Tracy White is coming home.

After serving almost 20 years in the Dublin City school system as a teacher and coach, the 41-year-old White begins his newest journey March 1st as the head football coach at Bleckley County High School in Cochran.

White, who graduated in 1988 from Bleckley County High School, where he was a standout athlete, is excited. “I am feeling everything from excitement, to every realm of emotion – anxiety, happiness, and nervousness. I don't want to disappoint anyone. I just want Bleckley County to be successful and do well.”

The decision was made by the Bleckley County Board of Education at its last board meeting.

Bleckley Man Finds Happiness in Hobbies

Bleckley Man Finds Happiness in Hobbies

John Crowe, 42, stands in his workshop area in his family home in Cochran, and points out different pieces of equipment. “I use that for my wood working.” “That is for the cars.” “That is for the metalwork.” “That is for the photography.”

Crowe, who is the operations manager at Dublin GM/Nissan in Dublin, Georgia, said, “I am one of those types of people who just likes to learn.”

His bookshelves are full of 'how-to' books. “I don't read any book that is not going to teach me something, except the Bible, and well, that teaches us things too.”

Crowe is very easy-going, flexible and relaxed.

Bleckley Mom Teaches God, Family

Bleckley Mom Teaches God, Family

The Coley house was filled with the comforting aroma of Mom cooking supper Friday night – chicken, pasta and green beans, and the sounds of a little girl laughing and dad talking.

Carla Davis Coley, 39, mom, busily prepared the meal, while her husband, Chris, worked on a project nearby, and their youngest daughter, Lauren, 6, watched television.

Carla said, “We don't watch television during the week. We realized that we were losing a lot of time together as a family with the television on.”

So, Carla said, “from Sunday through Thursday, the television is not on at any time.”

Middle Georgia Singer Values Music as His 'Best Friend'

Middle Georgia Singer Values Music as His 'Best Friend'

Jason Hobbs, 44, knew he wanted to be a musician ever since he was a little boy.

And it was only natural. The Twiggs County resident with Bleckley County ties said that music has been a part of every event, everything at his house, for a long time.

“I grew up with music all around me. My dad was in a band in the 50s, and we always had music at our house,” Hobbs said.

Hawkinsville Man Says College Degree 'Literally' Saved His Life

Hawkinsville Man Says College Degree 'Literally' Saved His Life

Dwight Gatlin's ringtone on his phone comes from the movie “Casablanca.” It is “As Time Goes By,” sung by Sam in the movie, played by Dooley Wilson.

When Gatlin hears it, he can't help but smile. In Gatlin, nicknamed “OT” (Old Timer), smiles at just about everything, especially if it involves anything to do with the Hawkinsville Red Devils.

The groundskeeper at the Hawkinsville/Pulaski Recreation Department, Gatlin said that his computer room at his home is full of Hawkinsville Red Devil stuff. Two of his most prized Red Devil items are the state championship rings he received for being a part of the football radio broadcasting team. “The coaches let us get the rings just like them and the players.”

Bleckley Logger's Dream Questionable Due to Fuel Prices

Bleckley Logger's Dream Questionable Due to Fuel Prices

His voice come across as belonging to one twice his age, and his words are full of season as Mackenzie Brown, 36, of Cochran talks about his logging business, Southern Pine Timber Company, his family and the latest increase in fuel prices.

Brown grew up in Bleckley County, and had been working in the “woods since I graduated from high school.”

He had worked for a local logging company during the summer and knew that is what he wanted to do.