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Bleckley Church League Softball Champion crowned Saturday

Bleckley Church League Softball Champion crowned Saturday

Softball was the name of the game around much of Bleckley County Saturday as the annual church league softball post-season tournament took place. 

Fifteen teams from 11 churches in Bleckley (and Twiggs) counties played at three fields (Ruth Baptist Church, House Of Grace Church, and Limestone Baptist Church.)  The top team from each five-team tournament advanced to Ruth for the championship round.  It took two games for Ruth Baptist to advance.  Bethany Baptist (who lost to Ruth in the tourney opener for both teams) fought their way out of the loser's bracket to the field finale.  Along the way, they eliminated last year's champion, Mount Zion Baptist Church of Danville.

Prayer walk for Bleckley schools held

Prayer walk for Bleckley schools held

Sunday night, the annual prayer walk was held for Bleckley County schools. 

People first gathered for a worship service at the BCHS gym where they heard praise music and message from New Life Church of God pastor Ryan Carnes. 

The gathering was then dismissed as people spanned out  to all the campuses (BCHS, Bleckley Primary, Bleckley Elementary, and Bleckley County Middle School) to walk the hallways and pray for the upcoming school year.

Local church gives helping hand for new school year

Local church gives helping hand for new school year

Schools in Bleckley County begin August 11.  For the fourth straight year, New Life Church Of God provided a helping hand to families who might be struggling to get backpacks and other needed supplies for their children with "The Esther Project." 

The project serves as church outreach.  Those receiving supplies pre-registered with the church last week.  Saturday, they came to New Life and presented volunteers with a ticket that had a number.  After matching up number and name, the participants would be escorted inside where all the children would get a backpack filled with supplies needed for that grade as well as an optional hair cut/hair wash.  The backpacks and other supplies came from church members and community donations.

GCSU Graduate to Play in Hooters' Tour

Georgia College and State University graduate Joe Young is set to play in the Hooters' tour in Hawkinsville this weekend.

Check back with 13WMAZ as Suzanne Lawler will have more on this story.

Eat Out, Benefit Dodge Communities in Schools

Eat Out, Benefit Dodge Communities in Schools

Dine Out For Kids is an annual fundraiser that benefits ongoing programs with Dodge Connection CIS. Please dine out in Eastman on Thursday, August 18 at one of the partcipating restaurants (more may sign-up):  Domino's, Huddle House, Michael's Deli, Pricilla's, Side Track Cafe, Sonic, & Subway.

Georgia's June Unemployment Rates by County

Georgia's June Unemployment Rates by County

Bleckley: 14.9%

Dodge: 12.5%

Pulaski: 9.8%

 

The lowest area rate, at 8.0 percent, was recorded in Warner Robins, while the highest, at 12.8 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area near Dublin. 

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May. The state’s jobless rate was 10 percent in June a year ago.

June marked the 47th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.2 percent, up from 9.1 percent in May. 

 

License Plate Revote Opens Monday

 

ATLANTA (AP) -- The public is again invited to weigh in on Georgia's new license plate design. 

Online voting will reopen at 3 p.m. Monday.

Gov. Nathan Deal had planned to announce the winner of an earlier design contest last Friday, but the state scrapped its plans over public confusion on whether the motto "In God We Trust" would be on the plate.