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BCMS coach/teacher wins Parent to Parent Educational Impact Award

BCMS coach/teacher wins Parent to Parent Educational Impact Award

Bleckley Middle School baseball coach and social studies teacher got a surprise visit during lunch Thursday.  Debi Tucker, executive director of Parent to Parent of Georgia, along with Hunter Heath and his Margaret Spielman, as well as members of Hart's family, all came by as Tucker announced that Hart had won the Parent to Parent Educational Impact Award. 

Tucker said over 14,000 people voted online.  She described the results as "pretty much a runaway win" for Hart.

Hart learned of the results during the lunchtime gathering. 

In his remarks, he gave credit to last year's team for their acceptance of Heath as manager. 

Hart recalled how he met with team informing them of Heath joining them after Spielman had met with him to ask about her son participating by doing things such as picking up foul balls and cleaning out the dugout. 

Hart said that two eighth graders (current Royals freshmen Cal Young and C

Annual United Way Meeting Scheduled

The Annual United Way meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 12.

The meeting and dinner will take place in Pine Forest Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall.

Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

RSVP by May 9, 2011 to Executive Director John Draper at 478-274-9769 or e-mail hguw@bellsouth.net

Heart of Georgia United Way serves Dodge, Johnson, Treutlen, Telfair, and Laurens Counties.

Pine Forest Methodist Church is located at 400 Woods Ave. in Dublin.

Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Area

Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Area

The Bleckley FFA Forestry Team won the Area 3 Foresty Field Day Career Development Event held April 19 at Fort Valley State University.   

Those placing in events were: Darren Crews, 1st Timber Stand Improvement, Ricky Sikes, 1st  Tree Identification, Brandon Nobles, 1st Land Measurement, Gabe Outlaw, 1st Reforestation, Jon Googe, 1st  Board Volume Estimation, Matt & Brooks Jones,  2nd Forest Management, Desmond Josiah, 3rd  Forest Disorders, Spencer Kirkpatrick,  3rd Ocular Estimation.   

They advance to state competition May 4 in Swainsboro.

Meetup for Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Friday.

Are you doing anything to commemorate the day? 

When you Google Earth Day, this comes up. The Natural Conservancy tells you what five things you can do for the Earth right now. [You don't even need a shovel!]

This year, you can have a "picnic for the planet" by meeting up withpeople in your community.

A night to come together for someone in need

A night to come together for someone in need

While standing on the pavilon near her home Monday, Bleckley Elementary teacher Mi Waters spoke of human compassion.  That's really how a party/rally for Sara-Beth Martin came about. 

Martin, a nine-year old student at Bleckley Elementary faces heart surgery Thursday at Egleston Children's Hospital.  She has Microvale Aortic Valve Stynosis.  Martin had surgery on June 12 of last year to repair the valve, but the repairs haven't held.  Thursday's surgery will replace the valve.  She and brother Michael have both had liver transplants in 2005 and 2006 as both were diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome.

Waters said she didn't know Martin nor her mom Becky that well.  Sara-Beth is in third grade as is Waters' son Carson.  Waters said she was so moved by mom Becky's account of how stressed Sara-Beth was because she had to be alone due to to her health, she wanted to help.  So with some friends, Waters began planning t

Former West Laurens Head Football Coach Hired as BCHS Assistant

Chad Simmons, who resigned as West Laurens High School's head football coach in February, has been hired as an assistant coach for BCHS. 

The hire was approved at the board of education meeting April 12.  Simmons will teach PE and be strength coach for the Royals. 

He replaces Stacy Nobles, who resigned from BCHS to take the West Laurens head coaching job.

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.