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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. 

Sen. Tolleson Offers Mechanism to Fund Water Projects

Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) has introduced a bill that creates new options for financing water projects in communities throughout the state. 

That is according to a Senate Press Office news release.

The Georgia Public/Private Water Supply Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 122) will allow state and local governments to voluntarily partner with private investors on the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure projects.

MGC Art Exhibit

MGC Art Exhibit

Michael Marks’s exhibit “Fragments” recently opened at Middle Georgia College’s Peacock Gallery in Russell Hall. Marks gave a Gallery Talk to MGC students, faculty, and friends on January 24.

“Fragments” is interested in how past works of art are investigated; for example, through digital means, such as zooming in on individual paint chips, said Charlie Agnew, an associate professor of art at MGC and the Gallery Director of Peacock Gallery, a Middle Georgia College news release says. 

Marks is also interested in why paintings last and what happens to them over the years.

“Fragments” is also concerned in how the meaning of works changes as the work is altered over time. But Marks doesn’t promise to have all the answers. “I don’t have the final say,” he said. “‘Fragments’ is a process; it’s not explicit, but more ambiguous.”

MGC to Host 'Meet the Candidates' Night

Bleckley County Commissioner candidates Robert Brockman and Barbara Wright will take part in Meet the Candidates Night at Walker Auditorium at Middle Georgia College February 17 at 7 p.m.

The candidates will have a chance to answer questions from a panel consisting of an MGC faculty member, two MGC students and Cochran Journal Editor Jonathan Dye. 

That is according to a Middle Georgia College news release.

The event will be broadcast on Comcast channel 100 on February 25 at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the MGC Student Government Association and is free and open to the public.