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26th Annual Bleckley NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet March 23.

The Bleckley NAACP will hold their 26th annual Freedom Fund Banquet March 23 at 6 pm inside the Presidential Dining Room at Middle Georgia State University. Guest speaker will be Tim Chatman, Dublin Chief of Police and pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Ailey. For tickets and more information, contact Doris Harris, (478)397-4797, harr4958@bellsouth.net

Conference will discuss aspects of church growth.

Salem Baptist Church will host the "Go" conference March 22-24. Classes will be on March 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and that Saturday from 9 am to noon. Bart Ponders of 21 Dive Ministries will lead a discussion on aspects of church growth including what it looks like physically when a church is growing, what emotions are felt during both spiritual growth and when one is spiritually dead, as well as things that could prevent church growth and prevent usage of gifts from God. Ponder will preach the March 24 11 am and 6 pm services on going into the world with the gospel. The conference is free and open to all. Salem Baptist is located at 107 Salem Church Road in Cochran.

"Everything must go" at Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale.

Cochran-Bleckley Friends of the Library will hold their annual spring old book sale featuring discontinued books March 16 from 9 am to 5 pm at the old BCHS Library, 115 SE Ninth Street.  Selections include romance, children's, thrillers, mystery, biography, many more.  Proceeds benefit the Tessie W. Norris/Cochran-Bleckley Library.  Learn more by visiting the group's Facebook page.

New local travel team takes step forward.

New local travel team takes step forward.

The B-Team, the new 14u travel softball team, got their first wins and first trophy at Saturday's USSSA "Cordele Slam."  To read more, click here.

Church ministry seeking winter coats to give away next season.

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church's Outstretched Hands Ministry gives away winter coats and outerwear to those in need. As they recently gave away their last coat, donations of coats, hats, gloves, or other outwear items are sought for next winter. Donations can be left at the church office, 134 Abney Road in Cochran. For more information, call Angie Foley, (757)846-4050.

MGA art faculty shows they're artists also.

MGA art faculty shows they're artists also.

A reception and gallery talk was held for the Middle Georgia State Faculty Art Exhibition Monday. It features pottery, painting, prints, and drawings done by university faculty members John Skelton, Shannon Riddle, Lee Simmons, and Charlie Agnew. The exhibit serves as a demonstration to students that the teachers are also artists. The exhibit will be on display inside Peacock Gallery, located on the first floor of Russell Hall at Middle Georgia State University. Hours are 8 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday, 8 am to noon on Fridays.

Bleckley Retired Educators meeting March 6.

The Bleckley County Retired Educators will hold their monthly meeting March 6 at noon in the main room at the county extension office, 165 E. Peacock St. Please contact Kathy Jones, (478)230-7047, by March 3 to confirm your meal.