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Turner Chapel AME Church holding "gospel explosion" June 30.

Turner Chapel AME Church located at 163 N Seventh Street in Cochran will hold a gospel explosion event June 30 at 5 pm.  Featuring local and area performers, it's also a fundraiser for the church building fund.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Admission includes entry into a raffle for a 32-inch flat screen TV.  Refreshments served.  Purchase tickets by calling (478)397-4797.

Local students make Middle Georgia State President's, Dean's Lists for Spring 2019.

Middle Georgia State announced the spring 2019 semester President's and Dean's Lists Thursday.  To see students from Cochran who made both, click here.

Church helps feed football players physically and spiritually.

Church helps feed football players physically and spiritually.

Bleckley County High School football hosted OTA's Wednesday with several other schools.  That night, First Baptist Church held an outdoor event for the players and coaches.  Pizza, bottled water, plenty of snacks.  Plus, an FCA event was held featuring the church praise band as well as two guest speakers.

Local students receive scholarships from OFTC Foundation South.

Local students receive scholarships from OFTC Foundation South.

(Photos courtesy news release.) Two Bleckley students attending Oconee Fall Line Technical College were awarded scholarships by the Oconee Fall Line Technical College Foundation South. Amber Mullis was one of two students to receive the Bill and Vickie Cheek Heartland EMS Scholarship. Summer Ridley received the Bleckley Memorial Allied Health Scholarship.

Late afternoon surge helps fill the need.

Late afternoon surge helps fill the need.

At around 5:15 pm, turnout at Monday afternoon's Red Cross Blood Drive in Cochran was described as "slow." However, as the afternoon wore on, others came to donate. The Red Cross is always in need of blood. O Negative is especially needed after lower than expected donations the last couple of months. The next drive will be August 19.

Bleckley Health Department hosting Emergency Preparedness Drill June 21.

The Bleckley County Health Department will host an emergency preparedness drill June 21 at Heartland EMS, 256 Lucas Road, from 10 am-1 pm.  Designed to simulate an emergency situation, residents can drive through, hand over head of household forms (available here) that will include medical information for all people in the household.  They'll receive more information and bottles of water.

Church VBS collects donations for Appalachian mission.

Church VBS collects donations for Appalachian mission.

Cochran FIrst United Methodist Church held Vacation Bible School this past week.  Their theme was "Fixer Upper: Wait 'til you see what God can do."  For their mission project, supplies and cash were collected that will go to the Red Bird Mission in Appalachia, Kentucky.