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Backpack giveaway helps children, schools, with supplies.

Backpack giveaway helps children, schools, with supplies.

First Baptist Church held their fifth annual backpack giveaway Saturday at the Hangar. Families registered, then were assisted by church members in getting backpacks and other supplies needed for the school year. Water and cookies were also available during the wait. According to volunteers, 250 supplies for backpacks were given away. Remaining supplies will be given to the schools for extra resources

Hundreds get food, prayer, from church food bank.

Hundreds get food, prayer, from church food bank.

Cornerstone Church of Cochran opened their Love Ministry Food Bank yesterday.  People came, registered and received tickets, met with church members who prayed for them, then waited for their number to be called to receive boxes of food containing both meats and fruits.  According to ministry volunteers, over 250 boxes of food were handed out to families, feeding over 750 people.

"Small-town"girl shines on a big stage.

"Small-town"girl shines on a big stage.

Upcoming BCHS freshman Libby McClure is 14 years old.  Though she loves to sing, McClure's only performed pulicly for three years.  That didn't stop her from being chosen to perform the national anthem at the July 20 Macon Bacon home game.

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Middle GA Crush disbanding, will join Prospex Softball organization.

Middle GA Crush disbanding, will join Prospex Softball organization.
Middle GA Crush 04 players and families got together for an end of season party Friday night. As part of the season recrap, it was announced the team would be disbanding and they would join Alabama-based Prospex Softball. Head coach Kevin Wimberly said Prospex was expanding into Georgia and they would be one of the first teams to play as part of the organization. He said the coaching staff would remain the same (Wimberly, Brian Krieg, Bob Rickerson) and hoped the new team would include players currently with Crush. Tryouts will be held in August.

Chicken plate sale helping fund upcoming church mission trip.

Chicken plate sale helping fund upcoming church mission trip.

House of Grace church members sold grilled chicken plates Saturday night. Proceeds will go toward an August mission trip to Honduras. Church members going are: Thomas Weekley, Aaron Curry, Lee Wimberly, Katlin Lucas, Christie McUmber, Jan Brister, John Brister, Sheena Gibberson, and Adam Hall. The group dug wells on a mission trip last year, this year they'll be building water lines to homes.

Also part of the trip will be outreach sessions at the community center and sharing at local churches during the evenings. Donations of cash, lined or unlined spiral notebooks, colored pencils, crayons, and powdered baby formula are sought for the trip. Cash donations can be made online at houseofgracecochran.org Formula and supplies can be dropped off at the church, 133 Jac Arts Road.

Local travel teams bring home trophies.

Local travel teams bring home trophies.

A pair of Bleckley-based travel teams brought home trophies from tournaments played Saturday.  BC Cyclones, a newly-formed 14u baseball team, placed second in CAMSPORTS-USA's Down South Shootout in Cordele.  It was the first completed tournament for the Cyclones as their previous two ended early due to weather.

Down the road in Moultrie, Middle GA Crush 04 had their best finish since moving to 14u, placing second in the USSSA Moultrie All Star Warmup and Class B Shootout.

Local students graduate from Oconee Fall Line Technical College.

Seven Bleckley residents were amongst the seven students receiving degrees and diplomas from Oconee Fall Line Technical College Thursday night.  To read more, click here.