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Former Lady Royal Brown commits to SMU.

Former BCHS basketball player Jahnaria Brown announced via Twitter Sunday night her commitment to Southern Methodist University. Brown racked up several accomplishments while playing two years at Georgia Highlands College. They include first team all conference both years, GCAA Women's D1 Freshman of the Year, and Women's Basketball Coaches Association All American. She averaged 13.4 points and 8.7 rebounds this season.

Public meetings to be impacted due to social distancing guidelines.

Though both the Board of Education and Cochran City Council will be meeting Tuesday as scheduled, both will be practicing social distancing which will limit public attendance.  Click here for more.

T-Shirt fundraiser will benefit local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

T-Shirt fundraiser will benefit local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

MGA Fitness and Naptime Graphics are selling T-Shirts to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19.  The shirts read "BC hometown Strong" in heather, purple, or heather purple for $17.  Sizes youth X-Small through adult 4XL.  Orders can be placed by clicking here, select the business you wish to donate to via the drop-down menu.  Orders are due by April 24.  Note, in the interest of full disclosure, Bleckley Progress is one of the businesses on the list.

"Royal Family" working to ensure students get fed.

"Royal Family" working to ensure students get fed.

In many Tweets, superintendent Dr. Steve Smith has referenced the "Royal Family." A look at volunteers helping out with school feeding during the COVID-19 shutdown was a demonstration of what he meant. Click here to view photos.

City Hall to have modified hours starting Monday.

Beginning March 30, Cochran City Hall will only be open 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In an announcement posted both on the city website and Facebook page, residents are asked to call 911 in the event of an emergency during non-business hours and also says people can leave voicemails at city hall. Messages will be retrieved for staff on the next working day. According to the post, the modified hours will be in effect throughout the currently declared state of emergency or through April 15 at midnight, and could be extended or abbreviated based upon the changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis.

Red Cross Blood Drive April 3.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the main from of the Bleckley County Extension Office, 165 N. Peacock Street, on April 3 from 1 to 6 pm.  Call (478)283-5273 for more information.  Schedule your appointment online by going to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor keyword "cochran."

Updated State of Emergency declaration for Cochran and Bleckley County.

The City of Cochran and Bleckley County have updated the State of Emergency declared Tuesday. In a resolution posted on the city's Facebook page yesterday, it declares a public health state of emergency until April 15. Gatherings of ten or more people on property owned by the city or county are banned but doesn't prevent people from using designated pedestrian areas as long as there are no gatherings. Businesses such as gyms and nail salons are ordered closed. It closes restaurant dining rooms but does allow for drive through, carryout, or delivery services. Public and private gatherings outside houses are banned though it doesn't prohibit gatherings of people conducting "essential" business as designated by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, designated by the governor as "critical infrastructure", or the provision of medical and health services.