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Trying to fill a constant need.

Trying to fill a constant need.

The American Red Cross held a blood drive Monday in the County Extension Office main building.  Volunteers said the need for blood was critical with the start of hurricane season and one unit could save up to three people.  The next drive will be August 13.

Blake named SSAC Board of Presidents Chair.

Middle Georgia State University President Dr. Christopher Blake has been named chair of the Board of Presidents for the Southern States Athletic Conference. He is the successor of William Carey University President Dr. Tommy King following his two-year term. The SSAC is one of 21 conferences of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Middle Georgia State joined the SSAC soon after becoming a member of the NAIA in 2014.


Local teens chosen for hospital volunteer program.

Local teens chosen for hospital volunteer program.

Bleckley teens Anna Johnson and Ansley Abney will be spending a lot of time in Dublin this summer as both were chosen to be in Fairview Park Hospital's Youth Volunteer Program.  Johnson will be working in the operating room, while Abney will be in labor and deliveries. Both are rising sophomores at Bleckley County High School.

Former BCHS football coach leading effort to honor those who serve.

Former BCHS football coach leading effort to honor those who serve.

Former Bleckley County High School head football coach was the guest speaker at yesterday's Memorial Day program held on the courthouse square.  He spoke about a project to help honor servicemen, both past and present. While on a trip to Ringgold, he saw American flags that wood bases that display the name and branch of service for both current and veterans of the military.  Barrs was inspired to have the same done in Cochran. So, he got approval from city council and began selling the flags here.

He said he wanted to do this to show appreciation to all who serve and have served, adding he makes no money off the flags. Each flag is $100 and will be displayed by the city the week before and after July 4 and Veterans Day. Flags will be placed along West Dykes and Second Streets. The deadline to order for July 4 is June 1, October 1 for Veterans Day. Call city hall, (478)934-6346, for more information.

Cochran Fire & Emergency Services holding smoke alarm blitz.

Cochran Fire and Emergency Services have teamed with the American Red Cross for a smoke alarm blitz. On June 2, members of both groups will begin at 8:30 am installing smoke alarms for people in the community. Anyone in need of a smoke alarm is asked to call Fire Station 1, (478)934-3233, option 1 by May 29 at 5 pm in order to ensure they have enough to install. The only requirement to receive an alarm is living within the city limits.


Cochran Library will be "rocking" with reading program starting in June.

The Tessie W. Norris/Cochran-Bleckley Library will start their summer reading program "Libraries Rock" in June. Programs will be held on June 4 at 1 pm, then June 13, 21 and 27 at 10 am. Each program will have a different theme. Call (478)934-2904 for more information.

Vacation Bible Schools at local churches starting soon.

School in Bleckley County ends for students tomorrow.  Churches will be starting Vacation Bible School next week with Ruth Baptist Church beginning theirs May 30.  To view more listings, click here.