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Bleckley sports fans with lots to be thankful for.

Thursday was the day many gathered around tables and gave thanks before digging into turkey and other traditional dishes.  For those who support the athletic programs at Bleckley County High School and Bleckley County Middle School, there's been lots to be thankful for.

BCHS boys and girls cross country teams won state.  The first time in school history two sports teams have won state on the same day.  Carl Ellis Corley repeated as boys state champion.

BCMS cross country continued their region dominance, winning both the boys and girls titles.

BCMS cheerleading repeated as MGMSAA region champions.  It was the first back to back titles since 2006-07.

Both the middle and high school softball programs had good seasons.  The Lady Royals made it to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year and fourth time under coaches Janice Bryan and Teresa Gray.  The Lady Barons had their best finish since 2006, finishing region runner up.

Christmas tree lighting, parade, set for December 2 in Cochran.

Pilot Club of Cochran will hold their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony December 2 at 6 pm on the courthouse square.  To learn how you can purchase a light for the tree, click here.   The annual Lighted Christmas Parade starts at 7 pm.  It will begin at Middle Georgia State University and go through downtown Cochran.  For more info on the parade, call the Chamber of Commerce, (478)934-2965.

BCHS alum chosen to represent sorority in pageant.

BCHS alum chosen to represent sorority in pageant.

Bleckley County High School alumni Emmie Meadows, a student at Georgia College and State University, was chosen by her sorority Kappa Delta to represent them in the Miss Sorority Row Pageant held Thursday night. Hosted by Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, the pageant raises money for American Red Cross. Meadows said in a Facebook post she was honored to have been chosen. She's also a freelance writer and regularly contributes to the Odyssey online blog site.  You can read her work by going to www.theodysseyonline.com.

Donations sought to help former BCHS football player attend NFL showcase camp.

Former Bleckley and current Kennesaw State football player Derrick Farrow has the opportunity to attend a camp in Florida that would allow him to be looked at by all 32 NFL teams.  A fund has been set up to help with costs such as hotel stay and meals.  Donations can be made by stopping by the front office of Bleckley County High School.  You can call the office, (478)934-6258 for more information.

Third fall art exhibition opens at Middle Georgia State.

Third fall art exhibition opens at Middle Georgia State.
A reception and gallery talk was held Monday night for the third fall art exhibition inside Peacock Gallery located inside Russell Hall at Middle Georgia State University in Cochran.  Sandra Trujillo and Curtis Stewardson were on hand to discuss and answer questions about their exhibit entitled Echoes of de Chirico. Trujillo is an artist and associate professor of Art in Ceramics at Georgia College and State University.  Stewardson is a studio artist from Milledgeville.  You can check out the exhibition which features a combination of drawing and pottery through January 20, 2017.  Hours for Peacock Gallery and 8 am-5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and 8 am-noon on Friday. 

Cochran church to serve as Operation Christmas Child Relay Center.

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church located at 128 Abney Road will once again serve as Bleckley Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child.  Operation Christmas Child is a project started by Christian outreach organization Samaritan's Purse that collects shoeboxes of gifts and sends them to children living in extreme poverty as well as victims of war or natural disasters worldwide.  

During the week of November 14-21, National Collection Week, Mt. Calvary will be open a few hours each day to accept boxes that will be sent off as part of OCC.  To learn more, click here.

Benefit show brings back memories for honoree.

Benefit show brings back memories for honoree.

Bleckley County High School One Act Play did an encore performance of this year's selection The Music Man, Jr., Tuesday night.  Proceeds from the encore went to the kidney transplant fund or Wilene Foster, longtime local music teacher and widow of Louis Foster.  The other shows had been dedicated to the memory of Louis Foster, who spent many years as a band director in the Bleckley school system.

After the show, Wilene Foster said she loved the show.  She recalled having played the show musically twice and said she wanted to get on the stage.  Foster thanks directors Kelli Greer and Libby Deloach and the cast and crew for their performance as well as everyone who came out in support.