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BCHS band members chosen for annual UGA high school band festival.

Bleckley County High School band members Allyson Burke, Adam Little, and Megan McNair were chosen to be a part of the 69th annual University of Georgia high school band festival known as JanFest. The students were nominated by band director Matthew McClellan and selected by UGA based upon their musical achievements. It will be held January 17-20 in Athens. Students will audition for different festival bands after arriving. Following a weekend of practice, a final concert is held that Sunday at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

Pilot Club of Cochran releases Lite-a-Lite names.

To view the lists of lights purchased in honor or memory of someone for Pilot Club of Cochran's annual Lite-a-Lite fundraiser, go to http://bleckleyprogress.com/artman/publish/article_11614.shtml

Bleckley resident named Georgia 4-H Volunteer of the Year.

Bleckley resident named Georgia 4-H Volunteer of the Year.
Laural Mosley was named Georgia 4-H Volunteer of the Year at Fall Conference held last weekend at Rock Eagle. To read more, go to http://bleckleyprogress.com/artman/publish/article_11611.shtml

Former BCMS basketball player off to good start as head coach.

Former Bleckley middle and high school basketball player Derrick Farrow is head coach of the BCMS boys team, named to the position last spring. The Barons are off to a 2-1 start, including yesterday's 48-21 home win versus Swainsboro. BCMS has their last game before Christmas December 13 at East Laurens.

Food bank providing food to kids when not in school seeking donations.

Cochran Pediatrician Dr. Bill's Kids operates a food pantry designed to provide food for local children who may not have food when not in school. Donations of non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, crackers, Vienna sausages, pop tarts, would be appreciated. Items can be dropped off at the office, 426 GA 26 E.

City of Cochran to hold public hearing on Urban Renewal Plan December 4.

The City of Cochran will hold a public hearing on an Urban Redevelopment plan December 4 at 6:30 pm in the Community House, 192 S. Third St. According to a post on the city's Facebook page, primary objectives will be to promote housing development and reinvestment while addressing public infrastructure problems as well as unsightly and hazardous private property conditions.

Topics to include down revitalization, blighted areas in the city, and business investment opportunities. The Heart of Georgia Regional Commission is assisting with the plan, and representatives will be on hand at the meeting to receive public comments on areas that could benefit from reinvestment.

From turkey and stuffing to stuffed shopping carts.

From turkey and stuffing to stuffed shopping carts.

People in droves came to Cochran Walmart Thursday night for post-Thanksgiving shopping. Since opening, people flock each year to get deals on clothing, toys, technology, and more. It was also a chance for fellowship as odds were you'd find someone you knew also braving the crowds to shop.