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Curtain rises on BCHS One Act Play performances.

Curtain rises on BCHS One Act Play performances.

Bleckley County High School held the first of four community performances of their One Act Play selection Bye Bye Birdie.  It's a musical comedy about Conrad Birdie who visits Sweet Apple Ohio to deliever "one last kiss" to a fan before going into the Army.  

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BCHS Royal Kingsmen Band gets perfect scores at Hawkinsville Marching Festival.

BCHS Royal Kingsmen Band gets perfect scores at Hawkinsville Marching Festival.

The Bleckley County High School Royal Kingsmen Band took their show on the road Saturday, making the short trip across the river for this year's Hawkinsville Invitational Marching Festival hosted by Hawkinsville High School.  The theme for this year's show for BCHS is "Movie Toons."  Songs performed are "When You Wish Upon A Star," The Incredibles theme song, Let It Go from "Frozen" and Happyfrom Despicable Me 2.

Judges results were announced a little after 3 pm.  At marching festivals, each band receives individual scores from a panel of judges.  The scores for Bleckley were as follows.  Judge 1, 1.  Judge 2, 1.  Judge 3, 1.  Overall Band Score, 1.  Percussion Judge, 1.  Dance Team Judge, 1.  Drum Majors, 1.  Overall Band Rating- "Superior."  

Bleckley Primary holds literacy kickoff event.

Bleckley Primary holds literacy kickoff event.

Bleckley County Primary School held their second annual literarcy kickoff event Thursday afternoon.  Designed to promote reading and get parents involved with reading to their children, it offered a variety of reading and literacy-based activities.  Children could play word games, shop at the book fair, as well as win books at the Book Walk.

Assistant Principal Andrea Williams said it was important to "create a spark for reading" in children that would carry them through life.  The school plans to hold a celebration of Dr. Seus' birthday in March.

Bleckley School System honored at State Capitol for Farm to School Achievements.

Bleckley School System honored at State Capitol for Farm to School Achievements.

Bleckley County Schools received the Golden Radish Award Monday at the State Capitol.  They were one one of 30 school systems to be recognized for "outstanding leadership of school representatives building comprehensive farm to school programs."  Districts were evaluated on their work in ten different activities of farm to school. 

Recognition was done by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, and Georgia Organics Board Chair Mandy Mahoney.  Bleckley County was recognized at the Silver Level for their accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year which included:

BCHS One Act to present "Bye Bye Birdie."

Bleckley County High School One Act Play will perform "Bye Bye Birdie" at the high school auditorium.  Showtimes are October 16, 21, and 22 at 7:30 pm and October 19 at 3:30 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students.

BCMS Competition Cheerleading breaks long first place drought.

BCMS Competition Cheerleading breaks long first place drought.

Competition cheerleading in Cochran has a proud tradition with Bleckey County High School having won state twice. Bleckley County Middle School though has a good tradition as well having won back to back MGMSAA titles in 2006 and 2007 and finishing region runner up in 2008.

But the past few years have been lean, with their best finish being third at region two years ago.  The squad hadn't won a trophy since 2010 at the Raider Rumble hosted by West Laurens High School.  That changed Saturday morning.

BCMS won the small school division of the Falcon Frenzy hosted by East Laurens High School.  It follows a third place finish last week at the Greyhound Cheer Invitational hosted by Jones County.  The head coach for BCMS is Becky Smith, who was on the last championship squad.

Middle Georgia State College announces hiring of campus director.

Middle Georgia State College announces hiring of campus director.

Middle Georgia State College announced Tuesday that Henry C. Whitfield had been hired as the director of both the Cochran and Eastman campuses.  Whitfield will oversee the day to day operations of both and serve as a liasion between the institution and the community.

Whitfield most recently served as director of Georgia Southern University’s Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah. He also served as the interim assistant dean for Continuing Education and Public Service at Georgia Southern.  He holds a master of Business Administration from Mercer University and a bachelor's in Business Administration from what is now Georgia Southwestern State University.