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Cochran Speedway to hold races with fans in attendance this weekend.

Cochran Motor Speedway will hold their first races in over a month this weekend with the “Fourth of July Sparktacular” July 3 and 4. Practice laps will be on the third starting at 7 pm, races the next evening with fireworks after dark. The event will be held with fans in attendance, ticket prices have been listed for both nights. It will be the first races held with fans in attendance since March.

Local travel baseball teams bring home trophies.

Local travel baseball teams bring home trophies.

A pair of Bleckley-based travel baseball teams had good weekends on the diamond.  Bleckley Bullets 10u went undefeated over the weekend at RBI Tournaments "Firecracker Blowout" in Cumming, finishing first.  Crew Baseball finished second in the 7u division of an Out of the Park tournament played in Forsyth.

Local travel team Surge Fastpitch has good return to the field.

Local travel team Surge Fastpitch has good return to the field.

After a near three-month layoff due to COVID-19, Surge Fastpitch returned to the field Saturday at CAMSPORTS-USA’s “The Gizmo” in Gray. The team played four pool games, with only one break between them. Seeded second in the silver bracket, the team defeated Rampage 5-3 to earn a title game berth. They had only 15-20 minutes before facing Georgia Girls 09 in the title game. The team showed clear signs of exhaust, giving up five runs in the first inning. However, they did only give up one more run the rest of the game, including working out a bases loaded, no outs jam one inning.

Rec. Board facing financial crisis.

At Monday night's Cochran Bleckley Recreation Department board meeting, it was learned that if money is brought in soon, they would be unable to pay bills and make payroll. How to get money was a key part of the discussion.  Click here for more.

They will play: Rec. Department games to happen despite concerns from city, county governments.

While there was talk this week that members of city council sought to prevent the Cochran Bleckley Recreation Department from holding baseball games this weekend, they ultimately had no authority to do so.  Read more by clicking here.

Cochran Speedway to hold races without fans this weekend.

Cochran Motor Speedway will be holding races May 23 and 24. A post on their website states spectators will not be allowed, only drivers and a maximum of 10 crew members in attendance. Racers will also be asked to stay in their vehicles until asked to exit to the pit gate window. Fans can watch both days races online at speed51.com

There will be baseball: Rec. Board votes to have season.

Though school sports were cancelled by the GHSA, the Cochran Bleckley Rec. Department board voted to open the gates for practice and hold a season starting later this month.  Click here for more.