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Special sendoff for 8u All Stars.

Special sendoff for 8u All Stars.

Today, the Bleckley 8u All Star baseball team is en route to Laurel, Mississippi for the Dixie Youth World Series.  A special sendoff ceremony was held Tuesday night at the Cochran Bleckley Rec. Department. After their final practice at home, the team came to the parking lot and heard from Director Andy Brand, board member Chan Jones, and Mayor Billy Yeomans. The team then received a law enforcement escort as they paraded out and down Dykes Street to Farmers Furniture. Bleckley will open play against the host team from Laurel Thursday.

New foundation seeking to be a light for change.

New foundation seeking to be a light for change.

A candlelight “Vigil of Remembrance” was held to honor those affected by gun violence Saturday night at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. It was sponsored by the Dre Day Foundation, a newly-formed group who’s stated mission is to “provide a cultivating support system for teens and young adults as an alternative to gun violence.” The foundation was created by family and friends of former Bleckley student Deandre Pitts who was shot to death in February. There was special music, several speakers including a call to action by Mt. Zion Pastor Alton Walker. You can learn more about the Dre Day Foundation by visiting them on Facebook. 

"Vigil of Remembrance" for those affected by gun violence Saturday.

A "Vigil of Remembrance" for those affected by gun violence will be held June 19 at 7:30 pm on the lawn at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 134 Fifth Street.  Candles will be provided.  The event is sponsored by the Dre Day Foundation, naned in memory of former Bleckley student Denadre Pitts.  Pitts was shot to death in February.

Remembering those who gave all.

Remembering those who gave all.

After being cancelled last year due to COVID-19, the annual Memorial Day program returned Monday morning on the courthouse square. It featured remarks by both Mayor Billy Yeomans and Commissioner Mike Davis, and the memorial roll call reading of local veterans who died while the serving the country. Guest speaker was Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Johnny Barton.

Groundbreaking held for new primary school.

Groundbreaking held for new primary school.

Though work began this summer on the new primary school, an official groundbreaking for the project was held Tuesday afternoon. District faculty, Board of Education members, representatives from Construction Manager JCI Contractors, as well faculty from Bleckley Primary and a few community members were among in attendance. After brief remarks from Superintendent Dr. Steve Smith, he along with board members and JCI President Lyndy Jones officially “broke ground” on the project. Pictured L-R: in both are JCI Contractors President Lyndy Jones, Emily Bryant, Quent Floyd, Dr. Trey Belflower, Diane Lester, Shana Evans, Amy Williams, Mike Sasser, Kim Wright, and Dr. Steve Smith.

Rec. Department to host Dixie Softball 2022 6, 8u World Series.

The Cochran Bleckley Rec. Department announced via Facebook they had been selected by Dixie Softball to host the 2022 Sweet Tees (6u) and Dixie Softball Darlings (8u) world series. It will mark the second and third world series hosted by CBRD, the 1994 Dixie Bells Slowpitch World Series was held in Cochran. To volunteer, call (478)934-3225.

Helping make Cochran beautiful.

Helping make Cochran beautiful.

Saturday was the annual "Cochran Cleanup Day." Volunteers spawned out around the city to pick up trash. Residents could also dispose of old tires at dropoff locations in town. Several groups were involved, including a large number of BCHS HOSA members. All in all, about 40 people volunteered.