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Brian Stone

Rain douses county for days

Because of the rainfall caused by Hurricane Joaquin and another low pressure system, Screven County has seen and felt quite a bit of rainfall over the last week.
Ray Hicks, coordinator of the Screven County Extension Office, and had this to say about the precipitation:
“We have seen anywhere between five and eight inches [of rain] within the county,” Hicks said. “Obviously, more northern parts of the county, closer to South Carolina have gotten more rain.”
According to Hicks, the rain has caused farming issues, namely with peanuts and cotton.

City to make purchases

The Sylvania City Council voted in favor of the purchase Tuesday evening of some needed equipment that had been previously discussed.
The main three items on the agenda for the meeting were the leasing of a 2014 Dodge Charger for the Screven County Sheriff’s Office for the price of $31,424.92 at 3.49 percent. 
The other lease was for two utility trucks for the cost of $140,000 at 3.75 percent. 
A third purchase was made for a new garbage truck with funds from SPLOST, at the cost of $134,645. All three items were passed by the council.

County approves budget

The Screven County Commission met adopted the 2015-16 budget Tuesday.
The commission voted yes to adopt the fiscal year budget, which was distributed last week for public knowledge. 
The board also elected to increase the Community Center rental fee from $125 to $150. The increase was proposed by the Recreation Advisory Board.
The county will surplus four vehicles that belong to the Screven County Sheriff’s Department as well, as Sheriff Mike Kile proposed that the cars be sold off.

Motor vehicle fatality in Oliver

An automobile crash in Oliver left the driver of the vehicle dead, and its four other passengers injured on Sept. 4.
According to traffic reports released by Georgia State Patrol, Hayzel Ann Bowen, 27, of Clyo, Ga., was driving westbound on Georgia Hwy. 24 when she failed to yield and pulled out in front of a Freightliner truck.
The truck struck the van which sent the van into the oncoming lane.
While Bowen’s vehicle traveled into traffic, it struck a third vehicle before finally coming to a stop.
Bowen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

City purchases utility trucks

The Sylvania City Council made major purchases at Tuesday’s scheduled meeting, including one that was not originally budgeted.
The most expensive purchase the council agreed to make was for a utility line truck and a bucket truck. In total, both trucks will total about $140,000 that was not originally in the budget, but is needed primarily for safety reasons.

County approves tax levy

The Screven County Board of Commissioners adopted the resolution setting the 2015/16 tax levy in a called meeting on Tuesday morning.
The board also has some upcoming dates that citizens should be aware of. Sept. 8 will be the public hearing and Sept. 15 will be when the county adopts the budget for the year. 
As expected the Screven County Board of Education voted to increase its millage rate on Aug. 13 and, in turn, increase property taxes.

County adds a fire station

In its meeting Tuesday, the Screven County Board of Commissioners elected to build a new fire station, reappointed some individuals back to their various boards and altered the date of the September meeting.
The board voted to build a new fire station on land that McDonald Baptist Church gave the county. The county received the reserve fire truck it needed for the station to operate. The building would cost around $15,000 to build.

Driver of logging truck dies from crash

A man has died after the Mack truck he was driving crashed on Highway 301 Monday.
Daniel Albert Davis, 38, of Sandersville, Ga., was traveling south near the mile 9 marker when his vehicle traveled onto the shoulder of the road and hit two metal posts and overturned. He was partially ejected from the vehicle and passed away en route to Savannah Memorial Hospital. Davis was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Grand jury announces 43 indictments

The July Superior Court Grand Jury indicted 43 people Monday at the Screven County Courthouse.
The grand jury no-billed Robert Reno on a felony charge of animal cruelty and then indicted Reno on a lesser misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.
Reno is accused of intentionally driving his truck over neighborhood geese in Sylvan Heights in June.
Jimmy Lee Price was indicted on counts of rape; aggravated sodomy; and aggravated child molestation from an arrest made by the Screven County Sheriff’s Office in June.
Other indictments decreed by the grand jury were --

Business OK’d for city sewer improvements

The Sylvania City Council approved a a contract with a business to handle the improvements to the city’s sewer system during a Monday morning called council meeting.
The motion to enter into a contract with Shockley Plumbing, Inc., was made and passed by the council. The city will pay Shockley $369,406 for 2014 Sylvania Community Development Block Grant sewer rehabilitation.
The sewer lines on Cail, Thompson, Randall, Heirs, South Elm, North Elm, Lee and Davis Streets will be the focus of the rehabilitation.

City fired up about departments’ merger

The approval of the Screven County/City of Sylvania Fire Department contract is nearly a done deal following Tuesday’s city council meeting. The contract is set to last for 50 years pending that City Manager Stacy Mathis and City Attorney Hugh Hunter accept the proof of insurance for the contract. The council members approved the contract pending the insurance review.

Deputies make arrests for meth-related charges

A Statesboro man who escaped and fled from Screven County authorities June 11 was apprehended early Saturday morning along with two other individuals.
William Anthony Taylor, 28, of Lee Street in Statesboro, was caught after an extensive two-day search.
Authorities say they attempted to serve a warrant for parole violation related to methamphetamine-related crimes. Taylor fled after being identified and stayed missing until the early morning on Saturday when he was found.

Arrest made in October theft of pickups at local Ford dealership

A man was arrested in Aiken, S.C., in connection with an incident that occurred last year at a car dealership in Screven County.
Lavar Tirie Delee was apprehended by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on June 1. Delee was charged with three counts of theft by taking (motor vehicle) as well as one count of burglary. Delee was allegedly involved in the theft of three pickup trucks from the Sylvania Ford Dealership last October.

Man dies in boating crash at river

The body of a man who had been missing was recovered from the Savannah River Monday morning.
Fifty-one-year-old Charles Winfield Morel Jr. of Effingham County was discovered earlier this week after perishing in a boating accident on Saturday.
According to witness reports, the boat he was in flipped and landed on top of the man, killing him. His body was subsequently taken to the Screven County coroner’s office.

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