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Enoch Autry

Start of 180 days of learning begins

Screven County Schools Superintendent William Bland and school administrators say the beginning to this new school year has been one of the better ones.
“I would say we have had an excellent start of school, probably the best we’ve had,” Bland said 2017-2018 year that began on Monday at the elementary, middle and high schools. The Community Christian School also began its campaign Monday.
“I want to thank the teachers, administrators, and all the support staff for making this possible,” Bland said.

Getting the blood pumping with donations

The American Red Cross blood drive on July 13 was a successful one thanks to many.
“Our goal was 35 units and we received 39,” said Nancy Brinson effort at the Cail Community Center. “My goal is for community as a whole is to embrace this mission. I say ‘mission’ because I view it as just that -- you don’t have to travel to other countries to be involved in mission work … it can be take place at the Cail Community Center.”
Brinson, local coordinator of the blood drives, said blood can neither be reproduced nor bought in a store.

My top 100 NFL draft selections

The following are the players I project will be the first 100 names called in the 2017 NFL Draft. The first round is Thursday, April 27.

Have fun. It's football.


1.       Myles Garrett – Texas A&M

2.       Solomon Thomas -- Stanford

3.       Jonathan Allen -- Alabama

4.       Leonard Fournette -- LSU

5.       Marshon Lattimore – Ohio State

6.       Mitchell Trubisky – North Carolina

7.       Malik Hooker – Ohio State

8.       Christian McCaffrey -- Stanford

9.       Derek Barnett -- Tennessee

My mock draft for the NFL's first round

Thursday, April 27, is a special day in our lives.

It's the first round of the NFL Draft, of course.

The following is how I have round one playing out. Enjoy.


1.       Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE

2.       San Francisco 49ers – Solomon Thomas, DE

3.       Chicago Bears – Jonathan Allen, DE

4.       Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette, RB

5.       Tennessee Titans – Marshon Lattimore, CB

6.       New York Jets – Mitchell Trubisky, QB

7.       Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker, S

Our Youth -- ‘They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know’

In the lyrics of “What a Wonderful Word,” musical icon Louis Armstrong croons “They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know.” Armstrong was referring to our youth.

That was sang in 1968, in some cases years before even the birth of the parents of the youth showing livestock at the agricultural center.

Now in 2017, technological advancements in agriculture has changed the production of livestock through the elements of science.

But some elements remain still true today.

8 contestants to vie for livestock festival crown

When violent fierce winds whipped across the roof of the auditorium at the high school back on Jan. 21, the status of many future scheduled events inside the facility were put into question.

Among the events on the calendar that potentially would have to be moved was the annual Screven County Livestock Festival Pageant. However, thanks to the diligent work of construction crews in cooperation with the school system the show will go on at its traditional location.

NFL Mock Draft 2016 -- FINAL

1. Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee Titans) –Jared Goff, QB, California

2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland Browns) – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

3. San Diego Chargers – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

4. Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

6. Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil, T, Mississippi

7. San Francisco 49ers – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

‘Hawk’ to spread his wings as Eagle

Under the illumination of the Friday night lights, high school football fans across the nation cheer from stadium bleachers as suited-up players battle on crisp green grass.
The student-athletes on those gridirons play the game with heart, but on the first Wednesday in February some of the elite ones have the opportunity to take their talents to the next level. On Feb. 3 surrounded by coaches, school staff, friends and family, Screven County High School prep standout Jermany Hawkins took a major step in football and life.

Border Bowl III well represented by Screven County

The Georgia high school seniors took control of the second half of Border Bowl III to defeat South Carolina 35-21 in Augusta on Jan. 9.
And Screven County played a vital role on the field and as motivators for the crowd on a soggy, cold afternoon at Lucy C. Laney Stadium.
Screven County Gamecock Jermany Hawkins, who recently was named First Team Associated Press All-State to go along with First Team Atlanta Journal Constitution, finished the game with a combined 10 solo and assisted tackles from his linebacker position. Hawkins also recovered a fumble.

Officials provide 12th District insight

With local elections coming within a matter of weeks and district elections on the calendar for 2016, the Screven County Republican Party hosted its 18th annual 12th Congressional District Fish Fry on Oct. 15 at the Pathway Center. State and local Republican leaders met with residents from the 12th District and provided updates on the status of the lawmaking at the state and national levels. This year the individuals who spoke from the podium were ones who currently hold elected positions at higher levels. Those speaking from the podium at the Pathway Center located on U.S.

Milestones score projections low

The expectations are higher and the standardized test is different, so parents, school officials and the students who took the Georgia Milestones tests are being notified that the scores could be lower this first year.
When the Georgia Milestones test was put into place, state school officials sought a more rigous test.
The former CRCT that now has been done away with, afforded students the opportunity to score lower yet still allow a passing grade on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

With Lerma off ballot, Sylvania election down to Cleland, Dees

Arnie Lerma has been disqualified to run for Sylvania mayor, leaving two candidates remaining in the race.
Lerma has a residence within the city of Sylvania, but had not changed his voter’s registration designation from when he resided outside the city limits in the county, according to Ella Rhodes, Screven County elections supervisor.
A 10-day appeals period has elapsed now as the candidates for the mayor will be Roger Cleland and Preston Dees.

115 years of service as Lions members

“We Serve.”
That is mantra for the Lions Club and with in Screven County Sylvania Lions Club members can be seen working the concession stand at the high school football games, gathering eye glasses for the needy, and other service-oriented activities for the betterment of the community.
On Monday evening at the local club’s monthly meeting, three members whose service to the Lions Club totals 115 years were honored with Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards at R&D’s Seafood, Steaks And More.
The honored Lions were Jim Hope, Randall McBride and Ed Thompson.

SCHS graduate Berger discovers new species of ancestors

Lee Berger has fond memories of growing up in Screven County and living in the Bay Branch community.
Known as “Rod” Berger during his days as student in the Screven County School System, he took this education very seriously.
Berger was named the STAR Student in 1984 as he chose Dr. James MacLeod as his STAR Teacher.
Berger treasures the academia of the Screven County schools and, to this day, continues to rave about his localized education.
“Screven County High School. I have lots of degrees, but that’s the best education I have ever received,” Berger said.

3 vying to be Sylvania mayor

Sylvania will have a new mayor in 2016.
Whether the winner of that post is one who was a veteran of the city council or a person new to local government will remain to be seen.
Sylvania Mayor Margaret Evans decided to not qualify for re-election.
Preston Dees, Roger E. Cleland and Arnie Lerma did qualify for the mayoral race by the Sept. 4 deadline with city hall.
Incumbents Joe Cleland, Ben Mercer and Ben A. Smith qualified to remain their existing seats on the city council.

Only hours remain to qualify for many seats

Qualifying in local races for the November General Election concludes at noon Friday.
As of the Sylvania Telephone’s press time, the qualifying throughout the county had been sluggish.
Officials expect more to qualify as the deadline nears.
In Sylvania, Preston Dees, who resigned his seat on the city council to do so, has qualified to run for mayor of the city.
Joe Cleland who was voted into the role of mayor pro tem last month has qualified for a council seat. Dees served as the mayor pro tem.

AMIkids starts program

Wade Goss has 28 years of experience with 60 programs in eight states, but he admits he had no previous experience with the setup at the Savannah River site. For years, Goss has supervised adolescent boys who were sent to his facility because of misconduct. However, the boys in the program now at the camp on Old River Road are at the facility for a different reason. They needed a place to call “home.” The boys are ones who have been turned away from group homes. “This is my first experience with those who are not juvenile delinquents. These are just kids who don’t have home,” Goss said.

Kent more than a doctor

For 53 years, the Kents have called Screven County home and during those 53 years the community has rejoiced in them being here.
Dr. Bill Kent has been much more than a doctor to the residents. He has been a constant friend.
Now Dr. Kent has his spouse Marty will move to the Lookout Mountain area to be closer to their children and grandchildren. 
The Kents are expected to move later this month.

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.


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