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During the recent weeks, Screven County’s school system has been on the national scene for its attendance protocol. However, according to officials with the state department of education, no notice has been made to their office concerning the dispute over a resident’s May arrest for failure to comply with mandatory school attendance as her child reportedly had excessive unexcused absences. Julie Scott Giles, 43, of Sylvania was arrested on May 14 and has a July 14 court date in Screven County.
Locally, there are plenty of postseason Gamecock sports happening these days in the county and for our student-athletes playing in other cities.
On a national level, some rather sizable sporting events are on the radar too. On Saturday, the Kentucky Derby and prize fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are pretty big. The Atlanta Hawks will be on the court against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs Friday. Yep. Kinda important.
A Pooler man on probation for an aggravated child molestation conviction and prison sentence has been charged by the county sheriff’s office in a string of church burglaries that span over at least three counties including Screven.
Fifty-one-year-old Morris Cyral Gunter of 5050 Old Louisville Road in Pooler, was apprehended by Screven County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Lacienski and Sgt. Brett Dickerson after a member of one the local churches noticed and bought items that reportedly had been taken from a Screven County house of worship. The church-goer made the purchase at a business in a neighboring county where Gunter was selling religious items like Bibles and other merchandise used in churches.
The observant shopper took her newly purchased items to the sheriff’s office and provided authorities with whom the items were bought and where. While the sheriff’s office continues its investigation into the possibility of additional church break-ins, law enforcement officers are in efforts to have congregation members identify items from their respective churches.
Barrow is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition which is a conservative group of legislators in the Democratic Party.
“We work with the other side of the aisle,” he said to Burton Kemp’s advanced placement class. “It is a frustrating time to be in Congress. There is a lot of good that could be done, but isn’t.”
The stadium located on the Screven County High School campus over the years has hosted several notable events like the senior class graduations and the state football championship in 2002.
On Saturday night, however, the stadium extended a welcome home to a friend who has been unified with the venture for 50 years.
And loving it and loving the people they work with on a daily basis.
Veteran employees of Syl-View were honored Aug. 22 with a “Tree of Life” anniversary celebration.
The theme was “Walking By Faith” and these ladies are testaments to that.
Marsha Roberts has 40 years at Syl-View. Jackie Kilcrease has 38 years. Rhonda Carter has 33 years and Betty Scarborough has 32 years.
“I want to thank all of you for your hard work, dedication and compassion,” said Rachel Eggleston, the Syl-View administrator.
On Saturday night, their tribute will be unveiled.
On Aug. 23, the Screven County High School football team will play its regular-season opener.
Before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff against St. John’s (S.C.) a new monument will be showcased and Kelly Memorial Stadium will be rededicated to commemorate Army Maj. Charles Kelly on the 50th anniversary of his death during the Vietnam War.
School officials say the first days of the new year have gone well and they are are looking to continue that string.
“The 2014-2015 school year has gotten off to an excellent start,” said Superintendent William Bland. “The beginning of school is always exciting, with new faces and opportunities. We’ve had a few changes and additions to our staff and leadership teams that are working out very well.
“Screven County Schools are special, and I am looking forward to everyone working together to guide each and every one of our students on a pathway to success,” Bland said.
This Aug. 7 morning more people living in the low country and coast will know about ambulance pilot Kelly and the plans for Aug. 23.
The official Screven County system-wide Open House for the elementary, middle and high schools will be Friday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in preparation for the first day of school Aug. 4.
Before the day of the open house, there also will be orientation sessions at the three schools for specific grades.
Preparations for the Aug. 23 pregame presentation at Kelly Memorial Stadium will involving the unveiling of a new monument and a rededication ceremony befitting of an American hero.
And Maj. Charles L. Kelly certainly is a hero.
The “Father of Dustoff” Kelly, an Army helicopter pilot, died July 1, 1964, while rescuing the wounded in the Vietnam War.
The first day of school for children will be Monday, Aug. 4, in Screven County.
However, before those pupils sit in their desk for the 2014-2015, multiple get-ready types of events are on the schedule.
The official Screven County systemwide Open House for the elementary, middle and high schools will be Friday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And the community can be part of the celebration in a variety of ways.
That Saturday evening will be the rededication ceremony to honor Maj. Charles Kelly, an Army helicopter pilot who died rescuing the wounded during the Vietnam War.
SCES principal Brett Warren, who has transferred to the elementary after 15 years as a SCHS administrator, received the backing of school board members Monday evening to amend the policy of escorting students to class in the a.m. and pickups of students in the p.m.
With her new position of assistant principal at the high school, Bragg now will be counted on to handle various new roles for grades nine through 12. Bragg was promoted Monday evening upon the approval of the Screven County School Board at its monthly meeting.
Before the Screven County Gamecocks take on their regular-season opening opponent St. Johns (S.C.) High School in a rare Saturday night contest, a granite monument will be unveiled in honor of Kelly and a special ceremony will be held on the field before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Johnson, 47, has been competing on a regular basis for eight years and Friday she will perform in the weapons and combat weapons competitions.
To reach worlds, Johnson had to excel at the state and district levels.
July 4 is special. Our forefathers risked their lives to stand up for their beliefs in defense of their families and their neighbors’ families. Those principles still hold true today as brave men and women stateside and around the world fight to keep our country’s freedoms accessible for me and you.
Those precious liberties allow me the First Amendment right to write this column for your eyes to peruse and brain to retain.