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Enoch Autry

150 flags placed at Battle of Brier Creek for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a patriotic day, but when you actually can trace your ceremony back to the Revoluntary War then it takes on more significance.
With 150 flags -- including some British ones -- placed in the grounds of Brier Creek Battlefield, a gun salute and moment of silence was observed on May 24 for the Americans and British who lost their lives during the battle in Screven County. 

Parent disputes arrest on national airwaves

Ten parents or guardians have been arrested during the 2014-2015 school year for a count of failure to comply with mandatory school attendance.
But one, a former substitute teacher in the school system, has taken her displeasure with her arrest to the national television media.
Julie Scott Giles, 43, of Sylvania was arrested on May 14.
Giles has been on the Fox Network’s Fox & Friends. She had her story published on and other major news outlets have picked up her story.

State Dept. of Education not notified of protocol concerns

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.

I feel a Draft coming on tonight

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.

Suspect charged in church burglaries

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 educates SCHS students

U.S. Rep. John Barrow visited with Screven County High School students Aug. 29 to discuss government and what is occurring in Washington, D.C.
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.”

A rededication like no other

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.

143 years of service to Syl-View

Four ladies: combined 143 years at one job.
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.

Kelly Memorial rededication to be night to remember

For months, organizers have been putting their efforts together to best honor a man you meant so much to his community and his country.
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.

Highlighting a new school year

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.

Two weeks until the rededication

Over the last month, a group from the community has focused on publicizing the importance of Army Maj. Charles Kelly on this the 50th anniversary of his death during the Vietnam War.
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.

Open houses then open doors for school year

The return of school bells are almost upon us.
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.

Pieces coming together for Kelly rededication

More individuals and groups have donated to the cause. Several people have have stressed their interest in buying an engraved brick for the monument.
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.

School ‘daze’ nears

It may be hard to believe for some -- especially the students -- but the beginning of a new school year is only a dozen days away.
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.

SCES protocol changes for its arrivals, dismissals

Morning arrival and afternoon departure changes will be implemented this 2014-2015 year at Screven County Elementary School to strengthen staff and student safety and also make better use of valuable teaching time.
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.

Bragg promoted to SCHS assistant principal

Lydia Bragg for the past 22 years has taught mathematics at Screven County High School and has served as the SCHS department chair since 2008. Bragg also taught at Georgia Southern University for two years.
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.

For an American Hero: Maj. Charles Kelly

Local groups and ones from around the state are collaborating for the Aug. 23 pregame presentation as Kelly Memorial Stadium will be rededicated to honor Maj. Charles Kelly, a helicopter pilot who died rescuing the wounded during the Vietnam War.
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.

Taking on the world

This weekend Screven County resident Andi Johnson will compete against some of the best martial artists at the 2014 World Expo in Little Rock, Ark.
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.

Living in a world within a world

Friday we celebrated our freedoms on the 238th anniversary of our nation’s declaration of its independence from the British.
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.


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