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Enoch Autry

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.

Breaking new ground at SV Pittie Textile site

Encouraging entrepreneurs and other business owners to follow his company’s lead, Vinod Pittie of SV Pittie Texiles officially made a mark in Screven County soil Monday morning as he, Gov. Nathan Deal and other dignitaries broke ground in the industrial park for a new plant projected to pump up the local economy.
Pittie, chairman of the ShriVallabh Pittie Group, was joined by his family and additional textile officials from the India company creating not only its first United States, but also its first plant beyond its home country, where the group has established itself since 1898.

Monday yarn plant groundbreaking for big economic boost

July the Fourth affords the local community an opportunity to reflect and celebrate American heritage while spending time with family and friends.
After a three-day weekend, Screven Countians will have more reason to celebrate as ground will be broken in the county for a new plant that is projected to eventually employ 250.

50th anniversary of the death of Vietnam War helicopter pilot Maj. Charles Kelly

On July 1, 1964, the life of Maj. Charles L. Kelly was ended as he was killed during the Vietnam War by an enemy’s single bullet after the military hero was warned out of a “hot” landing zone. Maj. Kelly’s reply that day: “When I have your wounded.”
Marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of Maj. Kelly, Kelly’s son and daughter-in-law gathered with local VFW members and others for a tribute at the fallen soldier’s grave in Screven Memorial Cemetery. A wreath was placed in honor of Maj. Kelly.

Major accomplishment

Experience helps.
Rising Screven County High School senior Darius Williams returns this year as the Gamecock Marching Band’s drum major.
With this honor before the 2013-2014 school year, Williams attended the University of Georgia Summer Marching Band Camp. He learned and honed his skills as a leader.
This year from June 8-12 Williams excelled even more at the UGA camp to claim the “Roger L. Dancz Young Conductor Award” as the top high school drum major to attend the camp out of more than 100.

Teacher ‘links’ with pro golfer’s program

During the school year, Nancy Brinson educates students in Burke County’s SGA Elementary in Sardis. This summer she will spend time as a pupil in a prestigious program 800 miles up the east coast.
Brinson, a Sylvania resident, was selected as one of the mathematics and science teachers at the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy that will be conducted in Jersey City, N.J., July 20-25. The Mickelson is for professional golfer Phil and his wife Amy.

School officials high on Costlow

An intensive hiring process concluded last week when an administrator from Bulloch County was announced as the newest principal for Screven County Middle School.
Dr. Robert (Bobby) Costlow was unanimously approved by the school board June 12 during a called BOE meeting. Costlow comes to Screven County after serving as assistant principal at Statesboro High School during the 2013-1014 school term. Before his stint with Statesboro High, Costlow was an administrator at Southeast Bulloch High School.

Major Kelly stadium rededication event to kickoff fall season

The first of next month will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Maj. Charles L. Kelly. At the regular-season opening football game of the Screven County Gamecocks’ 2014 season, the Sylvania stadium will be rededicated in honor of the Vietnam War officer who heroically flew his Huey helicopter into war zones to rescue the wounded.

Retiring our Grand Old Flag

The Veterans of Foreign Wars  Post 7116 and the Brier Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted an American Flag Retirement Ceremony June 14 for Flag Day.
The event behind the Sylvania Fire Department and Police Department was open to the public and the community was encouraged to drop off any unserviceable flags at the city fire department or in one of the retired flag boxes located at county fire stations or the VFW location on Community Drive.

County school budget shows increase

The Screven County School System budget for the 2014-2015 has a $644,000 increase in expenditures, however no tax hike will be necessary to handle the extra charges.
A majority of the expense changes can be seen in instruction throughout the school district. Instruction includes activities that deal directly with the interaction between teachers and students. Included in instruction are the salaries and operational costs of teachers and paraprofessionals funded with state and Quality Basic Education funds.

Going to school just got even more important

When the student handbooks come out for the county’s elementary, middle and high school students for 2014-2015, the attendance policy will be noticeably be more stringent.
If a student has more than five unexcused absences, the penalties for the student and the parent and guardian become tougher in the next school year.
The high number of unexcused absences in 2013-2014 forced the change, say school officials.

SCMS principal search continues

The Screven County Board of Education remains in search of a new middle school principal to succeed Brian Scott who has been tranferred to the high school. Superintendent William Bland recommended a candidate who was approved by the BOE by a 4-2 vote Monday evening. However, upon Bland contacting the candidate about the board’s approval, the candidate from North Georgia already had accepted another job offer. Voting against the candidate was Kevin Burns and Frank Johnson. Troy Lawton was absent from the meeting.

Jailer charged with obscene Internet contact with a child

A Sylvania resident who is employed as an Effingham County corrections officer and is a certified umpire has been charged with felony obscene Internet contact with a child when he allegedly used social media to inappropriately converse with a teenager.
Troy Bohannon, 45, of 1676 Newington Highway, was arrested Monday evening following an investigation that began in late April when Bohannon reportedly began contacting the girl who was 14 when the investigation started.

To me, Paul has all the right traits

Paul, at least to me, seemed to know everybody and everybody knew him.
Whether it was going to a restaurant; picking up groceries at the supermarket; or just taking trash off to the local dump, Paul would always run into a person he recognized. That individual could be one from Paul’s childhood; a past or present fellow coworker; or maybe a friend of a friend. No matter the circumstance, Paul was acquainted with many – and not just by face, but by name.

SPLOST funds enough Web-based Chromebooks for all middle schoolers

California Chrome has the chance to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 36 years Saturday at Belmont Park.
Whether that fleet-hoofed equine happens to champion over the other quality thoroughbreds remains to be seen. However, local school officials envision the purchase of a different version of Chrome may help champion Screven County students to a higher level of learning.

Getting more educated on those in charge

While the summer may be somewhat laid back for students, a lot of shifting and moving is happening in administrative positions in the Screven County School District as it readies for the 2014-2015 term.
The retirement announcement of Becky Martin as principal of Screven County Elementary created a vacant spot. When Brett Warren was tapped to switch from being the high school principal to handling the responsibilities of the elementary school principalship, that opened up a new vacancy at SCHS.

SCES RETIREMENT: Mrs. Martin is departing

Each year Becky Martin along with each of the elementary school teachers have honored the educators who are moving on to another school district or retiring from teaching.
This year  at the luncheon teachers Allie Scott and Lizzie Parker got to join Martin herself May 30.
Martin told the gathering of Screven County Elementary staff and others from the school system in the school’s front lobby they have to continue to think big.
“We have a lot of students here,” Martin said.


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