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Enoch Autry

Weaver selects Sell as his STAR

Zachary Weaver is well acquainted with roles of leadership – be that learning in the classroom, exhibiting livestock in the arena, or holding court on the high school tennis team.
This year’s recently announced Screven County High School valedictorian, Weaver also holds the distinction as the 2014 STAR Student for having the highest SAT score amongst his senior peers. Weaver selected Nancy Sell, who has helped guide him through 13 years of showing livestock and taught him as his high school agriculture educator, as his STAR Teacher.

Harveys to become IGA

Within three months, Sylvania will have an IGA grocery store where the current Harveys exists as the West Ogeechee store becomes KJ’s Market IGA.
Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC and Delhaize Group has announced they have received approval from the Federal Trade Commission to proceed with the transaction in which Bi-Lo Holdings will acquire substantially all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize.
The Sylvania Bi-Lo store down the road on West Ogeechee Street will remain a Bi-Lo.

Look in my heart and let love keep us together

A fact about Winter Storm Pax is although it put our Screven County on ice it did not cool down everyone’s temperament about their power being out. Some people spun the temperature dial around to the boiling point.
The wake of the storm has been extremely difficult on many. As this edition of the Sylvania Telephone graces your hands to read, it was projected that all our Screven County residents have their electricity restored. We hope for the same in our also hard-hit neighboring counties.

Powerless against Pax’s wrath

The scale of last week’s Winter Storm Pax cost damage to Screven County is still unknown, but Screven County Fire Department Chief Harvey Cryder said the amount of destruction ranks the storm above the 2008 ice storm.
“I think we’ve handled everything with the best ability we can try to get everything good to go,” said Cryder, the county’s EMA coordinator for times of emergency. “We’ve been receiving help from other counties, chainsaw crews.”

Eggs ‘N Issues not over easy questions

Being a legislator sometimes means you have to answer difficult questions and the ones poised to lawmakers at Eggs ‘N Issues Saturday were not of the easy variety.
Some of the questions involved how can the federal government deficit be reduced; and what will be the impact of the Affordable Health Care Plan on people.
And then there were issues that were brought up for discussion by the lawmakers themselves.

Morris conservationist of the year

Success in farming is very important. Taking care of the environment during that success prompts future riches that include the protection of nature.
The award of “Conservationist of the Year in Soil and Water” honors a cooperator from each county of the district who has attained high standards of excellence in soil and water conservation.
Receiving the 2013 conservationist honor for Screven County, William S. Morris III was among the honorees at the 63rd annual banquet for the six-county Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District.

Sunny day for Fritz’s Georgia Southern class

The first recruiting class of new Georgia Southern head football coach Willie Fritz is in the fold and one word best describes them – big.
Amend that to real big.
That’s real big in body size and real big in Sun Belt recruiting rankings as the Eagles topped the other schools in their new conference.
The size differential of the players from the GSU classes of the recent past until now can be most seen on those poised to line up on the offensive side of the ball for the Eagles whose scheme involved a triple option that led the nation in rushing as a FCS school.

Analysis helps educators find even more success

There is always room for improvement.
Two Screven County schools saw an opportunity to receive some additional guidance in areas school officials have noted need help and also for some outside thoughts on aspects the schools had not considered areas of concern.
Screven County Middle School and Screven County Elementary School voluntarily participated in the Georgia Assessment of Performance on School Standards, or GAPSS analysis as it is commonly referred, is an on-site assessment of a school’s progress toward meeting the “School Keys.”

Logging bits into the brain

You’ve heard it and maybe you have said it yourself.
The phrase “You never stop learning” is very wise-sounding.
It is of the logic that once you quit learning, then you cease to exist as a person.
Of course if you delve closer into the combination of those four words, “learning” can be rather skewed.
Please allow me to explain -- If you learn how to create the next realm of technology in the world of smart phones, that has a higher wisdom achievement that learning how to twerk dance.
But we should be proud to learn -- no matter what it may be.

Not a Snow-topia, but a nice dusting

To say this week’s weather in Screven County has been weird may be the biggest understatement for the entire year of 2014. And it is just January.
The week of Jan. 26 began near 70 degrees and is to conclude with near 70 weekend degrees, but Tuesday and into Wednesday provided residents with a glimpse of winter when some areas did not receive the initial reports of a possible 6 inches, but still got 3 inches during the morning hours Wednesday.

Chamber banquet 2014: Community urged to be committed

Humorist Jackie Trim brought his brand of Southern humor to the Screven County Chamber of Commerce’s 40th Annual Banquet Jan. 23 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Trim’s message was one the chamber board embraced in 2013 as its members found bigger success in its traditional events and newfound success in revamped ones too.
Trim of Tattnall County told the crowd that no matter what you do, always be committed to it.

BOE hopes legislators listen and take action

Recently, school officials have been able to talk with lawmakers to voice their concerns about education.
The local school board and superintendent have decided to put their thoughts into writing.
In a letter that was approved by the school board, Superintendent William Bland has mailed out copies of a letter that details their personal thoughts on the current education situation.

King’s dream still rings true today

The day was for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but it also was for Roosevelt Culver.
In a surprise presentation at the conclusion of the King observance Jan. 18 inside the county courthouse, Culver’s children presented him with a trophy and plaque in honor of his 25 years of being the county’s NAACP president.
The children also pined large silver stars with the No. 25 on Culver’s jacket.
The Saturday began with the traditional parade on Main Street that then went down West Ogeechee to Mims Road and then to the courthouse.

The GSU Fritz Blitz begins

The official announcement of former Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz as Georgia Southern’s newest leader of the Eagles’ program Jan. 10 was merely an initial step in an upbeat process for a coach who has become accustomed to winning.
Fritz gave a speech to GSU fans at the Eagles’ basketball game against Western Carolina the next day; talked to current football players Sunday; and during that time and now organized his GSU coaching staff and readied himself for a whirlwind of recruiting.
“We will be very busy over the next few weeks,” Fritz said.

Parade, observance Saturday, Jan. 18, for Dr. King

On April 4, 1968, a bullet ended the life of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but it did not end the peaceful push of the pastor, humanitarian, and leader in the civil rights movement.
Sylvania will be the site of a parade in honor of King Saturday as the day also will be highlighted with the annual observance after the downtown event.
The parade Jan. 18 will start at 1 p.m. with the gathering inside the county courthouse will be after the parade at approximately 2 p.m.

Live auction among Jan. 23 chamber banquet’s highlights

This year’s Screven County Chamber of Commerce banquet is certain to be full of fun and entertainment from the live auction highlighting great local finds to a keynote speaker who has given of himself to his country and public service.
The chamber of commerce will hold its’ 40th annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 23, in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center at 214 South Main Street in Sylvania.

Fire trucks, SPLOST on minds of county

The county commission agreed to the spending of SPLOST funds on trucks to upgrade the fire department, but chose to table the notion of a pursuit of state legislator backing on a penny sales tax to help improve Screven County roadways.  
The county’s fire department will have two used fire trucks with equipment already loaded for a total of $35,000. The funding for the vehicles will come out of money allotted to the fire department through SPLOST.
The fire trucks and equipment are from Coweta County.

Lining up your dates: School calendar approved

The 2014-2015 will be a little longer for students as the school board approved its new calendar with two more days than 170 that has been the norm recently.
To save on energy costs, the Screven County Board of Education for the past four years had dropped down to 170 from 180 for days students are in the classroom. Next year it will be 172 student days.
The first day of school for students will be on Monday, Aug. 4, and the last day will be May 22. The system-wide open house will be Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Knocking cancer out of the park

Sports definitely can bring out a stadium full of emotions and this year the Screven County Relay For Life anticipates to ride those heights of excitement as teams raise money to combat cancer through an athletics-theme. The Relay committee will hold its tailgating-related kickoff for the 2014 campaign Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Cail Community Center from 3-5:30 p.m.

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