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Enoch Autry

SCHS squads return to their home court Friday

The new year on the hardwood mirrored the circumstances seen in 2013 for the Screven County basketball programs.
Both SCHS teams remained winless Tuesday on the road at region opponent Westside. The Gamecocks fell to the Patriots 69-44, while the Lady Patriots were too much for the Lady Gamecocks 75-44.
Laney visits the Harold Lee Scott Gym on the SCHS campus Friday with the girls game to tip off at 6 p.m. The SCHS teams continue region play at Harlem Jan. 17 and Westside comes to Sylvania Jan. 21.

A strategic plan for our future

To reach a destination, you need directions that provide a guide.
At a Monday morning breakfast, county and city officials gathered with business leaders to hear how they will assist with a strategic plan for future growth in local industry and retail.
Consultants Dean Barber and Jason Hamman spoke to the group of 30-plus members of the community at the breakfast held in the Screven County Recreation Department meeting room.

Stop blurring the lines between media & politics

Welcome to 2014. I hope it is full of blessings for you personally and our community as a whole.
The stage is set for this year to be a sturdy foundation for our future as business industries continue to develop.
However, before we entrench ourselves in a new round of 365 days, I want to step back to the recent year to which we waved “bye.”
During 2013, there were news items that were primarily local, while others stretched statewide, nationwide, and even a few across international waters that intrigued, dumbfounded and, in some cases, irked the fire out of me.

Long-time grocer, former elected official Kemp dies

A former military policeman, state patrolman, and elected official who remained in the grocery business for more than 60 years died Monday morning while working at a job he loved at the age of 84.
Well known throughout the community, Burton Kemp Sr., an avid Screven County Gamecocks supporter, came to work Dec. 30 at the 8 o’clock hour at Moats IGA in downtown Sylvania and said “hello” as he typically would to each of the employees as he saw them. However, Kemp passed away suddenly before 9 a.m.

County roads edging closer to completion

It is not fully what it needs to be, but Friendship Road is one of the roadways that has or will be repaired in the county.
Travis Forehand with the Screven County department of roads and bridges told county commissioners Tuesday morning that Friendship Road does have new piping under the roadway.
Forehand said it is open for use, but motorists need to drive on the roadway with caution. Currently, as more construction is being done on the road, Friendship is loose gravel.

‘Between Two Rivers’ with extra pedal power

Lots of pedaling will provide power to the local United Way Saturday.
The “Between Two Rivers Bike Ride” that benefits the United Way of Screven County offers bicyclists a choice of one of the four routes, but this year also includes a separate “Family Fun Day” for children.
This third annual bicycle ride on Oct. 5 will have four routes of 12, 30, 62 and 100 miles as all of the routes will begin at the Sylvania First Baptist Church with the riders rolling out of the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. after an opening ceremony that starts at 8 a.m.

SCES home to state’s top occupational therapist

Although the humble Pam Reddick-Collins never says it was because of her that a child who had physical or emotional difficulties can now return to sit in a classroom with fellow students or a child who could not walk when he arrived at the elementary school can now walk without assistance, people who know Mrs. Pam know the truth.
And they have know for a while.
Now the state of Georgia too knows what Screven County Elementary School has known all along.

SCHS students seek to make community aware of all types of cancer with ‘Pink Out’

The Student Government Association may be a new organization, but it certainly is not getting off to a slow start.
With October being “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” the SGA members will hold a “Pink Out” day Oct. 25 as they hope the stands accustomed to Red and White will don pink in honor of the month. While the month is nationally dedicated to those combating breast cancer, the students want the community to become more aware of all types of cancer.

Greene, Dixon honored for making Savannah River Parkway a reality

Be it motorists making their daily commute to work, local residents traveling for a weekend excursion to Savannah, or individuals from neighboring counties heading to the Boy Scouts of America camp in Screven County, the Savannah River Parkway provides a smooth-riding, time-saving transportation route. 
This section of highway has made life less stressful for those in the local community and it has made Screven County a more appealing prospective site for businesses with its direct drive to one of the world’s busiest ports along the Georgia coast.

Sylvanian wins $1 million in Powerball

No one matched the winning Powerball numbers and the amount continues to rise.
The five numbers drawn Saturday were 1-17-25-37-44, and the Powerball was 20. The jackpot now has swollen to approximately $400 million, or a cash option of $223.6 million.
Those are some seriously big numbers, but one Sylvania resident fared rather well Sept. 11 even though she did not take in the full jackpot.

BOE deliberates rental pricing on school facilities

The last time the rental costs of facilities within the Screven County School System were increased was in 1993.
With the $1 million upgrade of the high school auditorium, school officials reviewed the options of increasing the costs of the auditorium and other facilities.
But that has become a difficult process as officials want to increase the pricing while staying within the standards of other school districts and still making the facilities affordable for local residents who have used the facilities in the past wish to do so in the future.

‘Wild About Screven’ festival offers jam-packed Saturday

The “Wild About Screven” took to the waterways on the Briar Creek, Sept. 14 to begin the festival that is a metamorphosis of the former Sylvania Sampler.
Kayakers paddled themselves through the nature of the county for two hours last weekend.
Now comes two more days of fun and community excitement as Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, offers up plenty to be wild about in Screven County.

Changes to M&O a go

The long-awaited move of the Screven County Board of Education’s Maintenance and Operations Complex from Millen Highway to Pine Street will be happening soon.
The BOE approved the low bid of $1,123,393 from Pope Construction Sept. 9 to handle the relocation of the complex that officials say will over time save money in fuel expenses as the former middle school site is adjacent to the elementary school.
Brett Martin, who oversees the program, said the construction of the new complex that is funded through SPLOST is expected to begin Oct. 1.

State school superintendent visits SCES

Screven County Elementary became quite the showcase Wednesday morning as teachers, administrators and student tour guides showed visiting state school superintendent Dr. John Barge just some of the wonderful things happening at SCES.
In an hour, Barge was shown students working with teachers in the school’s various grade levels.
During his time at the school, Barge talked with educators and the students, asking the youngsters to explain what they were learning.

Meet your 2013 SCHS Homecoming Court

Screven County High School will hold Homecoming Sept. 20 at Kelly Memorial Stadium against visiting Windsor Forest. The 2013 Homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime. This year’s court includes (bottom row from left) Aliyah Adams, Morgan Jarrell, Autumn Wiseman and Pamelabeth Wooten. In the back row are Jessica Maierhoffer, Portia Long and Maggie Cason. Last year’s queen is Hannah Jones.

SCHS grad, GSU student to intern at U.S. Embassy

A person can graduate from Screven County High School, enroll over in neighboring Bulloch County for a postsecondary education at Georgia Southern University and lock into something really big.
Although a member of the SCHS Class of 2009 was an honor graduate, Dhara Shah admits she was not intrigued in school. She wanted to broaden her life experiences as she has involved herself in several areas.
That continued search for various aspects has afforded Shah an opportunity to pursue a chance few are selected for nationally and internationally.

Getting on track about anthrax

For those who have younger children in school, the sight of a busy Screven County Elementary School early in the morning or in the afternoon is a normal spectacle.
However, the elementary school on Frontage Road, off Highway 301, will be extremely busy beyond the Monday through Friday school days as Saturday, Sept. 14, will be filled with hours of life-saving activity.

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