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Enoch Autry

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.

More advice for our graduates and this advice is crucial for all

Nolan Ryan, who recorded 5,714 strikeouts in his 20-year Major League Baseball career, was asked how hard it was for him to pitch seven no-hitters.
His response: “I also have 12 one-hitters, so I know what disappointment is. I’ve taken no-hitters into the ninth and lost them. Until you get all 27 outs, you haven’t accomplished anything.”
As I read Ryan’s comment over the Memorial Day weekend, I immediately saw how the statement could be representative of much more than only baseball. It certainly can be conveyed for life.

Wooten has perfect 'appearance'

It sometimes is not easy making it through a month of schooling without picking up a sickness bug from a classmate.
It is even more impressive if a student can get through a full year of school without missing a day.
But what about a student who has achieved perfect attendance for 14 consecutive years, dating back to pre-k?
Now that truly is amazing.

SCHS’s Warren to succeed Martin

The Screven County School System has found its successor to Becky Martin as principal at the elementary school.
The district will stay within its system as Brett Warren will move in 2014-2015 to head SCES. Warren has served as assistant at the high school for five years and as its principal for the last 10.
The BOE administration recommended Warren for the position Monday evening at the monthly school board meeting. The board approved Warren’s move along with other personnel actions.

Woods wins state, FFA chapter on to nationals

Members of the high school’s FFA chapter continued their winning ways May 1-3 in Macon at state.
James Woods was the state winner in the Beef Production proficiency award while Zachary Weaver, Andrea Simmons and Stuart Defhoff each placed second in the state in their respective areas.  
Stephen Thompson advanced to the final round of Creed Speaking and ranked fourth in the contest.

SPECIAL DAY: One fine equine event

Saturday truly was a special day in our county and Friday will just add to the happiness..
The Lost Creek Equine Center LLC host a first-ever state-sanctioned horse event for special needs youth from around Georgia.
The event drew 30 participants who are in preparation for the Special Olympics with horses in October.
Organizers hope this is the first year of more to come at the Screven County site at 1251 Airport Road.

Help Finish the Fight against cancer

The time has arrived for the teams to take the field in the Screven County Relay For Life “Sports for a CURE …” event.
The Relay event will be gin Friday at 6 p.m. as teams representing their favorite sports teams continue to raise money in their efforts to help find a cure for cancer.
The event again will be held at Cail Field off Millen Road in Sylvania.
“If you’re ever been touched by caner yourself, your family, a friend or a co-worker, please come out and join us at Relay and help us score a win against cancer,” said Dale Reddick, who is this year’s Relay chairperson.

Special Olympics times 2

Two special days are on the schedule for some very special people.
This Saturday, May 3, the Lost Creek Equine Center LLC will host a state-sanctioned event for special needs youth from around Georgia. On Friday, May 9, the local annual Special Olympics event for students in the school system and some adults will be at the county’s recreation department.
Both events are free and open to the public.

MY MOCK: The NFL Draft arrives & here’s how Round 1 will go

Two weeks.
Two extremely long and for all intense purposes useless weeks.
Well, tonight at 8 is the first round of the NFL Draft. For any of you who pay even the slightest bit of interest in the draft that reloads the professional football teams with a new arsenial of college players probably have noticed the first-round of selections is late this year. You would be correct. It’s 14 days later because a viable venue in New York City ala Radio City Music Hall could not be found to host the event at its normal time.
Don’t believe it? Me either.

State’s top FFA making trip to Macon

Members of the high school’s FFA chapter got on the road this morning headed to middle Georgia as regional winners.
Now they are taking the next step to state at the 86th Georgia FFA Convention May 1-3 in Macon.
With the state convention themed “ignite Leadership. Growth. Success,” the winners from Georgia would advance to the National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29-Nov. 1.
The Screven County High School chapter has six members participating as individuals and the overall chapter is the Georgia FFA State National Chapter Application winner for our Program of Activities.

High school gets high marks

The Georgia Department of Education today released the second College and Career Ready Performance Index based on data from the 2012 and 2013 school years.
Screven County’s high school did well with the new scoring system. The elementary and middle schools were lower than the state averages for their respective grade levels.
Georgia’s elementary schools saw a one-year increase in scores from 74.9 to 78.5 (+3.6), middle schools saw a one-year increase in scores from 73.9 to 75.0 (+1.1) and high schools saw a one-year decrease in scores from 73.0 to 72.0 (-1.0).

Rep. Burns refutes he attacked newspaper editor with cane; calls showmanship contest 'rigged'

In movie fanfare, it is rare that flicks advance into a trilogy. Most are ones-and-dones.
While the cinema world is unaccustomed to seeing movies evolve into a trio, the reading nation is far less familiar in witnessing a back-to-back-to-back in column writing.
Well, here is my written version trend breaker.
Two weeks ago I provided you a glimpse via a column into my training mode as I was selected as one of the celebrities for the Screven County Livestock Festival Showmanship Showdown on the opening night of the livestock shows. It was an evening with pigs.

SCES principal Martin calling it a career this year

Becky Martin has become well-known not only locally, but also statewide for being the principal of a successful Screven County Elementary School.
However by the conclusion of this 2013-2014 school term, Martin will retire from her role as head of SCES.
Martin notified Superintendent William Bland of her decision at 10 a.m. Monday. At the regularly scheduled school board meeting seven hours later, the BOE accepted her retirement request. Martin will fulfill her position as principal through June 30.

‘Homegrown’ livestock parade Main Event April 5

Saturday marks the return of the annual Screven County Livestock Festival parade as 55 entrants will go down Main Street in Sylvania beginning at 11 a.m.
The theme this year is “Homegrown Since 1951.”
The event draws hundreds to the sides of the street as many groups and individuals wave and give out candy to onlookers along the parade route.
This year’s parade grand marshal is Olin Boyd.

NEW QUEEN: Abercrombie's 'Amazing' Night

For the first two years as a student at Screven County High School, Caitlin Abercrombie wanted to be a contestant in the Screven County Livestock Festival Pageant. However, while Abercrombie – like all of us – has multiple talents, none of those qualities translated into the on-stage talent she would need to compete in the annual kickoff event for the festival.
All of that changed March 29 for the high school junior.

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