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LSRA to hold Feb. 10 bass fishing tourney

Bi-state group the Lower Savannah River Alliance will host a Bass Tournament and membership drive event on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.
This tournament will be a great opportunity to support a worthwhile cause: the alliance’s mission to promote ecotourism throughout the seven-county region, utilizing the Savannah River as a resource while encouraging its conservation. LSRA relies on individual and business donations and hopes to promote membership to support their operations.

Toys for our Tots

Phillip Ayers and the employees of Sylvania Ford would like to thank the citizens of Screven County for making the 2017 Toys for Tots campaign another tremendous success. In addition to the toys purchased, more than $2,500 in cash donations was received. Ayers would like to acknowledge the hard work and efforts of the Sylvania State Patrol Post, the Milliken plant, Thompson Strickland Waters Funeral Home, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7116 and the Screven County schools. Various other business and churches also were extremely supportive.

Bank announces retirements of Adams, Heape and Chance

Farmers and Merchants Bank recently held a Retirement/Christmas Party to honor three long-time officers of the bank who are retiring at year end Dec. 31 -- President Jim Adams, Vice President Gale Heape, and Vice President Marsha Chance.   
Adams has served as president since December 1988 and has spent a total of 54 years in banking including previous years with The Savannah Bank.  
Chance joined the bank shortly thereafter in January 1989 after working many years with Adams at another financial institution.  

Reeves named local bank president, CEO

The Board of Directors of Farmers and Merchants Bank is pleased to announce that Hoke S. Reeves has been named president and chief executive officer of the bank effective Jan. 1, 2018, to follow James W. Adams in retirement.  
Reeves succeeds Adams, who has served as president and CEO for years of Farmers and Merchants Bank for 29 years.
Reeves, a native of Jenkins County, has served as executive vice president and a director of Farmers and Merchants Bank since May 2007.  

Screven County Farm Bureau a state finalist

Screven County Farm Bureau (SCFB) was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the organization’s 80th annual convention held on Jekyll Island Dec. 3-5.
The county chapter was named a finalist for the prestigious McKemie Award - the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau in the state can receive - in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture.
SCFB was one of 10 county Farm Bureaus to be recognized as a finalist in the medium membership category. Joe Boddiford is the SCFB president.

Pye among trio up for top honors

Screven County Farm Bureau Office Manager Donna Pye was one of three finalists for the Georgia Farm Bureau 2017 Outstanding Office Manager Award, presented during the GFB Convention on Jekyll Island.
Pye started work with SCFB in 1999 and has been the office manager since 2012. As office manager she coordinates all SCFB agriculture outreach efforts, ranging from setting up public events to arranging volunteers to give presentations in local schools.

Ogeechee Technical College named state of Georgia’s 2015 Technical College of the Year

The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia has selected Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro as this year’s recipient of the Sonny Perdue Award for the TCSG Technical College of the Year. This is the second year since the award was established in 2010 that Ogeechee has been named College of the Year.

Rocky Ford’s Smith elected as Oglethorpe Power chair

Bobby C. Smith, Jr. of Rocky Ford, has been elected chairman of the Oglethorpe Power Corporation Board of Directors.
He succeeds former Chairman Benny W. Denham who retired in July 2015. Marshall S. Millwood of Gainesville, Ga., will continue in his role as vice chairman of the board. Jimmy G. Bailey of LaGrange, Ga., was named to Denham’s vacant seat on the Oglethorpe Power Board.

Unified for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Sylvania and Screven County went Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Sept. 25 as several employees at more than 30 businesses wore black T-shirts with gold lettering to commemorate the month while generating funds for the cause.
Amber Crosby Mock, an employee with the Bank of Newington, organized the event after working for more than four years at Lil Scholars Learning Center. That is where Mock said she had the honor of meeting a little boy who would change her life forever.
Mock calls Dusty Doyle her hero.

Rivers Alive effort cleans up 1,200 pounds

A group of about 75 gathered Saturday morning to participate in Keep Screven Beautiful Rivers Alive event.  
Participants met at Brannen’s Bridge during the morning Sept. 26; were given trash bags; and disbanded into several groups to pick up litter around several of Screven County’s waterways.
About 31 youth from Boy Scout Troop 103, Cub Scout Pack 391, and Jesus on Wheels participated in the cleanup. The groups were taken by a guide to Miller Lake, Possum Eddy Lake, Cannon Lake, and Brannen’s Bridge.  

Wild About Screven event on Sept. 19

It’s time to go Wild!  
The annual Wild About Screven Festival is this Saturday, Sept. 19.  
Organizers have the FoSCA Wild About Animals 5K Fun Run/Walk at 7 a.m. on Saturday, starting in the Queensborough Bank parking lot and finishing up at Cail Center.
That would be right across the street from the Wild About Screven Arts & Crafts Festival starting at 10 a.m. and going on until 4 p.m.  
Funds raised by the 5K will go to support FoSCA’s mission to rescue and rehome the homeless pets of Screven County.

Little Ogeechee Baptist to celebrate 225 years

It’s been 225 years since Little Ogeechee was established and God is still blessing this church.  
To commemorate the Little Ogeechee Baptist Church’s anniversary, on Sept. 20 speakers will be Dr. Kevin Smith from the Georgia Baptist Convention; Steve Longcrier, executive director of the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails; and Rev. Bobby Braswell, Associational Missionary at Middle Baptist Association.  
Special music will be by singer-songwriter Archie Jordan. Pastor Vernon Edenfield and all members invite all to come to these special services. 

Wild About Screven on Sept. 19

The annual Wild About Screven event on the Screven County Courthouse lawn will be Saturday, Sept. 19.
Organizers of the event have some great plans for the festival this year, starting with something brand new: the first-ever Wild About Screven Opportunity Drawing.
Tickets for the opportunity drawing will be $5 each, and offer a chance to win your choice of the following:
n 30-minute spa treatment from Heavenly Excape OR
n $25 gift certificate from Georgia Wilderness Outfitters OR
n Gift basket from Zandra’s Kitchen Delights

Cyclist riding 400 miles visiting state’s Revolutionary War sites

A Savannah man will pioneer a bicycle route along Georgia’s Revolutionary War Trail to celebrate American independence.
With Screven County being one of his destinations, William Bailey will leave from Richard Russell State Park near Elberton, Ga., today, July 2, and plans to arrive in St. Simon’s Island July 6.
Bailey will visit sites at Richard Russell, Nancy Hart, and Elijah Clark State Parks, Kettle Creek Battlefield, and Augusta, on his way to the Brier Creek Battlefield at the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area near Sylvania.

Sylvania Ford, Inc. earns national award by Ford Motor Company

Sylvania Ford, Inc. is among an elite group of Ford and Lincoln dealerships to be recognized with the 2013 President’s Award by Ford Motor Company.
The prestigious award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2013, by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.
Only 177 out of more than 3,600 Ford dealers nationwide earned this award for 2013.

SCHS FCCLA group ‘moves’ on to nationals

The SCHS FCCLA Parliamentary Procedures “moves” to San Antonio, Texas, in July after earning a spot at the 2014 FCCLA State Leadership Meeting as the team will represent Georgia at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
Megan Spacek, Tyshawnia Tyler, Aaliyah Tyler, Shakendra Roberts, Shai Simpson and Kierstan Leeks competed in Parliamentary Procedures, a competitive event that requires participates to take a written test and conduct a 20-minute business meeting for judges. The team will advance to the national meeting this summer.

Drawing to select SCES PreK spots

Registration for Screven County Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten program will be different for the upcoming school year.
Administrators for the school system have long been concerned about the procedures used in order to secure a spot in Screven County Elementary School’s PreK program. Therefore, changes have been made in order to register residents’ children for the 2014-2015 school year, said SCES principal Becky Martin.

Community Christian to offer high school courses

Community Christian School officials are proud to announce that the school plans to add high school grades to its school beginning next year.  
“We are planning on beginning with ninth and 10th grade for the 2014-15 school year,” said Wendy Boyd, Community Christian School director. “However, if there is enough interest for 11th and 12th, we will consider adding those also.”

GSU Lady Eagle softball picked first in SoCon preseason poll

Georgia Southern Softball has been picked as the preseason favorite by the Southern Conference coaches. Sarah Purvis was named Preseason Pitcher of the Year while Kourtny Thomas and Shelby Morrill each garnered spots on the preseason all-conference team.
Georgia Southern was picked as the preseason favorite for the second-straight year and won their second-straight league title last year with a dramatic 11-inning win over UNCG in the Championship Finale. The Eagles picked up the maximum number of first place votes on offer, seven, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own team.

Middle school boys win another region title as hoops take title

The SCMS Gamecocks boys continued in string of region championships Saturday when the squad defeated William James in Statesboro for the basketball title.
“This group has accomplished something that hasn’t been done in a long time,” said Doug Dirst, SCMS boys head coach. “It is the first boys basketball championship at the middle school since I’ve been here (22 years). This group of eighth graders will go down as the most successful ever in sports. They have won the last four boys region championships in a row (track, football, tennis and basketball).”

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