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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).”

It’s region playoff time for the middle school boys

The SCMS boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Statesboro on Wednesday Jan. 8 to take on the nights of William James.
The girls’ game was a matchup of two teams looking for their first win. The game was close throughout with William James taking a 14-9 halftime lead. After a hard fought second half the Lady Knights defeated the Lady Gamecocks 26-19. Santana Jones led the Lady Gamecocks with 9.
The boys game was a battle for home court in the region playoffs.

Special Olympian Kile captures fourth straight state championship

Elisabeth Kile from Screven County Elementary attended 2010 Special Olympics Area 13 Games May 14 at Georgia Southern University and then attended the State Summer Games at Emory University in Atlanta the weekend of May 20-23. Elisabeth, coached by her father Terry Kile, won the gold medal as the Area 12 Region champ in the Division One Girls Soft Ball Throw at GSU. This was Kile’s first region title in this event. Later in the day at GSU she won her second gold medal for the Screven County Gamecocks as she claimed the 50-yard dash as the region champ.

Maj. Gen. Johnson, a Sylvania native, honored for dedication

Maj. Gen. Jerome Johnson, a native of Sylvania, has retired from the Army after 36 years of service.
Johnson’s retirement ceremony was held on Nov. 24 at U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), which is at Fort McPherson, Ga. He had served there since June 2007 as the deputy chief of staff G-4, which is equivalent to being a senior vice president for logistics for a large civilian corporation.
“I’ve enjoyed my service to my country and the camaraderie of being in the military, and I’ll miss being with soldiers,” Johnson said.
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