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Staff report

SCHS band claims ‘gold’ at Sound of Silver Invitational

Saturday was super as the Screven County High School Gamecock Band performed in their first competition of the season at Pierce County High School in the Sound of Silver Invitational.  
The SCHS band received straight superior ratings in every caption including drum major, percussion color guard, and overall band.  
The band members finished third overall in their classification.  

Bike ride canceled, but campaign powers forward

With the safety of bicyclists and motorists a concern with the rainy conditions, the Oct. 3 Between Two Rivers Bike Ride to benefit the United Way of Screven County was canceled.
Organizers of the annual event do not plan on rescheduling this year. The 2016 ride would be on Oct. 1.
The drawing for the Yeti cooler that was donated by Possum Eddy Ace Hardware was conducted Monday morning.
The winner of the cooler was Don Jamerson.
The campaign toward the goal of $75,000 continues.

‘Pink Out’ Oct. 30 game

The Screven County High School Student Government Association will again host “Pink Out” to have the public gain more awareness about all types of cancer. The “Pink Out” at the Screven County High School Gamecock football game will be Oct. 30 as SCHS plays Dublin for “Senior Night.” This will be the third consecutive year that the high school’s SGA will donate the money raised from the sale of “Pink Out” items to the United Way of Screven County to help provide financial assistance to local cancer victims and their caregivers.

Time for the annual bike ride after those tasty pancakes

The organizers of the Sept. 17 “Flapjack Give Back” kickoff fundraiser for the 2016 United Way of Screven County campaign asked residents whether they were hungry for some pancakes.
The answer came back with a solid “yes.”
The social hall of the First United Methodist Church in Sylvania was busy through the two-hour event as 2015 celebrity chef champion Rachel Thompson of the Bank of Newington was able -- thanks to generous patrons -- claim the trophy again.

Sylvanian Hammond to run for state senate

While local races are heating up on the political scene, one Sylvania resident is eyeing a post in a 2016 election.
Stephen Hammond recently launched his campaign for Georgia State Senate District 23. About 45 supporters gathered at the Pathway Center in Sylvania to launch the campaign and show their support as Hammond seeks a position currently held by fellow Republican Jesse Stone, an attorney and former mayor of Waynesboro.

A Picnic in the Park

The Downtown Development Authority/Classic Main Street is having the annual Picnic in the Park on Friday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. with the bag lunches being served from their office on the square in downtown Sylvania. The bag lunch includes a big bar-be-que sandwich, bag of chips, homemade brownie and a choice of drink -- all of this is delivered in a bag featuring artwork done by budding artists in Screven County. Elementary students from the Community Christian School and the Screven County Elementary School have created original works of art for each bag.

Annual waterways cleanup Sept. 26

Keep Screven Beautiful’s ninth annual Rivers Alive will be Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Brannens Bridges.
Supplies such as trash bags and gloves will be provided and after collection refreshments will be served
For more information, call 912-978-1076. Waivers are needed for all volunteers and minors must have a guardian signature. 
There will be a sign-up sheet and waivers available at the cleanup site.

Flapjack Give Back Sept. 17 to benefit your local United Way

Eat breakfast for dinner this evening and you will be giving to a worthy cause.
Five celebrity chefs will have some pancake specialities ready for consumption, today, Sept. 17, at the “Flapjack Give Back” for the 2016 United Way of Screven County campaign kickoff.
The evening event that supports the local United Way will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sylvania.

Ceremony for 9/11

Friday, Sept. 11, marks the 14th anniversary of the terroristic attacks on America when airlines were intentionally flown into the World Trade Center buildings in New York City. On Friday, Screven County residents are encouraged to gather near the cannons at the American flag in the downtown Sylvania park at 9:45 a.m. The bells at the Sylvania First United Methodist Church will toll at 10:02 a.m. -- the time 14 years ago when the last plane crashed into the field in Pennsylvania. Lee Greenwood’s song “God Bless the USA” and “Amazing Grace” will be played as the bells toll 14 times.

Tickets available for Sept. 17 Flapjack Give Back fundraiser kickoff

The Flapjack Give Back to support the United Way of Screven County will be during the evening hours of 5 to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sylvania on Thursday, Sept. 17.
This campaign kickoff will have specialty pancakes prepared by local celebrity chefs as Rachel Thompson returns to defend her treasured title from last year’s Waffle-Off.
For $5 per person, you get top-notch celebrity-prepared pancakes, sausage and grits. Also you have the chance to put some “tip” money into the jar of your favorite chef.

Power outage for 1,250

Approximately 1,250 Planters Electric Cooperative customers were without power Monday.
Randy Hill with Planters Electric said crews worked hard to restore power for the customers.
Hill said that in a wet area near Kimwood Drive and Highway 21 Bypass in Sylvania, a green tall pine tree uprooted and fell over onto a double circuit feeder from the Sylvania Substation.
Hill said the outage affected about 1,250 members and took more than three hours to repair damage and restore power to members.

Major spill into Buck Creek

A major spill occurred at the Sylvania Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friendship Road.
According to city officials, during the upgrade of the aeration basins, there was an upset in the sludge handling which overloaded the clarifier and allowed solids to enter Buck Creek.
Approximately, 36,000 gallons went into the creek.
The treatment plant city employees went to Buck Creek and shoveled as much of the solid material as they could to be disposed of inside the plant.

Former Screven County superintendent Mills dies

John Atys Mills, III, who served as a long-time superintendent of Screven County Schools, died Monday, Aug. 24, at the age of 82.
The son of the late John A. Mills, Jr. and Evelyn Hobby Mills of Sylvania, Mills graduated from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and earned an A.B. degree in English Literature from Emory University in Atlanta before serving in the U.S. Navy. 
He was employed at the University of Georgia and Emory University before returning to Screven County to his life’s work as superintendent of schools. 

Lots of activity expected at election time

Multiple townships in Screven County will hold elections for various seats in November.
The City of Sylvania, Georgia will conduct a General election to elect a mayor and three city council members.  
The election will be conducted in the city on Tuesday, Nov. 3.  
Advance voting begins Oct. 12 at the Screven County Registrar’s Office.
In Oliver, three council seats are open to those who wish the qualify.
Hiltonia also will have three open council seats.

Qualifying for city elections to begin

The City of Sylvania, Georgia will conduct a General election to elect a mayor and three city council members.
The election will be conducted in the city on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Advance voting begins Oct. 12 at the Screven County Registrar’s Office.
All persons desiring to qualify as candidates in the election should do so by filing notice of their candidacy at city hall and paying their qualifying fees at that time.
The qualifying fee for candidates desiring to run for mayor will be $144 and council will be $72.

Boosters getting their SCHS football seats now

The Screven County Athletic Booster Club’s annual membership drive continues.
The club’s meetings are the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Films from the previous Friday night football games are shown every Monday at 7 p.m. All meetings/films viewings are in the high school health room, which is past the weight room.  
Members also are invited on Fridays of football home games at noon at R&D’s Restaurant to have lunch with the fall season athletes of cheerleading, softball, cross country and football.

Soda Shop Gallery celebrates 10 years

Soda Shop Gallery is celebrating 10 years on the square in downtown Sylvania promoting local art to enrich and preserve our community.  
The gallery is a project of the Downtown Development Authority/Classic Main Street. 
It is an art gallery that was established in 2005 in an unusable building. Previously a restaurant for about 65 years, the building was in terrible shape and had not been occupied for many years.

Band concert May 4

The bands from Screven County Middle School and Screven County High School will perform in a free concert May 4 in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. The night also will feature the SCHS jazz band that recently has played for individuals in other areas. Donations can be made toward the music department at the event. For the donation, individuals will receive a copy of the newest SCHS Music Technology CD that was created in the classroom by students.

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