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Staff reports

Blessing of the Crops Feb. 22

It is that time of year for the farmers to begin planting their crops for the new season. Screven County Farm Bureau and Screven County Extension Services will hold a Blessing of the Crops, Thursday, Feb. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Screven County Extension office. Dan Rahn will be the speaker.
Everyone is invited to attend.


Hall of Fame nominations sought

The Screven County Athletic Hall of Fame is now accepting new nominations. A nominee must be a graduate of a public high school in Screven County. In order to be considered a nominee must have graduated no later than 2008.

Nominees’ names and a thorough biography, along with accomplishments (especially beyond high school), may be turned in to Burton Kemp at Screven County High School or Stan Sheppard at Sheppard and Pace Real Estate. The preferred method of application submission is a word document sent to Burton Kemp at

Eggs ‘N Issues Saturday

Screven County Farm Bureau will sponsor an Eggs ‘N Issues breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Screven County Extension Office.
The breakfast will be served by the Screven County 4-H Project S.A.F.E. team.
State Sen. Jesse Stone and State Rep. Jon Burns will be present to discuss issues. Also, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Congressman Rick Allen will have a field representative in attendance.

United Way's 'Paint the Town Blue' raising funds

On Friday, Feb. 2, General Beauregard Lee the South’s weather-forecasting groundhog who resides in Jackson, Ga., will predict if there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. However, in Screven County Friday citizens will know the forecast is “blue” -- United Way blue to be exact. Nearly 650 “Paint the Town Blue” T-shirts have been sold as a fundraiser for the local United Way. In the above photo, the Screven County Gamecock is flanked by the United Way “Blue Man” and United Way executive director Lorie Autry as each models this year’s shirt.

Oak Grove UMC annual fish fry Feb. 2

The Oak Grove United Methodist Church annual Fish Fry is Friday, Feb. 2, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the church on Highway 17, Scarboro Highway, near Cooperville.
The plates are $8 each and church members have tickets.
The plates include fish, grits, cole slaw and homemade slices of cake. Patrons can sit down and eat inside the church or use the drive through for pickup.
Each year the church serves approximately 1,200 plates as the money raised goes toward church programs.

Sylvania native plans run for U.S. Congress

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, was the first anniversary of the Trump Administration and the day the United States Government Shutdown. It was also the day Francys Johnson, a 38-year-old attorney and pastor from Statesboro, announced his intention to reclaim Georgia’s 12th Congressional District from the Incumbent, Augusta’s Rick W. Allen (R- Augusta).

AMERICAN PICKERS may film soon locally

In July, a movie crew came to Sylvania to shoot scenes for a movie called “Peanut Butter Falcon.”
Now Screven County may be aired on small screen too.
AMERICAN PICKERS plans to film in Georgia, including this part of the state.
According to a release, Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Georgia. They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region this winter.
Their stop in the region tenatively is scheduled for February.

Dr. King events scheduled

On Saturday, Jan. 13, the annual downtown Sylvania Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be held starting at 1 p.m. The parade will be followed by an observance inside the Screven County Courthouse in the courtroom.
On Monday, Jan. 15, the national day of observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Syl-View Rehabilitation and Memory Center will hold its 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance at 10 a.m. as refreshments will be served.

It’s Thanksgiving so it’s time to think about Christmas

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m.
The Candy Land Christmas parade will start the festival at 3 p.m. in downtown Sylvania.
The Extravaganza will offer a variety of activities like a live nativity, petting zoo, carriage rides, Victorian carolers, mechanical bull, bounce houses, amusement rides, nativity hay ride, pictures with Santa, craft booths, food vendors and more will be on hand.

Come run with us & Rudolph Dec. 2

A “Run Run Rudolph” 10K, 5K and children’s Dasher Dash will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, on the same of this year’s Christmas Extravaganza downtown Sylvania event.
The morning run will benefit the United Way of Screven County. The fee for the 10K is $40; 5K $30 and Dasher Dash $15. To register online through Active online, go to
United Way board members and volunteers urge individuals to participate it the first-ever Run, Run Rudolph, which has a 5K, 10K or 1/2 Mile Dasher Dash.

Gamechangers like Bacon to present ideas to Milledgeville

For the last five months, 50 of Georgia’s brightest young professionals have researched Milledgeville’s history, met with community leaders, toured campuses and neighborhoods, interviewed retirees, and re-imagined downtown in their quest to come up with big ideas and innovative solutions to some of the area’s most persistent challenges.
Dorie Bacon, the executive director of the Screven County Development Authority, is among the group of professionals.

County commission meeting times to change

The Screven County Commissioners currently meet regularly once a month on the second Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the board room in the county courthouse.
Agreeing with a request from the community that was presented by Commissioner J.C. Warren on Nov. , the board in the new year will alternate its meetings between morning and evening to afford citizens an opportunity to attend.
In January, the meeting will remain in the morning.
In February, the meeting will be in the evening on the second Tuesday at a time that has not been determined.

Chamber encourages shoppers to buy locally Saturday, get extra benefits

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce urges those in the community to put your money where their heart is on Saturday, Nov. 25, for “Shop Small Saturday.”  
On Saturday, local merchants and businesses throughout Screven County are encouraged to offer discounts, free gifts and much more.  
Purchase a minimum of $10 at one of the “small town business”  Chamber members and those customers will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 chamber gift certificate good anywhere in Screven County.
The drawing will be via Facebook Live, on Wednesday,Nov. 29, at 10 a.m.

Former Screven standout Owens signs to continue baseball career at Georgia Southern

East Georgia State College Bobcat baseball players Tyler Owens and Parker Stahlman have both signed on to four-year schools to continue their baseball careers and their education.
Owens, a right-handed pitcher from Sylvania, came to EGSC from Screven County High School. He will continue his education and baseball career at Georgia Southern University.
Tyler is the son of Timmy Jo and Regina Owens of Sylvania.

Run Run Rudolph & Christmas Extravaganza Dec. 2

A “Run Run Rudolph” 10K, 5K and children’s Dasher Dash will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, in the morning before the Christmas Extravaganza event as downtown in Sylvania will be buzzing with excitement.
The morning run will benefit the United Way of Screven County.
The fee for the 10K is $35; 5K $25 and Dasher Dash $15, but each of those prices will go up by $5 after Friday, Nov. 17. On Nov. 18, it will be $40, $30 and $20.
To register through Active online, go to

Shredding event at Queensborough Nov. 17

In celebration of America Recycles Day 2017, Keep Screven Beautiful and Queensborough NB&T will host its third annual shredding event.  
This event will take place Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Queensborough NB&T at the Sylvania location, on 301 Mims Road.
KSB and Queensborough Bank, joins thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

Run Run Rudolph, Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 2

A “Run Run Rudolph” 10K, 5K and children’s Dasher Dash will be held on Dec. 2 hours before the Christmas Extravaganza event will be busy downtown in Sylvania on that Saturday.
The morning run will benefit the United Way of Screven County. The fee for the 10K is $35; 5K $25 and Dasher Dash $15, but those prices will go up by $5 as the event gets closer.
Sponsors for the event are still being gathered. If you would like to be a sponsor of the event, contact the United Way office at 564-5770 for more information.


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