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Staff reports

SCMS baseball improves to 10-5 overall, 3-0 in region play

At the halfway point of their season, the Screven County Middle School baseball team recently improved their overall varsity and JV combined record to 10-5.
SCMS visited Swainsboro March 6 for a non-region doubleheader. On this date, it was a tale of two very different games. 
Game 1 featured only six scattered hits and inconsistent pitching by the Gamecocks resulting in a 12-1 loss.

A ‘special’ performance

Students from Screven County Elementary, Middle, and High schools attended 2010 Special Olympics State Winter Games in Marietta, Ga., the weekend of Jan. 15 through 17.
Elisabeth Kile from SCES won the gold medal and first place as the state champ in the Division One Girls Basketball Skills.
This was Kile’s second state title in the event. It was her third straight state title and back-to-back state in basketball skills. Kile was coached by her father Terry Kile of Newington.

Prom closes out Saturday

The Screven County High School prom will be Saturday evening as the community will be able to watch the students head into the county recreation department gymnasium on the “red carpet” for “A Night on the Nile” prom.
Reserved seating tickets for the red carpet viewing were $10 each. Friends and parents can begin seeing the prom goers announced to the public at 7 p.m.

Ware to discuss return of GSU’s triple option

Georgia Southern University alumni, boosters and friends will have the chance to listen to Eagles quarterback coach Mitch Ware talk about this fall’s return of the triple-option offense at the Screven/Jenkins County Eagle Club Annual Event April 1.
The buffet dinner with homemade desserts will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Sylvania.
Tickets are $10 per person and may be bought by contacting either Darlene Anthony at 564-7678 or Donald and Goldie Toole at 564-7550.

Sheppard tapped ‘Water Conservationist of the Year’

The Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District hosted the 59th Annual Awards Banquet to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to soil and water conservation.
Watson Lindy Sheppard Jr. has been named the Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District “Conservationist of the Year for Screven County.”

Relay events in full swing

The following are the events that are coming up for this year’s Relay For Life event.
A skeet shoot will be March 13 at Bay Gall Sporting Clays in Garfield. For more information, call (912) 865-2529.
The Grand Ole Opry event will be later that day at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Walls Diner will have its annual Relay luncheon March 21 at the restaurant on Mims Road.
The Relay For Life Pageant will be April 10, also in the SCHS auditorium.
The Survivors Dinner will be April 13 at the Cail Community Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Barrow comes to Sylvania

Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will host “Congress on the Corner” in Jenkins, Bulloch, Screven, and Candler counties Saturday, Feb. 27.
“Congress on the Corner” is an opportunity for citizens to meet one-on-one with
Congressman Barrow and to talk about what’s going on in Washington.
Barrow and his staff will be available to help anyone with problems they may be
having with a government agency, such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare,
or the Veterans Administration.

Fundraisers planned for April 30 local event

Teams already have begun to assemble to raise money for Screven County’s version of the American Cancer Society signature event Relay For Life.
The 12-hour community gathering is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on April 30 and last until 4 a.m. on May 1.
Those already one or those who wish to be one are asked to attend the next Team Captain meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the county’s library on Community Drive. Future team captain meetings will be Feb. 9, March 9 and April 12.

Gurka named one of the state's top volunteers

A woman who has volunteered for a variety of causes in Screven County for more than 30 years has won a statewide award for her work with the Soda Shop art gallery, which is a project of the Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown program.
Deanna “Dee” Gurka has been honored as most valuable volunteer by the Georgia Downtown Association and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Another national NIE citation for Sylvania Telephone

For the third consecutive year, the Sylvania Telephone, thanks to local generosity and educational system support, has earned first place nationally among non-daily publications for Newspapers In Education sponsorship.
The National Newspaper Association presented the award to the Telephone at its “Toast to the Winners” awards reception in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 26 at the annual convention.

2009 Screven County Farm Tour coming Sept. 15

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce, Screven County Extension Service and the Screven County Young Farmers are sponsoring the Screven County Farm Tour Sept. 15.
The tour organizers are Ray Hicks, County Extension Coordinator, Screven County Extension Service and John Mark Counts, Regional Vice President, Ag South Farm Credit and Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Chairman. The tour includes the following topics: Silage and Feed Alternatives, Cotton Varity Trial, Pesticide Container Disposal, Farm Programs, and Pasture Weed Identification and Control.

SCHS rewarded for sportsmanship

Screven County not only has some talented student-athletes, but the county also has some youth who display sportsmanship on their batttle fields.
Screven County High School was one of the schools to be honored by the Georgia High School Association and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation.
SCHS was one of the 40 GHSA-member high schools to receive the 2009 GEMC Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award honoring exemplary sportsmanship demonstrated during the 2008-09 school year.

Meth lab seized, local charged

A local man has been charged with possession of meth and trafficking the drug after he was apprehended early Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Marty Martinez and Cpl. Ken Kelley received information on Wednesday at approximately 1 a.m.,  from a concerned citizen of a suspicious vehicle on Sassertown Road near the Woodcliff community. 

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