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Junior Boys claim state title

Without a blemish on their record, the Screven County Junior Boys rolled to a state championship in Baxley Saturday.
“They played well as a team,” said coach Bob Hodges. “We want to thank everyone for all the support.”
The 14-year-old and under boys defeated Appling County 8-0 in five innings for the title. That was the same Appling squad that came through the losers’ bracket after Screven County defeated them in the first state tournament game 6-5.
In Game Two, Screven County defeated Miller County 9-2 and then Morgan County 10-5.

Davis state’s top weekly editorial cartoonist

Editorial cartoonist Robert Lee Davis led the way for Sylvania Telephone as the newspaper received three Georgia Press Association awards at the annual banquet June 18 at the convention center on Jekyll Island.
Despite the Telephone competing in the state’s largest division with 40 other newspapers of similar circulation, Davis’ honors went beyond that grouping. Davis was rewarded with first and second places out of all the weekly GPA newspapers in Georgia.
The GPA honors only one weekly and one daily newspaper cartoonist statewide with first-place plaques.

Former Sylvanian Eanes named to Hall of Fame

Former Sylvanian George Eanes has been inducted into the Georgia Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
The honor was bestowed to Eanes at a hall of fame banquet in Dalton at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, the home of the GACA HOF.
While a resident of Screven County, Eanes lived in the Bay Branch area. He is the brother of Carolyn Lewis.

Middle school baseball concludes its 2010 season

Between March 23 and March 31, SCMS baseball continued the second half of their region schedule with a tough road stretch against top-seeded Southeast Bulloch, South Effingham, and Richmond Hill. 
The Gamecocks lost all three region games by only a combined seven runs (13-10, 8-7, 9-6). 
After playing stellar defense during the first half of the season, the SCMS defense cost the Gamecocks all three losses by committing numerous errors leading to many unearned runs. 

BBQ cookoff winners announced

2010 Grill-Off Competition Results Amateur Contestants: Grill #1: Jason Smith & John McAfee Grill #2: Charles Royal Grill #3: “Tank” Tankersley Professional Contestants: Grill #4: The Wood Fire Grill (Johnny Anderson) Grill #5: The Rib Shack (Curtis Starling) Overall Winners: Amateur 1st Place: Grill #1 (Jason Smith & John McAfee) Amateur 2nd Place: Grill #3 (“Tank” Tankersley) Professional 1st Place: Grill #5 (The Rib Shack—Curtis Starling) Professional 2nd Place: Grill #4 (The Wood Fire Grill—Johnny Anderson) Category Winners:

Sylvania officials to check progress of returned forms

Over the next few days, officials from the city of Sylvania will be visiting neighborhoods to check on how well residents have done thus far in returning their U.S. Census forms. The city officials will be wearing identification badges. The city’s efforts are being conducted separately from that of the U.S. Census Bureau. Residents should have received a form by now.

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.

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