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We knew it was coming and summer South Georgia heat has made its blistering appearance in Screven County.
With temperatures hitting 100 degrees Fahrenheit and still climbing since the start of the week, everyone is urged to drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated. Unless it is necessary, it is wise to minimize your time in the blazing sun, especially during the peak temperature hours daily after noon.
Screven County has plenty of different event scheduled over the upcoming weeks.
Along with various Screven County sports contests involving the school system and the county recreation department, here are just some of the local happenings --
On Sept. 18, the 17th annual fish fry for the 12th Congressional District will be at the Pathway Center on Highway 301 starting at 6:30 p.m.
On Sept. 20, a Plantation Airpark Fall Fly-In will start at 9 a.m.
On that same day, Wild About Screven will be held on the Screven County Courthouse Lawn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The project is an opportunity for the university and the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences to conduct basic research designed to ensure a long-term and holistic approach for research on the river.
Tina Johnson officially began her position Tuesday. She has quickly become acquainted with the various aspects of the county’s United Way. Johnson resides in Screven County with her husband Jody and the couple’s two children.
Johnson graduated from Screven County High School before obtaining her diploma as a nurse from Ogeechee Technical College.
First of these events is the Wild About Screven Catfish & Bass Fishing Tournament.
Starting Friday, Sept. 19, anglers are invited to fish the waters of Screven County for the biggest fish they can land. There will be a weigh-in at the Amphitheater behind the Screven County Courthouse at 11 a.m. on Sept. 20.
For more information about this event, please contact Barry Durden.
Kickoff at Kelly Memorial Stadium is at 7:30 p.m.
Next week on Saturday, Aug. 23, the season begins for real and Sylvania will have something extra to begin its 2014 campaign.
The stadium will be rededicated to honor Army Maj. Charles Kelly on the 50th anniversary of his death during the Vietnam War.
The sales tax holiday applies to both the 4 percent state sales tax, and any local sales taxes – in most Georgia counties shoppers will save from 7 percent to 8 percent total in taxes.
In Screven County, shoppers can take advantage of 7 percent tax savings on the purchase of such items as “S” T-shirts or polos that adhere to the county’s dress code.
According to the Georgia Department of Revenue during the July/August sales tax holidays, the following items will be exempt:
• Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item;
The tourneys concluded Saturday, July 12, as the Screven County Flea Boys and Midget Boys were fourth and the Flea Girls were seventh. Twenty-five teams competed in the 8-and-under Fleas and 12-and-under Midget baseball.
Visiting Jeff Davis County did well as their Flea Girls and Midgets won the state titles. Jeff Davis’ Flea Boys were runners-up to Evans County.
On the Democratic Party ballot, Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie D. Wilson face each other in a runoff for the party’s state school superintendent nomination.
On the Republican Party ballot, J.H. “Jack” Kingston and David A. Perdue face each other in a runoff for the party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, a seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss.
“Even legal fireworks should only be used with close adult supervision,” Hudgens said. “For the sake of safety and seeing a spectacular display, your best bet is to attend a professional show.”
A new boater education requirement has been set for all vessel operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, making a boater education course mandatory July 1, 2014.
Twenty-five teams will compete for a state championship in the following age divisions: Flea Girls (8&U) Softball; Flea Boys (8&U) Baseball; and Midget Boys (12&U) Baseball.
Each of the Screven County All-Star teams in these age divisions will compete.
Brackets for the tournaments can be found at www.screvenrec.com.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will make remarks.
Authority officials urge the public to “come join in and welcome our new partners to the community.”
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7116 and the Brier Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host an American Flag Retirement Ceremony June 14 for Flag Day.
The event will start at 10 a.m. behind the Sylvania Fire Department and Police Department.
Earlier this year, the Telephone received five GPA advertising awards for the 2013 calendar year to earn the Sylvania newspaper 13 state association honors.
This year’s GPA judges were from Virginia.
It will be open to all kids aged 5-13 with each camper receiving a Screven County Gamecock wrestling camp T-shirt on the final day. Each day the camp will begin at 8 a.m. and will last until 11 a.m.
Registration for the camp is $50 and will take place between 7 and 8 a.m. on June 9.
“It is vital for the future of our wrestling program that we introduce the sport to athletes at a young age,” said SCHS head coach Matthew Sheley.