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We have the ‘X’ factor

“The X Factor” on Fox TV afforded individuals the opportunity to showcase their talents for a corps of judges and an in-studio and national broadcast audience. The “X” in the “X Factor” title referred to a profound “something” that makes the person or collective group a singing star.

Sparklers only: All other fireworks still illegal in Georgia

While sparklers and similar non-explosive fireworks devices are legal in Georgia, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens urges citizens to use extreme caution to avoid injuries when using legalized fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.
“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.”

Boater education requirement mandatory starting July 1

Boaters, do you know the law on life jackets, minimum age limits for boat operators, or the punishment for boating under the influence? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources wants boaters to know the rules and be safe on the waterways in Screven this summer.
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.

County recreation department hosting state tourneys in July

The Screven Co. Recreation Department will host GRPA State Tournaments July 9-12 at the SCRD Complex Fields 5-8.
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

Screven County Boy Juniors capture district title

The Screven County Junior Boys (14&U) All-Stars won the GRPA District 1 Championship on Monday, June 23, in Hawkinsville. They went 4-0 in the tournament by defeating Glennville, Evans County, Hawkinsville, and then beat Hawkinsville again in the championship game. Players on bottom (from left) Braden Mock, Johnathan Roberts, Dixon Powell, Edward Lovett, and Antonio Stewart. Standing are Coach Andy Powell, Dalton Mock, Zackie Pendergrass, John Scott, Davien Perry, Ethan Bragg, Kashawn Robinson, John William Pollock, and Coach Josh Sheley. Not pictured was JD Johnson.

Governor to attend new yarn plant groundbreaking

Screven County Development Authority has extended an invitation to everyone to attend a groundbreaking for SV Pittie Textiles Monday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at Screven County Industrial Park.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will make remarks.  
Authority officials urge the public to “come join in and welcome our new partners to the community.”

‘Old Glory’ retirement, ‘Congress on Corner,’ identification kits & music festival Saturday

Multiple events are scheduled before noon Saturday and a music festival also is planned to be an all-day affair.
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.

Eight state honors awarded to Telephone

The Sylvania Telephone won eight Georgia Press Association awards at the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest June 6 at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel during the group’s 128th annual convention.
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.

Gamecocks to host wrestling camp

The SCHS Gamecock wrestling coaching staff and wrestlers will host a wrestling camp June 9-13 at the middle school gym.
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.

Relay surpasses its $32,000 goal

The Screven County Relay For Life “Sports for a CURE …” event was successful last week.
The Relay event has raised $39,193.30 and a Grand Ole Opry remains on the schedule May 17 at 7 p.m. at Thompson Strickland Waters Funeral Home.
Cancer survivors were the big winners Friday and Saturday as McBride Methodist Church claimed a majority of the awards including “Most Team Spirit,” “Team Cheer,” and “Best Campsite.”
Throughout the event musical entertainers sang as the community bought an array of food items as all the money raised went toward the Relay effort.

Our community prays

The National Day of Prayer in the City of Sylvania  was May 1 as the community came together for a moment of bowing of collective heads.
The theme for the 2014 observance, being chaired locally by Mayor Margaret Evans, is “One Voice United In Prayer” based on Romans 15:6 which declares: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Scarborough chosen Rotary Citizen of the Year

It is rare for a person to earn a Citizen of the Year Award from the Sylvania Rotary Club twice.
However, few people are like Betty Scarborough, the activity director at Syl-View Health Care Center.
“Mrs. Betty, we are proud to name you the Sylvania Rotary Club Citizen of the Year for 2014,” said Enoch Autry, this year’s Rotary president who awarded the honor to Scarborough at the Briar Creek Country Club April 24.

National Day of Prayer May 1

The National Day of Prayer in the City of Sylvania is May 1.
The theme for the 2014 observance, being chaired locally by Mayor Margaret Evans, is “One Voice United In Prayer” based on Romans 15:6 which declares: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Today started with a 7 a.m. invitation-only Youth Prayer Breakfast at R & D’s Restaurant. Local ministers, educators, dignitaries, Y-Club members and other leaders were scheduled to participate.

GSU Blue-White Game Saturday at Paulson

The annual Blue-White Spring Game Saturday will provide Georgia Southern fans with multiple new things to see – like additional seating, changes in the Eagles’ offense, and a different coaching staff.
Admission to the Blue-White game April 12 is free, but Georgia Southern Athletics is asking Eagle Nation to bring canned food items to help stock the shelves of the Statesboro Food Bank. In addition to canned items, boxed macaroni and cheese and cereal with a long shelf life are other non-perishable items that are also welcome.

Great American Cleanup set for April 26

The Great American Cleanup is an annual, community improvement campaign started by Keep America Beautiful in 1999.
This year on April 26 has been set aside for the Great American Cleanup Day in our area. During the Great American Cleanup, thousands of Georgians celebrate Keep Georgia Beautiful Month by cleaning, restoring and beautifying their communities.

SCMS boys tops in region again

The impressive string of region titles continues for the boys athletic programs at Screven County Middle School as the track repeated as the champions, winning the trophy by 45 points over its closest school March 22.
The SCMS boys scored 107 points on the Saturday at Southeast Bulloch High School, compared to Coastal Empire Region runner up SEBMS’s 62.
At the 10-school meet, the SCMS girls had impressive individual performances as the team finished in seventh place with 28 points.

Georgia Press Association holds contest to support newspaper loyalty

Georgia Press Association is offering a $250 cash prize to the winner of a social media contest running for the rest of the month. 
Georgia residents can enter the contest by taking a creative photograph with their favorite local paper that is a member of the Georgia Press Association. The Sylvania Telephone is a member of the GPA.
Contest entries should be posted on Instagram or Twitter, accompanied with the hashtag #ReadLocalGA. A winner will be selected April 1. No purchase is necessary to enter. 

Other election qualifiers

Locally, none of the qualifiers face opposition, but legislative incumbents for state senator and U.S. representative face challengers. Screven County commissioner incumbents Gregg Ellison, Will Boyd and Roland Stubbs have qualified. Democrat Ellison represents District 1, Democrat Boyd represents District 4, and Republican Stubbs represents District 7. Boyd is the commission chairman, while Ellison is the vice chairman.
Incumbent Republican State Rep. Jon Burns for District 159 qualified with no opposition.


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