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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.

Former SYS owner passes

A community business leader and supporter of Screven County and Georgia Southern academics and athletics died Feb. 15.
Don G. Aaron Sr., 65, of Sylvania, Georgia passed away at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
Aaron was the owner/president and CEO of Sylvania Yarn Systems, Inc., in Sylvania.
Visitation and funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Sylvania First United Methodist Church with Rev. C. Mike Benson officiating.
Burial was at Screven County Memorial Cemetery.

Storm ‘Pax’ a wallop on Screven

Screven Countians felt the brunt of Winter Storm Pax Tuesday, Wednesday and into this morning as icing forced many residents to opt for extra blankets or to visit with friends as their power was knocked off.
Along the roadways, the weight of the ice caused many trees to topple, sometimes onto the streets and other times onto power lines.
Many businesses either chose to close their businesses early or store managers had to lock up because of unavailable power.

Emeritus virtues of teachers

The local chapter of retired teachers have honored two of their own for reaching and passing 90 years of age with a prestigious award.
Chapter president Jewel Davis pined members Virginia Slaughter Miller and Elise Strickland at a recent meeting with the Georgia Retired Educators Association Emeritus Membership.
Miller, who is 102, was born in Waverly Hall, Ga., and graduated from Waverly Hall High School. Miller received an AB degree from Bessie Tift College in 1931 with majors in English and Latin and a diploma in Expression.

Fritz signs 17 to Georgia Southern’s first FBS class on National Signing Day

STATESBORO, Ga. – Head Coach Willie Fritz announced his first Georgia Southern signing class, welcoming, the 17 new Eagles Feb. 5 at the Parrish Football Center, for the program’s first Football Subdivision (FBS) class. Three individuals enrolled at the University at mid-year to bring the overall number of signees for Georgia Southern to 20.

Today’s list includes five Eagles from the state of Georgia, three each from Florida and Texas, two from Alabama and one each from Mississippi,

Austin in Border Bowl with Georgia, S.C. all stars

SCHS senior lineman Adam Austin, an All-State selection in 2012, has been chosen to play in the Georgia-South Carolina Border Bowl Game at Lucy Craft Laney Stadium Saturday, Jan. 11, as the kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the gates.
“We are very excited about Adam playing in the game” said SCHS head football coach Ron Duncan. “He is a great representative of Screven County. I am very proud of him.”
The game will pit area all-stars from South Carolina and Georgia facing off.

Winter snaps back

Screven County was bundled up in the cold storm that rolled across the United States, and even though the Southeast region of the country wasn’t hit particularly hard, the storm managed to set record lows across the state.
Vern Beaver, observing program leader at the NOAA Weather Service in Charleston, said Savannah’s temperatures broke both the record low and the maximum low Tuesday. Savannah’s previous coldest Jan. 7 was 21 degrees set in 1959 – the temperature went down to 19 degrees.

Sing to praise God & raise $$$ for clinic

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home will sponsor a “Gospel Sing” to benefit the St. Camillus Health Clinic in Sylvania Sunday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home’s chapel.
The tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance as only 200 tickets are available at the funeral home or from employees of the funeral home.
All proceeds go to the health clinic. Several local musical groups will be featured. For more information, call (912) 564-2331 or visit online at


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