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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

Help keep our Rivers Alive

This year’s Rivers Alive will be Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. until noon.
The Keep Screven Beautiful Rivers Alive is a volunteer cleanup that targets waterways in Georgia including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources.

11 defendants charged with federal crimes

Two federal indictments, unsealed Sept. 19 in federal court, have charged 11 defendants with conspiracy to commit theft of public money and access device fraud in connection with fraudulent tax returns.
Both of these indictments allege that the defendants illicitly obtained and possessed debit cards and tax refund checks stemming from the preparation and submission of fraudulent tax returns. The initial court appearances were held the morning of Sept. 19 in the Federal Courthouse in Statesboro.

‘Between Two Rivers Bike Ride’ rolls through county Oct. 5

The “Between Two Rivers Bike Ride” that benefits the United Way of Screven County is just one week away and there still is time to be a rider on one of the four routes, join in the fun of the “Family Day,” sign up to be volunteer or even help sponsor the event that draws the community together and brings visitors to Screven County.
The third annual bicycle ride will be Oct. 5. The four routes of 12, 30, 62 and 100 will start at the Sylvania First Baptist Church. The “Family Fun Day Event” will take place at the Screven County Recreation Department Complex that same October Saturday.

Political leaders expected at District 12 event

The 16th Annual 12th Congressional District Fish Fry is planned for Sept. 19cat the Pathway Center on U.S. Highway 301 just outside of the Sylvania city limits.
The Screven County Republican Party will again host the event that is 3 miles south of Sylvania.
State elected officials and candidates from the district have been invited with many already confirmed to be in attendance.
A program of outdoor musical entertainment featuring gospel singers will begin at 5 p.m.
The meal starts at 6:30 p.m.

'Wild About Screven' festival approaches

The “Wild About Screven” festival begins Saturday with some alterations to the schedule.
On Sept. 14, will be a kayaking event on Briar Creek from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contact Emelyn Hunter at 912-564-2678 from additional information.
On Friday, Sept. 20, will be the Catfish Open Tournament that will be held throughout the county.
Also, a Picnic in the Park event will be in the Sylvania Downtown Park as the meal will be $6 a bag lunch. The event Sept. 20 will be from 11:30 to 2 p.m.

Hospital holding Friday morning seminar on insurance questions

Optim Medical Center Screven has scheduled a “town hall” session on insurance questions for Screven County residents Friday, Sept. 6, at 9 a.m. in the Screven County High School Auditorium.
It is free to attend.
The session will bring a multitude of professionals, like hospital record keepers and registration managers, to answer questions related to health insurance residents have.
For more information call Bayne Sommers at 912-564-7426.

Mayor Evans named ‘Volunteer of Year’

More than 100 gathered in Savannah on Thursday night, Aug. 15, at the Historic Lucas Theater to recognize those individuals being honored at the Georgia Downtown Awards of Excellence Event.
This awards reception held annually in conjunction with the Georgia Downtown Conference recognizes outstanding achievements in downtown development by our local community’s volunteers and hard working downtown development professionals.

Family Fun Day Event too on day of bike ride

The “Between Two Rivers Bike Ride” will have a newly added event this year. While bicyclists are riding one of four routes through the county, a “Family Fun Day” will be held at the Screven County Recreation Department. Children and adults can ride their bikes at the recreation complex and the youth can play on multiple bounce houses. The event at the complex will be $5 per participant. Additional donations to United Way will be accepted. The routes around the county are $30 per person. Those interested in the fun day at the complex can sign up early or on the day of the ride Oct. 5.


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