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Ladies and gentlemen, start your pedals for Between Two Rivers Bike Ride

The third annual “Between Two Rivers Bike Ride” to benefit the United Way of Screven County will be Oct. 5 and the event not only will have its four traditional routes but it also will have a shorter “family friendly” one too.
Event organizers continue to encourage those in the community to be bicycle riders, volunteers or business sponsors of this cause.
The ride will have four courses that all begin at the First Baptist Church in Sylvania on South Main Street. The ride routes will be 12, 30, 62 and 100 miles.

Perdue keynotes Tuesday’s kickoff for local United Way

Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue will serve as the keynote speaker for Tuesday’s campaign kickoff luncheon for the United Way of Screven County.
Perdue, who served two terms in the state’s top position, also has other ties to Screven County as his agriculture company AGrowStar recently acquired the David W. Reed Company in Sylvania.
Organizers of the kickoff are expecting a strong turnout for the Aug. 20 at noon at the county extension service office on Rocky Ford Road.

Town hall meeting to help citizens prepare for dangers of anthrax

The city of the Sylvania along with the East Central Health District and Screven County Chamber of Commerce will host a town hall meeting at the Cail Community Center on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to alert the public of the dangers of Anthrax. As well as provide information on the Medical Reserve Corps.

Prayer for T.J. Aug. 1

Beginning at 5 p.m. today, Aug. 1, at Kelly Memorial Stadium, a prayer event for T.J. Heinemeyer will be held for the teenager was one of six in a pickup crash July 21. While all the teenagers in the vehicle were injured, Heinemeyer’s injuries were the most severe. He recently opened his eyes from his medically induced coma. The crash occurred on Buck Creek Road at 6:30 a.m. The Georgia State Patrol deemed the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. Chance Harkins, also in the vehicle, remains hospitalized as well.

Register now for women’s Aug. 3 self-defense course

Ladies, it is time to take charge and be ready to defend yourself.
The world can be a very dangerous place, but a two-hour course could aid in combating life’s unknowns.
“Take the matter of self-defense in your own hands. The danger vanishes when you know how to defend yourself,” said executive director Latasha Roberts of the Screven County Chamber of Commerce who is among those sponsoring a self-defense course for women.
The registration signup deadline for the female personal safety and self-defense course for women is Friday, July 26.

Juniors claim third at state

The Junior Boys 14 and under team finished third in state during the week of July 9-13 at Cook County.
The local squad qualified for the GRPA state tournament by finishing runner-up in the GRPA First District.
While in Adel, Ga., the juniors defeated Berrien County 9-6 and defeated Appling County 5-3.
The Screven Countians then lost to Jeff Davis County 12-4 and lost to Appling County 8-0 to finish in third place.
Jeff Davis County won the state championship and Appling County finished runner-up.

New students should register now for school

Are you new to Screven County and you have school-aged children?
If so, now is the time to register your children in the Screven County School System.
Open registration for new students is today, July 18, and July 22-25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of those days.
The registration can be done at the school district’s central office at 382 Halcyondale Road in Sylvania.
To register, you are required to bring proof of residency, current Georgia immunization record, certified birth certificate, social security card and proof of residency.

Perdue to be United Way kickoff speaker

Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Aug. 20 campaign kickoff luncheon for the United Way of Screven County.
Perdue, who served two terms in the state’s top position, also has other ties to Screven County as his agriculture company AGrowStar recently acquired the David W. Reed Company in Sylvania.
With the Sylvania site, AGrowStar has nine facilities in Georgia and has been in the grain business for 37 years.

Welcoming tourists to our county and state

The Georgia Visitor Information Center and the Screven County Chamber of Commerce are committed to helping increase tourism in Georgia, Screven County particularly.
Therefore, a partnership has formed to enhance tourism efforts.
Every year the Georgia Visitor Information Center, located on U.S. Highway 301 near the  has more than 69,000 visitors. Plans are underway to increase this number. As well, plans to provide each visitor a reason to not only visit, but shop and dine in Screven.
Hence, the food tour “A Taste of Screven.”

‘Business After Hours’ at AgSouth June 11

AgSouth will host a “Business After Hours” for the Screven County Chamber of Commerce July 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the business location of 302 Mims Road in Sylvania.
AgSouth Farm Credit is a member-owned lending cooperative that provides financing to rural American for agriculture, land, homes and other property. According to its website, AgSouth is “dedicated to providing customers with quality service, competitive rates and a wide choice of products to help them better manage their farming operations.”

Use caution with sparklers

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.”

Barrow announces new school-safety legislation

U.S. Congressman John Barrow announced new legislation Monday to help provide better security at schools across the country.
Barrow was joined at a press conference to announce the legislation by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree and Richmond County Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson.
The legislation, H.R. 2583, already has the endorsement of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the National Association of School Administrators, the School Superintendent’s Association.

Rough, tough tourneys on diamond

The Screven County Junior Boys of ages 14 and under are headed to state after battling through the losers’ bracket to match up with the undefeated tournament team of Metter.
Screven County and Metter were to square off at 5 p.m. at the Screven County Recreation Department complex Wednesday for the district title. Both teams will head to the state playoffs no matter the outcome of the game that was played after the Sylvania Telephone’s press time.  The top two squads from each district go to state.

Mingle now DEA football coach too

A former three-sport athlete and member of the Hall of Fame at Screven County High School has found additional success in the coaching ranks.
In his second year as a David Emmanuel Academy head baseball coach, Tyrone Mingle’s teams have completed two straight years of winning the Class A region championship. Mingle also won the Coach of the Year honors for the past two years.
With this success comes the opportunity for more success in another sport -- football. Mingle has been named the new DEA head football coach.

All-Star district tournaments hosted by SCRD this weekend

Flea Boys Sub-District will be June 20-22. First game for Screven County All-stars is Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m. vs the winner of Reidsville/Metter. The top two teams from the “East” Sub-District will complete in the District Finals Tournament in Screven County June 26-27.
Flea Girls District is June 20-25. First game for Screven County All-stars is Thursday, June 20, at 6:15 p.m. vs Millen-Jenkins Co.
Junior Boys District is June 21-26. First game for Screven County All-stars is Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m. vs. Cochran-Bleckley County.

Telephone dials in to more awards

The Sylvania Telephone was among the newspapers honored by the Georgia Press Association at the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest June 7 at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel during the group’s 127th annual convention.
State winners in the annual contest were honored for their outstanding achievements in newspaper journalism. Entries were judged in nine divisions based on circulation. A total of 651 awards presented in 36 categories to 84 newspapers.
The Telephone participates in the division with the most like-sized newspapers as more than 40 have similar circulation.

Third annual United Way bike ride planned

The date for the third annual “Between Two Rivers Bike Ride” has been set and the organizers of the event that benefits the United Way of Screven County wants the citizens to continue to be part of the ride that showcases the community as either bicyclists or volunteers.
The Oct. 5 ride will have four courses that all begin at the First Baptist Church in Sylvania on South Main Street. The ride routes will be 12, 30, 62 and 100 miles.

Two GOP candidates announce bids to face Barrow

Thus far two Republicans have announced they will seek the nomination to face Democratic incumbent John Barrow for the Twelfth Congressional District in 2014. Both of whom have run campaigns for the U.S. House seat before.
Rick Allen, who came in second in the 2012 Republican Primary, and John Stone, who challenged Barrow in the 2008 primary election, have announced.
Allen lost the primary runoff in the 12th Congressional District last year by 159 votes to nominee Lee Anderson.

Getting 'Wild' about Screven

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce and the Sylvania Junior Woman’s Club announced their partnership in debuting the September "Wild About Screven" festival.

Known to past visitors as the Sylvania Sampler, the week-long festival will start Sept. 14 and continue through Sept. 21 with a myriad of events across the county.

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