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Uplifting experience for SCMS team

Twenty-six from Screven County Middle School claimed a team region runner-up trophy in Brooklet on May 7 in the Coastal Empire Region Weightlifting competition.

Other schools at the meet included Southeast Bulloch, Richmond Hill, Langston Chapel and Burke County.

Individually, two SCMS lifters were region champs, while four others were region runners-up.

Sheriff’s Office provides drop box for expired prescription drugs

The Screven County Sheriff’s Office has a shiny new white box for expired prescription drugs inside their front-entrance lobby, and law enforcement officials are hoping the "Big White Box" will be used by Screven County residents.

In a press release, the Council on Alcohol and Drugs & Georgia Law Enforcement came together to develop an easy solution for those looking to throw away their expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs to reduce drug abuse.

Sheriff’s Office provides drop box for expired prescription drugs

The Screven County Sheriff’s Office has a shiny new white box for expired prescription drugs inside their front-entrance lobby, and law enforcement officials are hoping the "Big White Box" will be used by Screven County residents.

In a press release, the Council on Alcohol and Drugs & Georgia Law Enforcement came together to develop an easy solution for those looking to throw away their expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs to reduce drug abuse.

Annual fish fry to reel in several area elected officials

Hosted by citizens of the district, the 12th Congressional District Annual Fish Fry will be Sept. 13 at the Pathway Center on U.S. Highway 301. Noted officials, including Lee Anderson, who will face Democrat U.S. Rep. John Barrow in November, are expected to attend.
The event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the center three miles south of Sylvania at 3010 Statesboro Highway.

SCHS cross country sets schedule

The Screven County High School cross country schedule has meets at Magnolia Springs and ones on the Lady Gamecocks’ home turf -- including region at SCHS.
The Lady Gamecocks will be at Magnolia Springs in Millen Saturday, Sept. 15, and Thursday, Sept. 20.
Two home meets are planned for the Wednesdays of Oct. 3 and Oct. 17.
The region meet is on the SCHS campus Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Additional meets may be added to the schedule.

Drawing for bicycle to benefit local United Way; 'Between Two Rivers Bike Ride' Oct. 6

Would you like a new bicycle? If so, it could only cost you $1. People can register to win a 2011 Trek 7000 bicycle for just $1 in an opportunity drawing as all the proceeds benefit the

United Way
of ScrevenCounty. The drawing for the bicycle will be Oct. 6 at the “Between Two Rivers Bike Ride.” You do not have to be present to win.

Ex-Sardis officer now accused of breaking into Sylvania police car

A Sylvania resident and former Sardis police officer has been charged with breaking into a city police officer’s patrol car.
Dwayne Burke of Mock Street has been charged with the crime. He is being held in Effingham County Jail.
According to reports, on Aug. 5 officers received from 911 in reference to someone ringing their bell at 5:25 a.m. at 201 Laurel Drive. Officers arrived at the scene but could not find anyone around the area.

Ask Isakson your economic questions; U.S. Senator to be in Sylvania Aug. 17

Citizens will have a rare opportunity to visit with one of Georgia’s U.S. senators in Sylvania.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will host a town hall meeting Aug. 17.
The public is encouraged to attend the 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. event at the Cail Community Center at 320 Millen Road.
Isakson will give an update from Washington, D.C., and then will spend the rest of the hour taking questions from constituents. The senator plans to address job creation and the economy.
Sylvania Mayor Margaret Evans invites all the public to meet the senator.

Millen man buys winning lottery ticket in Sylvania

A Millen landscaper has raked in big bucks from the Georgia Lottery.
Leroy Smith, 27, won $100,000 playing the instant game Big Bucks, according to the Georgia Lottery Corp.
Smith claimed his prize July 3. He purchased and scratched the ticket the day before at Ace Stop & Shop at 495 East Frontage Road in Sylvania.
“I took a second look at the ticket, and then I noticed that I won,” he said. “My heart was beating pretty fast.”
A father of two, Smith will use his prize to buy a home.
“It feels good right now,” he said.

Telephone dials in for five GPA awards

The Georgia Press Association awarded the Sylvania Telephone five awards at the association’s annual banquet, this year held on the Florida Panhandle as part of a five-state press convention.
The Telephone claimed its honors in column writing, editorial cartoons, headline writing and photography at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla., July 7. The 2012 Southeastern Press Convention included the states of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. For Georgia, this was the association’s 126th annual convention.

Local officials say people can avoid the rush and vote early

Screven County’s primary election early voting begins Monday, July 9 and ends Friday, July 27. The county’s more than 9,000 voters can vote early at the Registrar’s Office in the county courthouse from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday of the three weeks.
Additionally, a special Saturday session early vote will be held July 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Registrar’s Office.
Voters are reminded to select either Democrat or Republican ballot, which would entail voting for either tax commissioner (Democratic ticket) or district attorney (Republican ticket).

$3,000 reward offered: Family seeks public’s help on farming equipment theft

The family who had $150,000 worth of farming equipment stolen would like to offer a $3,000 cash reward for information leading to the recovery and return of the 481 Massey-Ferguson tractor (with front-end loader and bush hog), electric golf cart, gas-powered golf cart, Honda four-wheeler, assorted power tools and other stolen goods related to the theft on Pine Grove Inn Road. The arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft would need to be obtained through the information to receive the reward.

18 & have a driver’s license? You’re in the jury pool as of July 1

Georgia’s jury system will expand the local jury pool to include every citizen who is 18 and has a driver’s license effective July 1, making Georgia the last state to adopt such jury pool guidelines.
Janis Reddick, clerk of the Superior Court of Screven County, said anyone who votes or has a driver’s license or state issued identification card will now be eligible under the new law.

Soldier from Screven County key in neutralization of Taliban attack

A Screven County man is being credited with heroic actions that saved many lives during an attack June 1 by Taliban forces in Khowst, Afghanistan, said 1st Lt. James Goddard.
SPC Justin Crews, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), was processing out of headquarters for a stateside leave when the base came under heavy attack. Goddard said Crews had just turned his rifle in at the arms room when the enemy attacked the Forwarding Operating Base (FOB).

13 educators retiring this year

Screven County’s school system is losing 13 educators/administrators to retirement this year, those who are leaving had to say their last goodbyes to the students they taught over their careers in Screven County.
Edwin Lovett and Carl Roberts are both retiring from the central office. Diane McMillan, paraprofessional, also announced her retirement.
Debra Zeagler, assistant principal, Carol Counts, instructional coach, and Diane Hagan, special education teacher all announced their retirement from Screven County Elementary School

Bowing our heads on the National Day of Prayer

As proclaimed by the City of Sylvania, the National Day of Prayer went off without a hitch in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. More than 50 people prayed for the United States’ leaders and soldiers, praying for the country to have a steadfast turnaround in its recent dire times.
Rev. Terry Joyner, of the Double Heads Baptist Church, held the invocation and was followed by Rev. George Pevey, of First Christian Church, with the Pledge of Allegiance. Each bowed their heads for a short prayer for families.

Telephone’s Burke chosen as state’s ‘Salesperson of Year;’ newspaper wins five awards

The Sylvania Telephone was honored with five advertising awards – three of them first places – by the Georgia Press Association Friday night on St. Simons Island, but it was the local newspaper’s advertising representative herself who captured most prestigious acclaim of the evening.

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