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‘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.

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.

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