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Staff reports

Jacobson succeeds Lawn to become new chamber director

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce has appointted Wendy Jacobson as its new executive director.
Jacobson succeeds Brooke Lawn.
Since 2006, Jacobson most recently served as director of information technology for the business and finance unit at Georgia Southern University and brings with her a wealth of experience in technology and business management.
In addition to her experience in higher education, Jacobson also brings with her extensive experience working in the retail and manufacturing sectors.

Kile, Mock show skills, claim state championships

Elisabeth Kile and Triston Mock from Screven County Middle School captured gold at the 2011 State Special Olympics Fall Games, Oct. 21- 23, in Dalton, Ga. 
During opening ceremony, Kile and Mock took part and presented a American Flag, which was flown at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Iraq on Sept. 11, 2011. Baghdad is where Kile’s father, Terry Kile, is working as an explosives detection dog handler. 

FCCLA shows its imagination

Imagine winning first place in a state competition.
The SCHS chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America placed first in the FCCLA T-shirt contest sponsored by Georgia FCCLA at the Fall Leadership Conference Sept. 22- 23 at the FFA –FCCLA Center in Covington.
More than 75 T-shirt design entries were voted on by over 1,200 FCCLA attendees from across the state. Using the 2011-2012 National FCCLA theme, “Imagination in Action,” SCHS FCCLA members competed in Membership Recruitment campaign and T-shirt and lapel pin design.

Sylvania Huddle House investigated for paying below minimum wage

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated 30 Huddle House locations across three states with more than 120 employees  and found many violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Minimum and overtime back wages totaled $60,594 which will be paid to 128 employees and $48,317 in civil money penalties for repeat and child labor violations.
The Sylvania restaurant is one of seven stores owned by Dan King Jr.

Hiltonia receives grant for paving

The City of Hiltonia has successfully competed for and received a Community Development Block Grant for $ 431,423 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The grant is for the purpose of  paving and installing drainage on Southside Drive in Hiltonia.
The grant award was presented to the city by Commissioner Mike Beatty and was accepted on behalf of the city by Mayor Gerry Forehand and Wesley Parker, engineer for the project in a ceremony conducted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs at The Marriott Macon City Center in Macon Sept. 16.

October is ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and this edition of the Sylvania Telephone printed on pink newsprint definitely draws attention to the serious subject.
In an effort to promote awareness for and advance toward a cure for breast cancer and other cancers, Screven County’s Relay For Life committee will host a chili cookout Saturday, Oct. 8, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Cail Community Center.

Screven County deputy "Ms. Kat" shot

A beloved Screven County deputy was shot in the leg early Monday afternoon during a prison transport from Chatham County to Sylvania.
Kat Griffin was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah for treatment. The prisoner was apprehended and is in custody in the Screven County Jail.
Griffin was the first African-American female hired as a deputy with the Screven County Sheriff's Office. She is a school resource officer for the elementary, middle and high schools in the county.

Top-ranked Eagles visit Elon Saturday

Georgia Southern (3-0) heads to North Carolina in search of its first 3-0 start in the Southern Conference since 2004 when they face Elon (3-1, 1-0) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The No. 1-ranked Eagles hit the road for the second time this season and have the opportunity to remain atop the Southern Conference standings.
“We are in the meat of our conference schedule now and have to travel up to Elon. What a great job Jason Swepson and his staff are doing,” said head coach Jeff Monken.

‘It is a pleasure to serve.’

It is easy to lose sight of your overall goal when you have group members, board representatives or even those in your own family tugging you literally and verbally in various directions.
But assistant district attorney Kathy Bradley of the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit told a luncheon gathering of 50 Tuesday to remain on a path toward their fundraising mission for this year’s United Way of Screven County campaign of $80,000.

‘Where there is a Wheel, there is a Way'

Oct. 1 will be the Between Two Rivers Bike Ride to benefit the county’s United Way.
The rides are 12, 30, 50 and 100 miles as local riders will be joined by visitors from around the state.
Anyone who would like to donate a bicycle for others to ride in the event can contact the United Way office at 564-5770.
The kickoff for the United Way campaign will be Sept. 20 with the theme “Where there is a Wheel, there is a Way” which coincides with the bike ride.
For more information or a registration form, please contact the United Way office.

Citizens, take a moment to remember 9/11 Sunday

A lot has happened to us as people in the last 10 years since our country was brutally attacked by terrorists.
The City of Sylvania has planned a memorial service for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 assault on our nation Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. 
The observance will be conducted in the Sylvania Downtown Park by the historic cannons from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.

County-wide tent revival rejuvenates

The Middle Baptist Association along with Crusades for Christ Tent Ministries will host Screven County 4 Jesus Christ at the Screven County Recreation Department Complex Sept. 11-14.
The services will begin at 7 p.m. each night.
Crusades for Christ was started by Florida businessman Joe Anderson about three years ago as a way of bringing communities and churches together to encounter God.
Bill Bozeman is the evangelist for the week, and Gary Tomlinson is the worship leader.

Mark your calendar now for the Sampler, Rivers Alive & bike ride

The Sylvania Sampler returns to its traditional site of the Screven County Courthouse Lawn Sept. 17 with all its crafts, music, food and fun.
This will be the Junior Woman’s Club’s 31st annual Sampler.
The arts and crafts festival begins at 10 a.m. with some members of the Sylvania city council and Screven County commission welcoming people.
The fun will continue through 4 p.m., with crafts, food booths, live music, a health fair, safety fair, photography contest and always-popular dog show.

Chatham removed from Barrow’s 12th District

Screven County currently remains in the 12th Congressional District according to the recently drawn district, but U.S. Rep. John Barrow is losing something big -- Chatham County.
With a new district created in North Georgia, Barrow’s district would not have Savannah, where the attorney currently resides.
The General Assembly is in special session to redraw its own district boundaries and those of the Georgia congressional delegation to reflect population shifts since 2000.
Barrow has said he plans to run in the new 12th District.

Our downtown program’s the ‘Main’ one

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for the fifth consecutive year. Standards for fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress, and preserving historic buildings and more were all part of the designation. Hilda Boykin, the DDA of Sylvania Better Hometown manager, said the organization was thrilled to get the accreditation for the fifth year and would continue to try and meet all the goals for next year.

Autry and Telephone excel with Morris Communications

Morris Communications, the parent company of the Sylvania Telephone, bestowed top honors to publisher-editor Enoch Autry and the Screven County community newspaper for headline writing at a July 27 ceremony at the Augusta Chronicle.
The Morris Journalism Excellence Awards annually recognizes quality work from among the company’s 13 dailies and 28 non-dailies. The contest presents awards in 13 categories and is separated into two circulation divisions of less than and more than 40,000.

U.S. Postal Service situation gets more ‘rocky’

The U.S. Post Office in Rocky Ford now joins the Oliver post office as two of the national sites of possible closure.
The U.S. Postal Service has plans to close approximately 3,700 post offices across the country. Some of them are in major cities while others are in rural areas like Rocky Ford and Oliver. U.S. Postal Service officials say that the closure of the sites could save the service more than $1 billion.
Oliver already has had a community feedback meeting, but Rocky Ford has not scheduled such a meeting.

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