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Sylvania man gunned down by brother while going to church

A Sylvania man, attending a local church Thursday evening, was fatally shot by his brother after the siblings were involved in a long-standing dispute, according to Screven County Sheriff Office officials.

Horace Kittles, 63, was charged with murder in the death of 61-year-old Charles Kittles of Sylvania following an investigation that included interviews with witnesses at Greenwood Baptist Church on Old River Road after the 7:30 p.m. shooting.. 

Sylvania resident has not been seen or heard from in 25 years

Catrina Renee Jackson left her sister’s Hiltonia residence May 29, 1986, at approximately 6:30 a.m. en route to school.
The then 13-year-old Sylvania girl has never been seen or heard from again. Jackson now has been missing for 25 years.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children said its search remains ongoing as it continues to ask the public for help in locating Jackson, who would be 38 years old.
Jackson is a white female with curly brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she was 5-foot-3 and weighed 130 pounds.

No tax hike proposed as BOE books millage rate

The Screven County Board of Education will not raise taxes with its new millage rate of 13.146 that was approved Wednesday morning in a called meeting. 
The millage rate was 13.000 in 2009 and 13.002 in 2010.  The slight increase in millage this year is because to the inflationary growth at 40 percent of -$4,545,165 based on the reassessment of existing real property. 

Longtime rec director, beloved community leader passes

A citizen who helped start the county recreation department Screven Countians know today died Tuesday morning at his residence.
Bud Stone, 84, committed suicide with a pistol shot at his residence, said county coroner James Strickland.
“He did a lot of good for a lot of young people in this county,” Strickland said.
Visitation for Stone’s funeral will be Friday, July 1, from 10 until 11 a.m. at Liberty Presbyterian Church, before the service. Private burial will be at a later date.

Rep. Barrow diagnosed with cancer

U.S. Congressman John Barrow announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer, a condition that will affect one in six men during the course of their lifetime. 
Barrow, who represents Screven County in the 12th District, will undergo radiation therapy to treat the condition, and his doctors expect a full recovery. 
The disease was discovered during a routine screening as part of Barrow’s annual physical exam. 

Tournaments heat up during summer

The Screven County Recreation Department hosted the Midget Boys (12 & under) Sub-District June 16-20, the Midget Boys District Finals June 22-24, and the Midget Girls (12 & under) District Tournament June 18-22.
In the Midget Boys Sub-District, Screven County defeated Jefferson County 15-0 and then defeated Evans County 6-5. Screven then lost to Metter 8-7 and lost to Evans County 7-6.

County-wide Between Two Rivers bike ride Oct. 1

A bicycle ride throughout the county will be held Oct. 1 to benefit the United Way of Screven County. The rides will be 12, 30, 50 and 100 miles. Early registration is $30 until Sept. 16. Registration after the early deadline is $35 per person. Also, it is $45 per couple and $50 per family of three or more from a single household. All four of the routes will begin at the First Baptist Church in Sylvania. For more information, contact your local United Way, call 564-5770.

Pray for rain June 16

The community is urged to attend a pray for rain gathering June 16 at 7 p.m. at the county extension office on Rocky Ford Road. During the month of May, the parts of the county had less than an inch of rain. The county also is approaching 40 consecutive days of 90-plus degree temperatures.

Thank you red, white & blue

The Ritual for Flags retirement ceremony was held Tuesday with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Daughters of the American Revolution and the assistance of the Sylvania Fire Department firefighters and local Cub Scout Pack 391 and Boy Scout Troop 103. American flags that were worn and tattered were delivered to the Sylvania Fire House for the retirement ceremony. “The flag of the United States of America is our nation’s symbol of liberty,” said Dahlia Bearden of DAR. “This flag speaks for justice, honor and integrity. It speaks our sense fo pride as proud Americans.”

Telephone receiver of five press awards

The Sylvania Telephone earned five Georgia Press Association awards in the state’s largest division at the annual “Better Newspaper Contest” June 10 at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
Against 40-plus weekly newspapers of similar circulation, the Telephone received third place in community service for its coverage of the county’s animal shelter, the efforts of Friends of Screven County Animals, and the four-legged personalities who became well-known local celebrities.

Ritual for Flags ceremony June 14

The Ritual for Flags retirement ceremony behind the Sylvania firehouse at 10 a.m. June 14, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Daughters of the American Revolution and the assistance of the Sylvania Fire Department firefighters and local Cub Scout Pack 391.
All citizens are invited.
Those who have flags that are worn and tattered may deliver them to the Sylvania Fire House before the retirement ceremony.
For the Ritual to be meaningful, and in honor of Flag Day, the public should review some facts about our flag, said Bill Revesz, commander VFW Post 7116 in Sylvania.

Final Relay For Life fundraiser June 4

“Clarke’s Fun Day” to benefit Screven County Relay For Life will be Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the store just off Highway 21 in Newington. The events planned for the day are a bake sale, face painting, bounce house, dunking booth, food, drinks, car wash and also a yard sale space. The yard sale space is $15 and those interested should see Bradley or Jennifer at Clarke’s for more information. This is the final Relay event in an effort to meet local goal.

Saturdays now part of animal shelter's adoption days

Screven County Animal Shelter has new adoption hours. The shelter now will have hours of Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 4 p.m.; and Friday 2 to 4 p.m. Temporarily, adoptions also will be done every second Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon. The shelter is located at 905 Rocky Ford Road. The telephone number for the shelter is 863-8947.

Screven's FCCLA claims 'winning clue' at state

Screven County High School FCCLA members -- along with 1,650 students and advisers from more than 195 schools across the state -- attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Meeting April 14-16 at the Classic Center in Athens.
And the local FCCLA chapter again represented the community well.
Attendees participated in a weekend of competitions, a Career & Trade Expo, UGA Tours, STAR Event and State Event competitions and sessions that challenged, informed and motivated members and their advisers with the theme “Clue into FCCLA.”

Highway 17 the scene of fatal car crash

A Screven County motorist died Saturday night when the driver was unable to negiotiate a curve at a high rate of speed.
Terry Michael Mock, 53, of 114 Quail Ridge Road, was pronounced dead at the scene on Georgia Highway 17, less than mile south of Cameron Road.
Driving a 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Mock was traveling south on Georgia Highway 17 at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, according to a report made by the Georgia State Patrol, who handled to crash.

Relay yard sale May 14

Relay For Life may be two weeks removed, but the local fundraising continues as Screven County edges closer to making its goal.
Last weekend, a poker run rolled through the county and Saturday, May 14, will be the date of the yard sale.
Thus far $50,000 has been raised locally for cancer education and research, but four more community events are planned over the next month to boost that total.
On May 14, a yard sale is scheduled for the grassy area near the city’s outdoor theater. The event will begin at 8 a.m. as many of the Relay teams have items to sell.

Boykin tough as ‘Nails’ at GSU

John Boykin, a former Screven County High School wrestler and now a Georgia Southern University freshman wrestler received the “Nails” Award from GSU Coach William Hurst on April 2 at this year’s wrestling banquet.
Boykin wrestles in the 157-pound weight class.
The “Nails” award is given to recipients for the greatest number of comeback victories in a season.

City of Sylvania to observe National Day of Prayer May 5

Thursday, May 5, will make the 19th consecutive observance of the National Day of Prayer in the City of Sylvania.
On this day all across the nation, Americans will join together to pray for the Nation and its leaders, local and state officials, school officials, military, law enforcement and other public safety personnel and the family.

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