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City in ‘wait-and-see’ mode with county

The Sylvania City Council made a decision Tuesday night and that decision is to wait.
The council members chose not to vote after their Feb. 6 executive session for “potential litigation” on whether to sign a legal petition against the county over a perceived discrepancy with the current Special Delivery Strategy.
The council’s regularly scheduled came six days after the city’s announced Jan. 31 “deadline,” which was initiated by the city but was not agreed upon by county officials.

Suspect dies in Hiltonia police chase

An investigation continues into the fatal crash of a suspect involved in a Feb. 5 pursuit with a Hiltonia Police Department officer.
Just before 9 p.m. on Monday, a vehicle pursuit was reported to the Georgia State Patrol by the Hiltonia police. The pursuit reportedly headed south on State Route 73 toward Sylvania.
At approximately 9:09 p.m. that evening, Trooper Russell Waters reportedly was made aware that the fleeing vehicle had crashed on State Route 73 near North Main Street.

Eggs ‘N Issues Saturday

Screven County Farm Bureau will sponsor an Eggs ‘N Issues breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Screven County Extension Office.
The breakfast will be served by the Screven County 4-H Project S.A.F.E. team.
State Sen. Jesse Stone and State Rep. Jon Burns will be present to discuss issues. Also, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Congressman Rick Allen will have a field representative in attendance.

Alcohol decisions on tap for Sylvania city council

The Sylvania City Council took action on two alcohol-related items Tuesday evening during its regularly scheduled meeting.
The council approved the alcohol license for Rite Aid under its new company of Walgreen Co. Rite Aid already had a license to sell alcohol, but with new ownership the business had to reapply.
No one commented on the proposed alcohol license during the public hearing.
The council vote was 4-1 with Ben Mercer voting against the measure. Council member Joe Cleland was not in attendance.

More leads sought in hit-and-run fatality

The Georgia State Patrol has investigated the few tips the local Post has received for a case of a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old female pedestrian, but as of Tuesday none of those potential leads have gotten authorities any closer to identifying a suspect.
Carli Drew Ridings, of 152 Dry Branch Road, was pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 301/State Route 73 after Ridings reportedly was struck by an unknown vehicle at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27.

County misses city’s deadline

Wednesday’s Jan. 31 City of Sylvania deadline for Screven County has come and gone.
Now city officials must decide whether to pursue a legal petition against the county.
For months, the two governing bodies have been at odds over the Special Delivery Strategy.
The “deadline” was initiated by the city and was not agreed upon by county officials.

United Way's 'Paint the Town Blue' raising funds

On Friday, Feb. 2, General Beauregard Lee the South’s weather-forecasting groundhog who resides in Jackson, Ga., will predict if there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. However, in Screven County Friday citizens will know the forecast is “blue” -- United Way blue to be exact. Nearly 650 “Paint the Town Blue” T-shirts have been sold as a fundraiser for the local United Way. In the above photo, the Screven County Gamecock is flanked by the United Way “Blue Man” and United Way executive director Lorie Autry as each models this year’s shirt.

Suspect still sought in deadly hit-and-run

The search continues for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 23-year-old woman that her family says enjoyed dancing, days on the water, and time spent with her daughter and siblings.
Carli Drew Ridings, of 152 Dry Branch Road, was pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 301/State Route 73 by Screven County Coroner James Strickland after Ridings, a pedestrian, reportedly was struck by an unknown vehicle at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Livestock Festival schedule quite different this year

The event schedule for the 67th annual Screven County Livestock Festival will get an early start this year, but still finish during its traditional first week of April for the schools’ Spring Break.
Traditionally, the pageant is held in the latter part of March and followed a week later by the parade. Then three days later the trio of nights for youth exhibiting livestock will be held at the agricultural center.
While the parade and shows will remain true to form, the pageant date does not.

‘1920s’ Chamber banquet comes into 2018 with a ‘roar’

The community really got into the flair of the “Roaring ‘20s” as they helped make the 44th Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony Jan. 18 a “Great Chamber” event at the newly opened $3.2 million Black Creek Scout Reservation dining lodge.
The Screven County Chamber of Commerce gathering of 200 with a “Great Chamber” theme filled the spacious dining hall at the Boy Scouts of America camp with ladies dressed in flapper dresses accented with strands of pearls, while the gentlemen arrived in Gatsby-era suits with stylish hats. There was even a gangster or two sporting a Tommy Gun.

Oak Grove UMC annual fish fry Feb. 2

The Oak Grove United Methodist Church annual Fish Fry is Friday, Feb. 2, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the church on Highway 17, Scarboro Highway, near Cooperville.
The plates are $8 each and church members have tickets.
The plates include fish, grits, cole slaw and homemade slices of cake. Patrons can sit down and eat inside the church or use the drive through for pickup.
Each year the church serves approximately 1,200 plates as the money raised goes toward church programs.

Sylvania native plans run for U.S. Congress

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, was the first anniversary of the Trump Administration and the day the United States Government Shutdown. It was also the day Francys Johnson, a 38-year-old attorney and pastor from Statesboro, announced his intention to reclaim Georgia’s 12th Congressional District from the Incumbent, Augusta’s Rick W. Allen (R- Augusta).

AMERICAN PICKERS may film soon locally

In July, a movie crew came to Sylvania to shoot scenes for a movie called “Peanut Butter Falcon.”
Now Screven County may be aired on small screen too.
AMERICAN PICKERS plans to film in Georgia, including this part of the state.
According to a release, Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Georgia. They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region this winter.
Their stop in the region tenatively is scheduled for February.

Syl-View celebrates legacy of Dr. King

For the last dozen years, the Syl-View Rehabilitation & Memory Care Center’s residents have been have been able to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an observance on the day set aside nationally for King’s birthday, the third Monday in January.

Syl-View was filled for the 12th annual event in the activity room at 411 Pine Street Sylvania with Syl-View residents in addition to members of the community who were part of the agenda and others who came to pay tribute to King and his mission.

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