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'Great Chamber' at Great Venue Jan. 18

Most of us do not have a first-hand recollection of the 1920s unless you are 90-plus years young.

Well tonight – no matter your age – Screven County Chamber of Commerce members will have the opportunity become one with the “Roaring 20s” as the chamber celebrates its 44th Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony tonight, Jan. 18, as a new venue is unveiled to the community.

Grand jury indicts 20

The grand jury for the Screven County Superior Court indicted defendants in 20 criminal cases on Jan. 8.

Tony Darnell Mock was indicted in two separate cases by the grand jury.

In the first case, Mock was indicted for unlawful for any person to purchase, possess, or have under his control any controlled substance; possession of drug-related object; driving under the influence of drugs; failure to stop after yielding; and failure to maintain lane.

In celebration of Dr. King

After a parade on a chilly Saturday afternoon with spiritual singing and an emphasis on keeping the dream alive, a gathering inside the county courthouse was greeted with warmth and a message of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed lives – including the life of the first black female Screven County commissioner.

Qualifying dates set for commission, BOE seats

Qualifying for three district seats on the Screven County Commission and on the Screven County Board of Education will be in March.

Potential candidates from districts 1, 4 and 7 may qualify for the seats with Ella Rhodes, the county election superintendent, in the probate office inside the Screven County Courthouse on Mims Road and Community Drive in Sylvania.

The qualifying period is no earlier than 9 a.m. on Monday, March 5, and no later than noon on Friday, March 9 for the General Primary Election, General Nonpartisan Election and Special Election.

Sylvania council to make utilities budget billing available

Some payments in life have set amounts.

Monthly rent or a mortgage both fall into that category. So do car payments. When a person signs on the dotted line, that same amount listed is the amount paid.

The City of Sylvania too will have that option beginning as early as the February bills for utility usage – if the customer is in good standing on paying prior bills; if the customer has resided in the same place for 12 consecutive months; and if the customer desires to opt for a change in billing.

BOE to add day to calendar to make up students’ missed day of classes

The local school system’s Christmas break was extended a day last week because of covering snowfall that created dangerous driving conditions, especially in the southern portion of the county.
That cancellation of classes for Screven County students and staff on Thursday, Jan. 4, in combination with the already canceled two school days due to the effects of Hurricane Irma in September 2017 means the school system will switch a scheduled off day on the calendar to school day.

Railroad crossings to be repaired

Multiple grade crossings are scheduled for repair in the upcoming weeks.
Ogeechee Railroad Co., the local operator of the railroad, will make the repairs of the  crossings, said Thomas L. Clark, president of the Ogeechee Railroad Co.
Clark said the crossing repairs will begin with Halcyondale Road.
Following completion of Halcyondale Road, repair work will move at random to the following locations: Greenhill Road, Farmdale Road, Poor Robin Road, Hunter Road, Cypress Pond Road, Shepards Switch Road, and Fish Road.

County voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales

The Screven County commissioners Tuesday approved putting a referendum on the upcoming election ballot to let voters decide whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales after 1 p.m.

The referendum possibly was introduced by Commissioner Roland Stubbs as an option for voters to tap into a chance at more money for the county.

“We need to explore every source of revenue we can to hold down ad valorem taxes as much as possible,” Stubbs said.

Authorities remove dogs, cats from residence

Dispatched on a call to a residence in southeast Screven County on Dec. 27 led authorities to remove 22 dogs and a dozen cats that were living inside a structure with floors and walls covered with feces and urine.
Screven County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported that three adults with two of them over the age of 60 were living inside the residence with the animals. After being checked by emergency medical services, two of the three individuals were transported for additional medical treatment because of the higher ammonia levels from the feces inside the residence.

‘Great Chamber’ banquet roars in two more weeks

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce will go back in time with its theme for the 44th Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 18, but the venue will be new chamber members and the community.
Themed a 1920s-esque “Great Chamber,” the big event will be held at the Black Creek Scout Reservation at 850 Poor Robin Road in the newly constructed $3 million dining lodge. The banquet will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

City approves $39 million budget; swears in new members, judge

With a called meeting in 2017 followed by a regularly scheduled one five days later in 2018, the Sylvania city council has approved its $39 million budget for fiscal year 2018; swore in two new council members and a new municipal court judge; plus served as the site for a lifetime achievement award.
The council approved the $39,959,703 FY 2018 budget at a Dec. 28 called meeting. A public hearing was held earlier in the day at city hall, but no one from the public attended to ask for more information about the budget.

Assault charges for shooting suspect

A 20-year-old Sylvania man faces three counts of aggravated assault after law enforcement says he fired a handgun in the direction of two children and an adult.
Screven County Sheriff’s Office investigator Dwight Singleton said none of the victims were injured when the firearm was discharged “several” times by Stanley Rendell Grant of 329 Southside Drive on Christmas Day.
Singleton said Grant, who was arrested for the crime, shot the handgun during a fight in Hiltonia.

Dr. King events scheduled

On Saturday, Jan. 13, the annual downtown Sylvania Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be held starting at 1 p.m. The parade will be followed by an observance inside the Screven County Courthouse in the courtroom.
On Monday, Jan. 15, the national day of observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Syl-View Rehabilitation and Memory Center will hold its 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance at 10 a.m. as refreshments will be served.

Toys for our Tots

Phillip Ayers and the employees of Sylvania Ford would like to thank the citizens of Screven County for making the 2017 Toys for Tots campaign another tremendous success. In addition to the toys purchased, more than $2,500 in cash donations was received. Ayers would like to acknowledge the hard work and efforts of the Sylvania State Patrol Post, the Milliken plant, Thompson Strickland Waters Funeral Home, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7116 and the Screven County schools. Various other business and churches also were extremely supportive.

Bank announces retirements of Adams, Heape and Chance

Farmers and Merchants Bank recently held a Retirement/Christmas Party to honor three long-time officers of the bank who are retiring at year end Dec. 31 -- President Jim Adams, Vice President Gale Heape, and Vice President Marsha Chance.   
Adams has served as president since December 1988 and has spent a total of 54 years in banking including previous years with The Savannah Bank.  
Chance joined the bank shortly thereafter in January 1989 after working many years with Adams at another financial institution.  

Reeves named local bank president, CEO

The Board of Directors of Farmers and Merchants Bank is pleased to announce that Hoke S. Reeves has been named president and chief executive officer of the bank effective Jan. 1, 2018, to follow James W. Adams in retirement.  
Reeves succeeds Adams, who has served as president and CEO for years of Farmers and Merchants Bank for 29 years.
Reeves, a native of Jenkins County, has served as executive vice president and a director of Farmers and Merchants Bank since May 2007.  

Nominations sought for chamber awards

As the final few hours tick away from 2017, local thoughts turn to getting the new year off to a good start.
The Screven County Chamber of Commerce concludes what has been an eventful year under the leadership of executive director Grace Waits and a hard-working board. On Jan. 18, 2018, the chamber will host its annual banquet.
Chamber members should be seeing their invitations in the mail soon for the 44th Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony.
On the evening, Dorothy Glisson will succeed Bob Sellers as the new chamber president.

SCHS senior chosen in Christmas car giveaway

A Screven County High School  senior now has a dependable vehicle to drive to school and work then off to college after he was selected as this year’s recipient of the “Wheels for Christmas Car Giveaway” that was sponsored by Auto Aid for a third year.
On Dec. 22, Jaiden Malphurs picked up the 2004 Ford Escape that had been tuned up and improved by the Auto Aid staff. The vehicle had been previously owned by one of the Auto Aid employees.
The vehicle awarded to Malphurs will receive two free oil change services at Auto Aid, which is co-owned by Chuck and Julie Cannon.

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