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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Other election qualifiers

Locally, none of the qualifiers face opposition, but legislative incumbents for state senator and U.S. representative face challengers. Screven County commissioner incumbents Gregg Ellison, Will Boyd and Roland Stubbs have qualified. Democrat Ellison represents District 1, Democrat Boyd represents District 4, and Republican Stubbs represents District 7. Boyd is the commission chairman, while Ellison is the vice chairman.
Incumbent Republican State Rep. Jon Burns for District 159 qualified with no opposition.

OTC Sylvania campus may offer core classes

Barring any unforeseen delays, Ogeechee Technical College will receive its regional accreditation in three months. With that official distinction by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, the core classes offered at OTC will be transferrable to a majority of other technical colleges and two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Pack of dogs maul animals in SCMS barn

In a matter of mere days, what had become a safe haven for animals and on-campus learning center for students turned into a barn of death.
A trio of dogs running loose onto the Screven County Middle School grounds invaded the red structure that housed varieties of animals that were raised by the students. The canines attacked and killed animals, some destined to be exhibited in the annual Livestock Festival next month.

Alleged meth cook gets booked by law

An alleged methamphetamine cook with a history of drug-related charges was arrested March 6 as part of a joint operation by sheriff’s deputies from Screven and Effingham counties.
Screven County resident James Joyner, 37, was charged after investigators with the law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at Joyner’s Old Poor Robin Road residence after a three-month investigation.
Remaining in the Screven County jail as of Wednesday, Joyner is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine.

Local funeral home serves families with top-ranked dignity

The staff of the Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home really cares for the families who use their services.
While the funeral home has held a strong presence in the community, it now is documented that the Sylvania Singleton Avenue business ranks on top of the 746 rural and suburban funeral homes in its Main Street Division that stretches from Maine to Florida.

High power bills have customers feeling low

Residents inside the City of Sylvania should prepare themselves for a bit of shock when paying their electric bills this month. Winter Storm Pax may have knocked out power for a couple of days, but reading meters came second to fixing the city’s power grid which means customers may see two to eleven extra days on their bill.
Normally meter reading is done around the 15th of each month, and the bill period should have been from around Jan. 15 to Feb. 13. Bills could increase by more than 25 percent due to an extra week on this month’s cycle.

Law enforcement pounding away on weed with busts

For the second time in two weeks, a traffic stop took an alleged drug dealer off the streets in Screven County.
Georgia State Patrol Officer Jon Priest pulled over a 2000 Cadillac Deville after he clocked it going 68 miles per hour, or 13 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, on Highway 301 near the Double Heads area. Priest said the traffic stop was routine except the smell of what he thought was marijuana emanating from the stopped vehicle.

Weaver selects Sell as his STAR

Zachary Weaver is well acquainted with roles of leadership – be that learning in the classroom, exhibiting livestock in the arena, or holding court on the high school tennis team.
This year’s recently announced Screven County High School valedictorian, Weaver also holds the distinction as the 2014 STAR Student for having the highest SAT score amongst his senior peers. Weaver selected Nancy Sell, who has helped guide him through 13 years of showing livestock and taught him as his high school agriculture educator, as his STAR Teacher.

5K raises $14,000 for cancer victim

The community showed their support for Wray Owens, a local 3-year-old girl, who had to have part of her leg amputated due to what doctors believe is Spindle Cell Sarcoma by raising more than $14,000 for her and her family’s medical bills.
“We’re just, honestly, just humbled,” Andy Owens, Wray’s father, said. “It’s one of the most gratifying things that we could ever experience. We’re truly blessed and fortunate to live in the community we live in.”

Ensuring you know the facts about Pax

Adding up the total damages from Winter Storm Pax is ongoing, but Screven County does have some figures regarding the devastation.
According to Screven County Fire Department Chief and EMA Coordinator Harvey Cryder, there is at least 13,000 linear yards of debris from the storm. Arranging anything in a linear fashion lays it out end to end. The county’s storm debris would be a little more than seven miles laid out.
Cryder said of the 10 counties impacted by the storm, Screven was likely fourth in damage estimates behind Columbia, Richmond and Burke.

Harveys to become IGA

Within three months, Sylvania will have an IGA grocery store where the current Harveys exists as the West Ogeechee store becomes KJ’s Market IGA.
Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC and Delhaize Group has announced they have received approval from the Federal Trade Commission to proceed with the transaction in which Bi-Lo Holdings will acquire substantially all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize.
The Sylvania Bi-Lo store down the road on West Ogeechee Street will remain a Bi-Lo.

Powerless against Pax’s wrath

The scale of last week’s Winter Storm Pax cost damage to Screven County is still unknown, but Screven County Fire Department Chief Harvey Cryder said the amount of destruction ranks the storm above the 2008 ice storm.
“I think we’ve handled everything with the best ability we can try to get everything good to go,” said Cryder, the county’s EMA coordinator for times of emergency. “We’ve been receiving help from other counties, chainsaw crews.”

Divine plan for range of ages

Screven Countians will have an extra bit of help now that Divine Consulting, a non-profit organization, has begun the process of moving into their 114 Maple Street office.
Dana Mosley, coordinator, sets up the small therapy center with big plans to help children, teens and adults with whatever problems they may be facing. Divine will employ two therapists and three group facilitators to start, but if referrals are steady the consulting service may grow exponentially, Mosley said.

Former SYS owner passes

A community business leader and supporter of Screven County and Georgia Southern academics and athletics died Feb. 15.
Don G. Aaron Sr., 65, of Sylvania, Georgia passed away at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
Aaron was the owner/president and CEO of Sylvania Yarn Systems, Inc., in Sylvania.
Visitation and funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Sylvania First United Methodist Church with Rev. C. Mike Benson officiating.
Burial was at Screven County Memorial Cemetery.

Storm ‘Pax’ a wallop on Screven

Screven Countians felt the brunt of Winter Storm Pax Tuesday, Wednesday and into this morning as icing forced many residents to opt for extra blankets or to visit with friends as their power was knocked off.
Along the roadways, the weight of the ice caused many trees to topple, sometimes onto the streets and other times onto power lines.
Many businesses either chose to close their businesses early or store managers had to lock up because of unavailable power.

Eggs ‘N Issues not over easy questions

Being a legislator sometimes means you have to answer difficult questions and the ones poised to lawmakers at Eggs ‘N Issues Saturday were not of the easy variety.
Some of the questions involved how can the federal government deficit be reduced; and what will be the impact of the Affordable Health Care Plan on people.
And then there were issues that were brought up for discussion by the lawmakers themselves.

Leads on empty as clues sought in 6,000-gallon aviation fuel theft

The Screven County Airport Authority and the Screven County Sheriff’s Office are stumped in a case involving more than 6,000 gallons of aviation fuel pumped out of a fuel tank at Plantation Airpark.
“Naturally I don’t like it,” Chairman of the Airport Authority Dewey Morgan Jr. said. “It’s the first time we’ve had anything like this happen in more than 30 years to anyone’s recollection.”

Man dies from motorcycle crash

Last Thursday night or early Friday morning Randy Overstreet, 47, crashed his recently purchased red 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle on Farmdale Road and died from injuries sustained in the accident.
Overstreet lost control of his motorcycle when he went around a bend on Farmdale Road. The road was wet from the storm that passed through the area last week. Overstreet was ejected when he hit a tree, and he sustained head and chest injuries.
Screven County Coroner James Strickland pronounced Overstreet dead at 8:17 a.m. Friday morning after a passerby discovered the wreck.


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