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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Morris conservationist of the year

Success in farming is very important. Taking care of the environment during that success prompts future riches that include the protection of nature.
The award of “Conservationist of the Year in Soil and Water” honors a cooperator from each county of the district who has attained high standards of excellence in soil and water conservation.
Receiving the 2013 conservationist honor for Screven County, William S. Morris III was among the honorees at the 63rd annual banquet for the six-county Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District.

Two perish in car crash

Two Rocky Ford residents were killed in a traffic accident Jan. 31 in the county’s first multi-fatality crash since Dec. 31, 2008.
Jimmy E. Dailey Sr., 62, was driving a Chevrolet Lumina at speeds “too fast for conditions,” according to the Georgia State Patrol incident report.
Dailey’s vehicle left the southbound lane of Rocky Ford Road near the bridge before the Ogeechee River and overturned at least one full rotation coming to a stop upside down in a slough of the Ogeechee River, almost entirely submerged.

Drawing to select SCES PreK spots

Registration for Screven County Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten program will be different for the upcoming school year.
Administrators for the school system have long been concerned about the procedures used in order to secure a spot in Screven County Elementary School’s PreK program. Therefore, changes have been made in order to register residents’ children for the 2014-2015 school year, said SCES principal Becky Martin.

Tractor-trailer strikes calves on Hwy. 301

Four unexpected “Moo-torists” caused two accidents on Highway 301 late Monday night.
A tractor-trailer hit all four of the calves in the north-bound lane. One of the corpses ended up in the south-bound lane and an SUV struck it, causing disabling damage.
While the roadway was largely cleared Tuesday morning by the Screven County Sheriff’s Office using inmate labor, there was still evidence of the gruesome scene.

Community Christian to offer high school courses

Community Christian School officials are proud to announce that the school plans to add high school grades to its school beginning next year.  
“We are planning on beginning with ninth and 10th grade for the 2014-15 school year,” said Wendy Boyd, Community Christian School director. “However, if there is enough interest for 11th and 12th, we will consider adding those also.”

Analysis helps educators find even more success

There is always room for improvement.
Two Screven County schools saw an opportunity to receive some additional guidance in areas school officials have noted need help and also for some outside thoughts on aspects the schools had not considered areas of concern.
Screven County Middle School and Screven County Elementary School voluntarily participated in the Georgia Assessment of Performance on School Standards, or GAPSS analysis as it is commonly referred, is an on-site assessment of a school’s progress toward meeting the “School Keys.”

Emeritus virtues of teachers

The local chapter of retired teachers have honored two of their own for reaching and passing 90 years of age with a prestigious award.
Chapter president Jewel Davis pined members Virginia Slaughter Miller and Elise Strickland at a recent meeting with the Georgia Retired Educators Association Emeritus Membership.
Miller, who is 102, was born in Waverly Hall, Ga., and graduated from Waverly Hall High School. Miller received an AB degree from Bessie Tift College in 1931 with majors in English and Latin and a diploma in Expression.

Storm interrupts Super Bowl prep, among other things

While Screven County was preparing for Super Bowl XLVIII, news of a storm brewing changed those preparations into locked-into-a-house-for-days mode for county residents. School was preemptively cancelled; gravel for bridges and roads was at the ready; the city hall and county facilities were put on hold.
Harvey’s Store Manager Patrick Irvan said the normal storm shut-in supplies, like water, bread, charcoal, propane, were being sold at high rates but in an interesting twist the store was also selling potato chips, burgers, and other football-related items.

Not a Snow-topia, but a nice dusting

To say this week’s weather in Screven County has been weird may be the biggest understatement for the entire year of 2014. And it is just January.
The week of Jan. 26 began near 70 degrees and is to conclude with near 70 weekend degrees, but Tuesday and into Wednesday provided residents with a glimpse of winter when some areas did not receive the initial reports of a possible 6 inches, but still got 3 inches during the morning hours Wednesday.

Our most dangerous intersections

The Georgia Department of Transportation is evaluating the Highway 301 Bypass (State Route 73) because of a high number of crashes and traffic at certain intersections.
Specifically, the intersection of Buttermilk and Singleton is being looked at by a district engineer for a possible solution to reduce the number of crashes. There have been 11 reported crashes at that intersection on the Highway 301 Bypass in the last two years (2012-2013).

Chamber banquet 2014: Community urged to be committed

Humorist Jackie Trim brought his brand of Southern humor to the Screven County Chamber of Commerce’s 40th Annual Banquet Jan. 23 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Trim’s message was one the chamber board embraced in 2013 as its members found bigger success in its traditional events and newfound success in revamped ones too.
Trim of Tattnall County told the crowd that no matter what you do, always be committed to it.

BOE hopes legislators listen and take action

Recently, school officials have been able to talk with lawmakers to voice their concerns about education.
The local school board and superintendent have decided to put their thoughts into writing.
In a letter that was approved by the school board, Superintendent William Bland has mailed out copies of a letter that details their personal thoughts on the current education situation.

Man threatens to ‘blow up’ law office

Gerald Johnson, 69, of 1064 Blue Springs Road in Newington, was arrested for terroristic threats and acts Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly threatened to “blow up” Tony Bazemore’s law office.
Last week Johnson was in state court over an alleged dog shooting that occurred near his Blue Springs Road property. Bazemore was representing Johnson but withdrew from the case before it was held Jan. 14 and Johnson now has a public defender.
The case is rescheduled for Jan. 29 for a bench trial.

King’s dream still rings true today

The day was for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but it also was for Roosevelt Culver.
In a surprise presentation at the conclusion of the King observance Jan. 18 inside the county courthouse, Culver’s children presented him with a trophy and plaque in honor of his 25 years of being the county’s NAACP president.
The children also pined large silver stars with the No. 25 on Culver’s jacket.
The Saturday began with the traditional parade on Main Street that then went down West Ogeechee to Mims Road and then to the courthouse.

Parade, observance Saturday, Jan. 18, for Dr. King

On April 4, 1968, a bullet ended the life of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but it did not end the peaceful push of the pastor, humanitarian, and leader in the civil rights movement.
Sylvania will be the site of a parade in honor of King Saturday as the day also will be highlighted with the annual observance after the downtown event.
The parade Jan. 18 will start at 1 p.m. with the gathering inside the county courthouse will be after the parade at approximately 2 p.m.

Live auction among Jan. 23 chamber banquet’s highlights

This year’s Screven County Chamber of Commerce banquet is certain to be full of fun and entertainment from the live auction highlighting great local finds to a keynote speaker who has given of himself to his country and public service.
The chamber of commerce will hold its’ 40th annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 23, in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center at 214 South Main Street in Sylvania.

Fire trucks, SPLOST on minds of county

The county commission agreed to the spending of SPLOST funds on trucks to upgrade the fire department, but chose to table the notion of a pursuit of state legislator backing on a penny sales tax to help improve Screven County roadways.  
The county’s fire department will have two used fire trucks with equipment already loaded for a total of $35,000. The funding for the vehicles will come out of money allotted to the fire department through SPLOST.
The fire trucks and equipment are from Coweta County.

Lining up your dates: School calendar approved

The 2014-2015 will be a little longer for students as the school board approved its new calendar with two more days than 170 that has been the norm recently.
To save on energy costs, the Screven County Board of Education for the past four years had dropped down to 170 from 180 for days students are in the classroom. Next year it will be 172 student days.
The first day of school for students will be on Monday, Aug. 4, and the last day will be May 22. The system-wide open house will be Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.


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