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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

State server does a disservice to local elections office on night of primary

Screven County’s Primary Election May 20 was off to a rocky start after the state server in the Probate Court’s newly established elections office crashed shortly after polls closed. The staff was forced to go to Jenkins County to tabulate and upload the votes from there.
The county overwhelmingly favored J.H. Kingston for the Republican nominee U.S. Senate spot with 519 votes. David A. Perdue in the same race received only 66 total votes from Screven Countians. The state, however, voted the majority in favor of Perdue 181,427 (30.56 percent) to Kingston’s 154,104 (25.96 percent).

City signs resolution to seek out energy-financed loan

The Sylvania City Council approved a resolution authorizing the execution and delivery of certain amended and restated power sales contracts relating to Plant Vogtle’s additional units.
The resolution will seek out a Department of Energy financed loan, that offers much lower interest rate saving the MEAG cities involved with the two additional power units at the nuclear plant “possibly hundreds of millions of dollars,” City Attorney Hugh Hunter said.

Sylvania Ford, Inc. earns national award by Ford Motor Company

Sylvania Ford, Inc. is among an elite group of Ford and Lincoln dealerships to be recognized with the 2013 President’s Award by Ford Motor Company.
The prestigious award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2013, by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.
Only 177 out of more than 3,600 Ford dealers nationwide earned this award for 2013.

SCHS’s Warren to succeed Martin

The Screven County School System has found its successor to Becky Martin as principal at the elementary school.
The district will stay within its system as Brett Warren will move in 2014-2015 to head SCES. Warren has served as assistant at the high school for five years and as its principal for the last 10.
The BOE administration recommended Warren for the position Monday evening at the monthly school board meeting. The board approved Warren’s move along with other personnel actions.

From missing wallet to police chase

On May 12 Officer Matthew Petrea was at Bi Lo collecting evidence from a counterfeit $20 bill used by a customer. The bill was taken into evidence and Petrea went back to the Sylvania Police Department.
After purchasing several items at Bi Lo, Shaporscheah Howard, 23, of 82 Woody Yard Lane, Brooklet, accidentally left her wallet on her car’s exterior and drove away. A man in the parking lot tried to wave down Howard but had no luck so he scooped up the wallet and took it to the Sylvania Police Department for them to return it to the rightful owner.

Milliken acquires King America Finishing plant

The Screven County King America Finishing plant has been sold to Spartanburg, S.C.-based Milliken & Co.
Milliken announced May 9 it had acquired King America’s parent company, Westex Inc. The news was made public after meetings Friday with the Screven County facility’s 500 employees.
The textile processing facility will continue to be subject to the permits and consent agreement already in place with King America Finishing stemming from the 38,000 fish kill.

Juniors shoot to state’s top prize at Rock Eagle

Screven County’s Junior green team shot the lights out at the 2014Project S.A.F.E. Modified Trap competition in Rock Eagle this past Saturday, taking first place in the junior team category.
Screven sent 10 seniors and 12 juniors to the state competition, with each group having two teams (two teams of five for seniors and two teams of six for juniors). They were joined by more than 1,100 other shooters representing 65 counties across Georgia.

Woods wins state, FFA chapter on to nationals

Members of the high school’s FFA chapter continued their winning ways May 1-3 in Macon at state.
James Woods was the state winner in the Beef Production proficiency award while Zachary Weaver, Andrea Simmons and Stuart Defhoff each placed second in the state in their respective areas.  
Stephen Thompson advanced to the final round of Creed Speaking and ranked fourth in the contest.

SPECIAL DAY: One fine equine event

Saturday truly was a special day in our county and Friday will just add to the happiness..
The Lost Creek Equine Center LLC host a first-ever state-sanctioned horse event for special needs youth from around Georgia.
The event drew 30 participants who are in preparation for the Special Olympics with horses in October.
Organizers hope this is the first year of more to come at the Screven County site at 1251 Airport Road.

Relay surpasses its $32,000 goal

The Screven County Relay For Life “Sports for a CURE …” event was successful last week.
The Relay event has raised $39,193.30 and a Grand Ole Opry remains on the schedule May 17 at 7 p.m. at Thompson Strickland Waters Funeral Home.
Cancer survivors were the big winners Friday and Saturday as McBride Methodist Church claimed a majority of the awards including “Most Team Spirit,” “Team Cheer,” and “Best Campsite.”
Throughout the event musical entertainers sang as the community bought an array of food items as all the money raised went toward the Relay effort.

Our community prays

The National Day of Prayer in the City of Sylvania  was May 1 as the community came together for a moment of bowing of collective heads.
The theme for the 2014 observance, being chaired locally by Mayor Margaret Evans, is “One Voice United In Prayer” based on Romans 15:6 which declares: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

New state law permits firearms at church if house of worship OK with it

On July 1, Georgians with concealed firearm licenses will be able to carry their weapons in areas that formerly barred them.
HB 60 expands the law to places like outside the screening area at airports that are open to visitors. The law also allows school districts to set rules for their employees carrying firearms at schools – not anyone can carry at a school, but staff can be approved.
Places of worship can allow firearms inside, but the law makes it an opt-in policy, meaning the leader of the church has to say it’s OK to bring in a concealed firearm.

Help Finish the Fight against cancer

The time has arrived for the teams to take the field in the Screven County Relay For Life “Sports for a CURE …” event.
The Relay event will be gin Friday at 6 p.m. as teams representing their favorite sports teams continue to raise money in their efforts to help find a cure for cancer.
The event again will be held at Cail Field off Millen Road in Sylvania.
“If you’re ever been touched by caner yourself, your family, a friend or a co-worker, please come out and join us at Relay and help us score a win against cancer,” said Dale Reddick, who is this year’s Relay chairperson.

Scarborough chosen Rotary Citizen of the Year

It is rare for a person to earn a Citizen of the Year Award from the Sylvania Rotary Club twice.
However, few people are like Betty Scarborough, the activity director at Syl-View Health Care Center.
“Mrs. Betty, we are proud to name you the Sylvania Rotary Club Citizen of the Year for 2014,” said Enoch Autry, this year’s Rotary president who awarded the honor to Scarborough at the Briar Creek Country Club April 24.

National Day of Prayer May 1

The National Day of Prayer in the City of Sylvania is May 1.
The theme for the 2014 observance, being chaired locally by Mayor Margaret Evans, is “One Voice United In Prayer” based on Romans 15:6 which declares: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Today started with a 7 a.m. invitation-only Youth Prayer Breakfast at R & D’s Restaurant. Local ministers, educators, dignitaries, Y-Club members and other leaders were scheduled to participate.

Special Olympics times 2

Two special days are on the schedule for some very special people.
This Saturday, May 3, the Lost Creek Equine Center LLC will host a state-sanctioned event for special needs youth from around Georgia. On Friday, May 9, the local annual Special Olympics event for students in the school system and some adults will be at the county’s recreation department.
Both events are free and open to the public.

State’s top FFA making trip to Macon

Members of the high school’s FFA chapter got on the road this morning headed to middle Georgia as regional winners.
Now they are taking the next step to state at the 86th Georgia FFA Convention May 1-3 in Macon.
With the state convention themed “ignite Leadership. Growth. Success,” the winners from Georgia would advance to the National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29-Nov. 1.
The Screven County High School chapter has six members participating as individuals and the overall chapter is the Georgia FFA State National Chapter Application winner for our Program of Activities.

High school gets high marks

The Georgia Department of Education today released the second College and Career Ready Performance Index based on data from the 2012 and 2013 school years.
Screven County’s high school did well with the new scoring system. The elementary and middle schools were lower than the state averages for their respective grade levels.
Georgia’s elementary schools saw a one-year increase in scores from 74.9 to 78.5 (+3.6), middle schools saw a one-year increase in scores from 73.9 to 75.0 (+1.1) and high schools saw a one-year decrease in scores from 73.0 to 72.0 (-1.0).


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