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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Police nab coin thieves

Brothers Glenn Mock, 63, and Larry Mock, 57, were arrested for burglary last week after investigators from the Screven County Sheriff’s Office tracked down some rare coins sold at a Pooler pawn shop.
Glenn allegedly stole rare coins over a long period of time from an elderly person living in the south end of the county. More than $50,000 worth of rare coins was reported stolen after a burglary occurred.

Grand jury indicts 23

Screven County’s Grand Jury indicted 23 people and no-billed one at Monday’s Superior Court session.
Daniel Karl Richardson was not indicted for an aggravated assault charge that supposedly occurred Dec. 15, 2013 at an MLK address. His case may be presented to another grand jury in the future if the district attorney’s office chooses to do so.
Charges ranging from aggravated child molestation to hunting without a license to illegal parking.
The full list of those indicted is as follows:

County buys garbage truck

After months of debate among Screven County Commissioners decided to purchase a new Mac garbage truck for the county Tuesday morning. Commissioner Stan Sheppard, who oversees the solid waste department, said the county’s two roll off trucks were failing to pick up the county’s trash in a timely matter.

Great American Cleanup set for April 26

The Great American Cleanup is an annual, community improvement campaign started by Keep America Beautiful in 1999.
This year on April 26 has been set aside for the Great American Cleanup Day in our area. During the Great American Cleanup, thousands of Georgians celebrate Keep Georgia Beautiful Month by cleaning, restoring and beautifying their communities.

Police make three arrests, two for meth making

Two probationers were arrested after a traffic stop by Sgt. Shane Burke led investigators into an alleged meth-making group of people.
Late last Thursday Burke pulled over Larry Melton Shaver Jr., 42, of 210 E. Ogeechee Street, and Lois Marie Waters-Shaver, 38, because they were known methamphetamine users and had made a driving error.
Both were arrested by the Sylvania Police Department. During an interview Marie stated she previously lived with a Shawn Scott, 34, of Dover Road.

Addressing the bills

Residents and members of the Sylvania community addressed the City Council Tuesday night in an informative meeting with Senior Vice President of MEAG Scott Jones and Vice President of Electric Cities of Georgia Ellen Richardson.
After a start with the first three visitors only receiving five minutes to speak, as per the rules Mayor Margaret Evans said, they were able to address the executives directly for answers to questions they had.

‘Homegrown’ livestock parade Main Event April 5

Saturday marks the return of the annual Screven County Livestock Festival parade as 55 entrants will go down Main Street in Sylvania beginning at 11 a.m.
The theme this year is “Homegrown Since 1951.”
The event draws hundreds to the sides of the street as many groups and individuals wave and give out candy to onlookers along the parade route.
This year’s parade grand marshal is Olin Boyd.

NEW QUEEN: Abercrombie's 'Amazing' Night

For the first two years as a student at Screven County High School, Caitlin Abercrombie wanted to be a contestant in the Screven County Livestock Festival Pageant. However, while Abercrombie – like all of us – has multiple talents, none of those qualities translated into the on-stage talent she would need to compete in the annual kickoff event for the festival.
All of that changed March 29 for the high school junior.

Group seeks power in numbers on electricity bills

Sylvania’s Concerned Citizens have begun to make their voices heard about their choice in electrical power.
Last Friday more than 120 residents of Sylvania gathered at a town meeting to discuss and hear stories involving extremely high electrical bills after Winter Storm Pax’s ice storm. The city’s monthly billing cycle had up to 11 extra days tacked on because meter readers could not read meters, the region’s abnormally cold weather, and confusing electric use tiers have made the residents begin protesting.

Development Authority has lots of plans on agenda

The Screven County Industrial Development Authority has a busy couple of months planned as they’ll be going to the World Trade Center in Savannah March 27-28, attending events in Bulloch County during the Double Play Developer Days, receive their strategic plan final report, and welcome the Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG) bus tour May 6.

Silent majority at council meeting makes impression

City Hall was packed full of people “watching” Sylvania’s City Council meeting Tuesday night. A group of approximately thirty people came to the meeting after high utility bills spurred them on.
The silent group was originally on the agenda to speak to the council but decided, after a talk with Mayor Margaret Evans and City Manager Stacy Mathis, to wait, Concerned Citizens’ Aaron Trimble said.

Joint effort results in meth, weapons charges

While working a burglary and searching for stolen items, Screven County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Lacienski followed the trail to a house in Burke County.
Once Lacienski identified the possible suspect and the house he let Burke County Sheriff’s Office know.
The two agencies conducted a joint investigation that arrested Davvy James Overstreet, 23, 1376 Creek Road in Girard. A meth lab, two sawed off shotguns and missing property was discovered as they searched Overstreet’s Creek Road residence.

Georgia Press Association holds contest to support newspaper loyalty

Georgia Press Association is offering a $250 cash prize to the winner of a social media contest running for the rest of the month. 
Georgia residents can enter the contest by taking a creative photograph with their favorite local paper that is a member of the Georgia Press Association. The Sylvania Telephone is a member of the GPA.
Contest entries should be posted on Instagram or Twitter, accompanied with the hashtag #ReadLocalGA. A winner will be selected April 1. No purchase is necessary to enter. 

Retired superintendent, current RESA director qualifies for BOE seat

It is a rarity that a local board qualifier who has no opposition receives so much attention for being on the election ballot, but this candidate is different.
While the qualifiers for the three county commission seats and the other two school board seats are incumbents, the qualifying of Whit Myers for the District 7 BOE seat already has coaxed discussions by those who have heard of his entrance since qualifying closed at noon March 7 for the May 20 primary and non-partisan election.

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.


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