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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.
Vern Beaver, observing program leader at the NOAA Weather Service in Charleston, said Savannah’s temperatures broke both the record low and the maximum low Tuesday. Savannah’s previous coldest Jan. 7 was 21 degrees set in 1959 – the temperature went down to 19 degrees.
Across the country, millions of people were affected by the bad weather and needed electricity to power their heaters and homes.
City Manager Stacy Mathis said the poor weather conditions increased the city’s excess power sales to MEAG dramatically over a 24-hour period Tuesday. Instead of selling excess electricity at the normal 3 cents per kWh, the market went as high as $1.28 per kWh.
This mini-boom in excess sales will give the city a slight boost to electric revenues this month.
At a Monday morning breakfast, county and city officials gathered with business leaders to hear how they will assist with a strategic plan for future growth in local industry and retail.
Consultants Dean Barber and Jason Hamman spoke to the group of 30-plus members of the community at the breakfast held in the Screven County Recreation Department meeting room.
The tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance as only 200 tickets are available at the funeral home or from employees of the funeral home.
All proceeds go to the health clinic. Several local musical groups will be featured. For more information, call (912) 564-2331 or visit online at thompsonstricklandwaters.com.
The three were presented to the grand jury on a new charge for criminal attempt to possess marijuana stemming from an August 2011 Newington Highway home break-in. The three allegedly confessed to attempting to buy marijuana at the residence.
Grace, Mills and Roberts have already been indicted on charges of robbery, burglary and aggravated assault related to the break-in.
Nearly 235 years ago, Screven County served as the site of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brier Creek.
They have gone to all the states in the nation and second-largest base is in Keyna. On Thanksgiving, they were in Africa.
Well known throughout the community, Burton Kemp Sr., an avid Screven County Gamecocks supporter, came to work Dec. 30 at the 8 o’clock hour at Moats IGA in downtown Sylvania and said “hello” as he typically would to each of the employees as he saw them. However, Kemp passed away suddenly before 9 a.m.
Tammy Hollins and her mother Diane Hollins, 30, have been reported missing since June 11, 1979 when they vanished and never returned to their Park Drive home. Diane’s whereabouts are still unknown.
Many local officials used the word “blessed” as they put into words their happiness about Tuesday’s announcement that Shrivallabh Pittie Group, a leading textile manufacturer in India, will build its first U.S.-based manufacturing facility in the Screven County Industrial
Traveling south, LaTrelle Robinson Gay swerved into the oncoming lane for no discernible reason, the Georgia State Patrol reported. Gay, the wife of the late Math J. Gay who managed the Matt Gay Chevrolet-Olds dealership in Sylvania for 22 years, died at the scene.
Bob Sellers, 57, drove 15 hours from Illinois’ Clay County Thursday with his wife Julie to start his job as hospital administrator for the two hospitals.
He said his wife has always wanted to be near Savannah, and he put his “name in the hat” after he saw an email recruiting qualified administrators for the position in July.
Devin Elijah Lawton was indicted for aggravated stalking and sexual exploitation of children in connection with him allegedly posting a nude photograph of a minor on Facebook and stalking the female minor.
William Cody Widener was also true-billed for interference with government property after he allegedly damaged his jail cell at the Screven County Jail last October.
Travis Forehand with the Screven County department of roads and bridges told county commissioners Tuesday morning that Friendship Road does have new piping under the roadway.
Forehand said it is open for use, but motorists need to drive on the roadway with caution. Currently, as more construction is being done on the road, Friendship is loose gravel.
Shuman went to veterinarian Barry Wolfe, and he said Buster’s bills would be in the hundreds of dollars and Buster may have problems with going to the bathroom for the rest of his life.
The “Between Two Rivers Bike Ride” that benefits the United Way of Screven County offers bicyclists a choice of one of the four routes, but this year also includes a separate “Family Fun Day” for children.
This third annual bicycle ride on Oct. 5 will have four routes of 12, 30, 62 and 100 miles as all of the routes will begin at the Sylvania First Baptist Church with the riders rolling out of the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. after an opening ceremony that starts at 8 a.m.
And they have know for a while.
Now the state of Georgia too knows what Screven County Elementary School has known all along.