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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Knocking cancer out of the park

Sports definitely can bring out a stadium full of emotions and this year the Screven County Relay For Life anticipates to ride those heights of excitement as teams raise money to combat cancer through an athletics-theme. The Relay committee will hold its tailgating-related kickoff for the 2014 campaign Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Cail Community Center from 3-5:30 p.m.

Winter snaps back

Screven County was bundled up in the cold storm that rolled across the United States, and even though the Southeast region of the country wasn’t hit particularly hard, the storm managed to set record lows across the state.
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.

Other frosty cities turn to Sylvania to buy excess electricity

The chilly weather isn’t all bad for the City of Sylvania.
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.

A strategic plan for our future

To reach a destination, you need directions that provide a guide.
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.

Sing to praise God & raise $$$ for clinic

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home will sponsor a “Gospel Sing” to benefit the St. Camillus Health Clinic in Sylvania Sunday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home’s chapel.
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

Grand jury indicts 13

Roderick Grace, Fabolous Mills and Cornelius Roberts will not receive an additional charge for their upcoming trial after the January Screven County Grand Jury Monday morning.
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.

Long-time grocer, former elected official Kemp dies

A former military policeman, state patrolman, and elected official who remained in the grocery business for more than 60 years died Monday morning while working at a job he loved at the age of 84.
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.

Bones identified as female reported missing since 1979

A 1979 Daytona Beach Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation cold case has been at least partially solved after bones found in the Newington area on Dec. 6, 1986 by a hunter have been identified as Tammy Hollins, 14, of Daytona Beach.
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.

Fatal head-on crash in Cooperville

An 82-year-old Screven County resident died Monday afternoon after her vehicle was involved in a head-on crash on Highway 301.
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.

Optim centers on new administrator

Screven and Jenkins County Optim Medical Centers have a new face as of Monday.
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.

Grand Jury indicts 19

Screven County’s October Grand Jury indicted 19 individuals Monday. Two suspected criminals from the last July grand jury that were no-billed were true-billed this time around.
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.

County roads edging closer to completion

It is not fully what it needs to be, but Friendship Road is one of the roadways that has or will be repaired in the county.
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.

Injured dog receives support of new wheels

Buster the Chihuahua is one tough, lucky dog. Last week the 7-year-old inside dog was hit by a truck on Sheppard’s Switch Road, right outside his home. Buster’s owner Tiffanie Shuman said the driver of the truck looked at her as she ran to Buster and put the pedal to the floor, driving away from the scene – an awful unsympathetic hit and run, she said.
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.

‘Between Two Rivers’ with extra pedal power

Lots of pedaling will provide power to the local United Way Saturday.
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.

SCES home to state’s top occupational therapist

Although the humble Pam Reddick-Collins never says it was because of her that a child who had physical or emotional difficulties can now return to sit in a classroom with fellow students or a child who could not walk when he arrived at the elementary school can now walk without assistance, people who know Mrs. Pam know the truth.
And they have know for a while.
Now the state of Georgia too knows what Screven County Elementary School has known all along.


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