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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Screven County Farm Bureau a state finalist

Screven County Farm Bureau (SCFB) was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the organization’s 80th annual convention held on Jekyll Island Dec. 3-5.
The county chapter was named a finalist for the prestigious McKemie Award - the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau in the state can receive - in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture.
SCFB was one of 10 county Farm Bureaus to be recognized as a finalist in the medium membership category. Joe Boddiford is the SCFB president.

Pye among trio up for top honors

Screven County Farm Bureau Office Manager Donna Pye was one of three finalists for the Georgia Farm Bureau 2017 Outstanding Office Manager Award, presented during the GFB Convention on Jekyll Island.
Pye started work with SCFB in 1999 and has been the office manager since 2012. As office manager she coordinates all SCFB agriculture outreach efforts, ranging from setting up public events to arranging volunteers to give presentations in local schools.

Beasley, Williams honored for service to city

Outgoing city council members Connie Beasley and Clint Williams received recognitions from Sylvania Mayor Preston Dees Tuesday evening at the board’s regular meeting.
Beasley has served on the council for eight years, while Williams has served for two years.
Beasley chose not to qualify to seek re-election and Williams did not receive the needed votes to remain on council in November.
Last month mayor pro tem Tripp Sheppard was re-elected and newcomers Eddie Lovett and Craig Lariscy gained the two other seats.

BOE agrees to school days for new year to begin in August

As a new calendar year approaches, the Screven County School  System board of education has released its 2018-2019 school calendar with an August start date for students, but fewer holidays during the Christmas and New Year season.
The current 2017-2018 school started on July 31, 2017, but the new calendar has the students returning to the schools on Aug. 6, 2018, for classes. During the week before – July 30-Aug. 3 – it will be preplanning for the teachers.

Sleigh full of activities set for Christmas

Leading up to Christmas Day, many churches and groups have made plans to intensify the holiday spirit in the community.
Among those with events is the 4-H office who will host “Cookies with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 16.
The event, under the direction of county agent Lauren Boykin, will be drop-in from 1-4 p.m. at the extension office at 321 Rocky Ford Road in Sylvania. The activities for the children will include cookie decorating; make an ornament; write and deliver a letter to Santa; drink hot chocolate; and take a picture with Santa.

Charter school to open locally

The Screven County School Board has voted to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Coastal Plains Educational Center to help provide teenagers with more ways of earning a high school diploma.
The Coastal Plains Educational Center is a charter school that would work in tandem with the Screven County School System may provide an opportunity for individuals who lack a high school diploma an extra shot at obtaining the vital document.

County approves towers for clay shooting

The Screven County 4-H Project S.A.F.E. Modified Trap has been and continues to be very successful in the district and statewide.
While the achievements for the boys and girls mount, so does the travel time to practice shooting sporting clays.
It may be just 5 miles from Rocky Ford on Rocky Ford Road into Garfield to get to the Bay Gall Sporting Clays, but that’s a distance the youth journey to practice each time is from the western end of Screven County into Bulloch County.
From Sylvania, the distance is more like 20 miles to Bay Gall.

Council OKs malt beverage license; sells excess mega watts to Alabama city

A business in Sylvania now by a 5-1 city council vote will be able to sell alcohol and the city has entered an agreement with an Alabama city to buy of some of Sylvania’s excess kilowatts.
Fred’s at 602 West Ogeechee Street in Sylvania had its malt beverage and wine package license request passed on Dec. 5 by the council after a public hearing was held at the beginning of the council’s regularly scheduled.
No one of the public spoke for or against the Fred’s request, however, council member Ben Mercer voted against the measure.

20-year sentence for woman who abused child

A 30-year-old Sylvania female pled guilty on Nov. 27 to abuse crimes that occurred for “several months” against a girl under the age of 5.
Christina Flanders was charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, and two counts of first-degree cruelty to children.  
Flanders was sentenced by Judge F. Gates Peed to 20 years for the aggravated assault, and a consecutive five-year term to be served on probation upon completion of her confinement.  

Alleged ATV thief crashes vehicle during pursuit

A suspect reportedly got more than what he expected on Nov. 30.
Marquavious Marterel Prescott, 21, of 153 Brittany Lane, was reportedly injured by a pickup truck when he attempted to steal a Yamaha ATV on Antioch Road.
Prescott was transported to a Savannah hospital for his injuries.
As of Tuesday, he remained hospitalized.
Warrants have taken out on Prescott by the Screven County Sheriff’s Office.

CCS’s Smith one of WTOC’s top teachers

Rick Smith is a well-respected member of the community and a fine teacher.
Students over the years who have attended the Community Christian School know this first-hand.
On Monday, the WTOC television station made it possible for thousands of TV viewers and countless others on the Internet to see just how inspirational Smith is.
Smith was named the “WTOC 11 Top Teacher” this week. The segment was scheduled to air on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will be available to for viewing on the Internet now.

Reflecting on blessings & learning about China

The community gathered for the annual Farm-City Breakfast and Thanksgiving For the Crops at the Screven County Extension Office on Nov. 22 as those who gathered thought about their local blessings and learned more about farming in China.
Joe Boddiford, known for statewide for his accomplishments with peanuts, discussed a slide presentation he made of his September 2016 to China to see first-hand how peanuts are grown and harvested.

Plans in works for Independence Day Sylvania fireworks

Thanksgiving was last week and Saturday’s Extravaganza is a yuletide indicator that Christmas comes at the latter part of December.
Then there is New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.
All of these holidays dot the calendar over the months before Independence Day, but that certainly does not mean the community cannot get prepared for the Fourth of July too.

It’s Thanksgiving so it’s time to think about Christmas

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m.
The Candy Land Christmas parade will start the festival at 3 p.m. in downtown Sylvania.
The Extravaganza will offer a variety of activities like a live nativity, petting zoo, carriage rides, Victorian carolers, mechanical bull, bounce houses, amusement rides, nativity hay ride, pictures with Santa, craft booths, food vendors and more will be on hand.

Come run with us & Rudolph Dec. 2

A “Run Run Rudolph” 10K, 5K and children’s Dasher Dash will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, on the same of this year’s Christmas Extravaganza downtown Sylvania event.
The morning run will benefit the United Way of Screven County. The fee for the 10K is $40; 5K $30 and Dasher Dash $15. To register online through Active online, go to
United Way board members and volunteers urge individuals to participate it the first-ever Run, Run Rudolph, which has a 5K, 10K or 1/2 Mile Dasher Dash.

Gamechangers like Bacon to present ideas to Milledgeville

For the last five months, 50 of Georgia’s brightest young professionals have researched Milledgeville’s history, met with community leaders, toured campuses and neighborhoods, interviewed retirees, and re-imagined downtown in their quest to come up with big ideas and innovative solutions to some of the area’s most persistent challenges.
Dorie Bacon, the executive director of the Screven County Development Authority, is among the group of professionals.

County commission meeting times to change

The Screven County Commissioners currently meet regularly once a month on the second Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the board room in the county courthouse.
Agreeing with a request from the community that was presented by Commissioner J.C. Warren on Nov. , the board in the new year will alternate its meetings between morning and evening to afford citizens an opportunity to attend.
In January, the meeting will remain in the morning.
In February, the meeting will be in the evening on the second Tuesday at a time that has not been determined.

Chamber encourages shoppers to buy locally Saturday, get extra benefits

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce urges those in the community to put your money where their heart is on Saturday, Nov. 25, for “Shop Small Saturday.”  
On Saturday, local merchants and businesses throughout Screven County are encouraged to offer discounts, free gifts and much more.  
Purchase a minimum of $10 at one of the “small town business”  Chamber members and those customers will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 chamber gift certificate good anywhere in Screven County.
The drawing will be via Facebook Live, on Wednesday,Nov. 29, at 10 a.m.

Coaching legend Scott passes

Given the appropriate nickname “Great Scott” by a former Screven County High School football coach, Coach Harold Lee Scott passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19, at home surrounded by his family.  
A statewide basketball coaching legend, for two generations in places like Nahunta, Canton, Savannah, and Sylvania he was “Mr. Basketball.”  

Run Run Rudolph & Christmas Extravaganza Dec. 2

A “Run Run Rudolph” 10K, 5K and children’s Dasher Dash will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, in the morning before the Christmas Extravaganza event as downtown in Sylvania will be buzzing with excitement.
The morning run will benefit the United Way of Screven County.
The fee for the 10K is $35; 5K $25 and Dasher Dash $15, but each of those prices will go up by $5 after Friday, Nov. 17. On Nov. 18, it will be $40, $30 and $20.
To register through Active online, go to


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