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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

First public hearings for tax hike Aug. 8

The City of Sylvania Council has announced its intention to increase the 2017 property taxes it will levy this year by 15.76 percent over the rollback millage rate.
The budget adopted by the City of Sylvania Council requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate, therefore the City of Sylvania Council will set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

Start of 180 days of learning begins

Screven County Schools Superintendent William Bland and school administrators say the beginning to this new school year has been one of the better ones.
“I would say we have had an excellent start of school, probably the best we’ve had,” Bland said 2017-2018 year that began on Monday at the elementary, middle and high schools. The Community Christian School also began its campaign Monday.
“I want to thank the teachers, administrators, and all the support staff for making this possible,” Bland said.

Getting the blood pumping with donations

The American Red Cross blood drive on July 13 was a successful one thanks to many.
“Our goal was 35 units and we received 39,” said Nancy Brinson effort at the Cail Community Center. “My goal is for community as a whole is to embrace this mission. I say ‘mission’ because I view it as just that -- you don’t have to travel to other countries to be involved in mission work … it can be take place at the Cail Community Center.”
Brinson, local coordinator of the blood drives, said blood can neither be reproduced nor bought in a store.

Morris Publishing sells the Telephone to GateHouse Media

AUGUSTA, Ga – As part of a strategic restructuring to focus its business on lifestyle publications, property development and new business, Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Augusta Chronicle and the Sylvania Telephone to GateHouse Media.

The sale also includes 10 other daily newspapers, numerous non-daily publications and associated websites and digital assets. The transaction is expected to close on October 2, 2017. Terms were not disclosed.

Our Youth -- ‘They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know’

In the lyrics of “What a Wonderful Word,” musical icon Louis Armstrong croons “They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know.” Armstrong was referring to our youth.

That was sang in 1968, in some cases years before even the birth of the parents of the youth showing livestock at the agricultural center.

Now in 2017, technological advancements in agriculture has changed the production of livestock through the elements of science.

But some elements remain still true today.

8 contestants to vie for livestock festival crown

When violent fierce winds whipped across the roof of the auditorium at the high school back on Jan. 21, the status of many future scheduled events inside the facility were put into question.

Among the events on the calendar that potentially would have to be moved was the annual Screven County Livestock Festival Pageant. However, thanks to the diligent work of construction crews in cooperation with the school system the show will go on at its traditional location.

Ogeechee Technical College named state of Georgia’s 2015 Technical College of the Year

The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia has selected Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro as this year’s recipient of the Sonny Perdue Award for the TCSG Technical College of the Year. This is the second year since the award was established in 2010 that Ogeechee has been named College of the Year.

Officials provide 12th District insight

With local elections coming within a matter of weeks and district elections on the calendar for 2016, the Screven County Republican Party hosted its 18th annual 12th Congressional District Fish Fry on Oct. 15 at the Pathway Center. State and local Republican leaders met with residents from the 12th District and provided updates on the status of the lawmaking at the state and national levels. This year the individuals who spoke from the podium were ones who currently hold elected positions at higher levels. Those speaking from the podium at the Pathway Center located on U.S.

SCHS band claims ‘gold’ at Sound of Silver Invitational

Saturday was super as the Screven County High School Gamecock Band performed in their first competition of the season at Pierce County High School in the Sound of Silver Invitational.  
The SCHS band received straight superior ratings in every caption including drum major, percussion color guard, and overall band.  
The band members finished third overall in their classification.  

Rain douses county for days

Because of the rainfall caused by Hurricane Joaquin and another low pressure system, Screven County has seen and felt quite a bit of rainfall over the last week.
Ray Hicks, coordinator of the Screven County Extension Office, and had this to say about the precipitation:
“We have seen anywhere between five and eight inches [of rain] within the county,” Hicks said. “Obviously, more northern parts of the county, closer to South Carolina have gotten more rain.”
According to Hicks, the rain has caused farming issues, namely with peanuts and cotton.

Bike ride canceled, but campaign powers forward

With the safety of bicyclists and motorists a concern with the rainy conditions, the Oct. 3 Between Two Rivers Bike Ride to benefit the United Way of Screven County was canceled.
Organizers of the annual event do not plan on rescheduling this year. The 2016 ride would be on Oct. 1.
The drawing for the Yeti cooler that was donated by Possum Eddy Ace Hardware was conducted Monday morning.
The winner of the cooler was Don Jamerson.
The campaign toward the goal of $75,000 continues.

‘Pink Out’ Oct. 30 game

The Screven County High School Student Government Association will again host “Pink Out” to have the public gain more awareness about all types of cancer. The “Pink Out” at the Screven County High School Gamecock football game will be Oct. 30 as SCHS plays Dublin for “Senior Night.” This will be the third consecutive year that the high school’s SGA will donate the money raised from the sale of “Pink Out” items to the United Way of Screven County to help provide financial assistance to local cancer victims and their caregivers.

Rocky Ford’s Smith elected as Oglethorpe Power chair

Bobby C. Smith, Jr. of Rocky Ford, has been elected chairman of the Oglethorpe Power Corporation Board of Directors.
He succeeds former Chairman Benny W. Denham who retired in July 2015. Marshall S. Millwood of Gainesville, Ga., will continue in his role as vice chairman of the board. Jimmy G. Bailey of LaGrange, Ga., was named to Denham’s vacant seat on the Oglethorpe Power Board.

City to make purchases

The Sylvania City Council voted in favor of the purchase Tuesday evening of some needed equipment that had been previously discussed.
The main three items on the agenda for the meeting were the leasing of a 2014 Dodge Charger for the Screven County Sheriff’s Office for the price of $31,424.92 at 3.49 percent. 
The other lease was for two utility trucks for the cost of $140,000 at 3.75 percent. 
A third purchase was made for a new garbage truck with funds from SPLOST, at the cost of $134,645. All three items were passed by the council.

Milestones score projections low

The expectations are higher and the standardized test is different, so parents, school officials and the students who took the Georgia Milestones tests are being notified that the scores could be lower this first year.
When the Georgia Milestones test was put into place, state school officials sought a more rigous test.
The former CRCT that now has been done away with, afforded students the opportunity to score lower yet still allow a passing grade on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

Unified for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Sylvania and Screven County went Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Sept. 25 as several employees at more than 30 businesses wore black T-shirts with gold lettering to commemorate the month while generating funds for the cause.
Amber Crosby Mock, an employee with the Bank of Newington, organized the event after working for more than four years at Lil Scholars Learning Center. That is where Mock said she had the honor of meeting a little boy who would change her life forever.
Mock calls Dusty Doyle her hero.

With Lerma off ballot, Sylvania election down to Cleland, Dees

Arnie Lerma has been disqualified to run for Sylvania mayor, leaving two candidates remaining in the race.
Lerma has a residence within the city of Sylvania, but had not changed his voter’s registration designation from when he resided outside the city limits in the county, according to Ella Rhodes, Screven County elections supervisor.
A 10-day appeals period has elapsed now as the candidates for the mayor will be Roger Cleland and Preston Dees.

115 years of service as Lions members

“We Serve.”
That is mantra for the Lions Club and with in Screven County Sylvania Lions Club members can be seen working the concession stand at the high school football games, gathering eye glasses for the needy, and other service-oriented activities for the betterment of the community.
On Monday evening at the local club’s monthly meeting, three members whose service to the Lions Club totals 115 years were honored with Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards at R&D’s Seafood, Steaks And More.
The honored Lions were Jim Hope, Randall McBride and Ed Thompson.


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