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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Shredding event at Queensborough Nov. 17

In celebration of America Recycles Day 2017, Keep Screven Beautiful and Queensborough NB&T will host its third annual shredding event.  
This event will take place Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Queensborough NB&T at the Sylvania location, on 301 Mims Road.
KSB and Queensborough Bank, joins thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

Low turnout elects our leaders

The Sylvania City Council will have two new members on its board when January arrives as only 193 of 1,547 registered voters in the city cast ballots in the race Tuesday.
Staying on city council will be Tripp Sheppard, who currently serves as the mayor pro tem. Also earning enough votes to become council members were political newcomers Eddie Lovett and Craig Lariscy.
Incumbent Clint Williams came in fourth in the election as just the top three voter-getters will serve in 2018.
Lovett had 170; Sheppard 137; Lariscy 116; and Williams 100.

Run Run Rudolph, Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 2

A “Run Run Rudolph” 10K, 5K and children’s Dasher Dash will be held on Dec. 2 hours before the Christmas Extravaganza event will be busy downtown in Sylvania on that Saturday.
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 those prices will go up by $5 as the event gets closer.
Sponsors for the event are still being gathered. If you would like to be a sponsor of the event, contact the United Way office at 564-5770 for more information.

16-year-old charged in shooting

A 16-year-old male has been charged by the Screven County Sheriff’s Office with aggravated assault in connection with a Nov. 4 shooting incident on Ridge Circle.
The juvenile reportedly will be tried as an adult for the crime.
The victim was shot in the leg and transported to the hospital.
The whole incident reportedly began over a Facebook page posting.
When multiple law enforcement agencies arrived on the scene, the suspect had fled on foot.
Law enforcement surrounded the area and apprehended the juvenile.

Current, future Sylvania police, fire to earn more

To become more competitive with other law enforcement and fire department agencies in the area, the city of Sylvania has increased the pay for those currently employed with the system and for future employees.
Public Safety Director Gary Weaver and City Manager Stacy Mathis reviewed the pay scale of others in the county and outside in order to make the department more competitive during the hiring process.
Weaver said employees have left the department over the years for more money at other agencies.

County accepting applications for manager

The Screven County Board of Commissioners are looking for the right person to be the next county manager.
The board has position advertisements running on governmental websites and this week an advertisement is published in the Sylvania Telephone.
In September, county manager Rick Jordan confirmed that he is looking at retirement in the coming months.
No definite timeline has been given by Jordan, but his announcement afforded the commission the opportunity to begin the placement of advertisements for the position.

'Zeus' no longer on loose

The canine that has been missing since a Sept. 29 that tragically resulted in the death of a 6-year-old Screven County Elementary School first grader has been found and returned to its owner.
The dog known as “Zeus” is a service dog that went missing when the dog’s owner collided into the vehicle at the intersection of Poor Robin Road and Highway 21.
The dog’s owner lives in Hilton Head, S.C., and has been traveling back to Screven County help look for the pet.

$10,000 reward offered for help leading to arrest in death, arson

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the death of Lisa Scott and arson of her residence on Statesboro Highway.
Law enforcement have been stopping vehicles near the residence to ask motorists if they saw anything suspicious on Oct. 24.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Screven County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case at 5749 Statesboro Highway.

Boyds honored at Farm Bureau banquet

State Representative and House Majority Leader Jon Burns presented Ben and Julie Anna Boyd a resolution that had been read on the House floor earlier this year in honor of the couple being named for the 2017 National Outstanding Young Farmer Award.
Ben Boyd accepted the award from Burns on Oct. 24 as his spouse was en route to Indianapolis with members of the Screven County High School chapter of the FFA.

Election day for trio of municipalities Nov. 7

The opportunity to vote early for three Screven County municipalities will end on Friday, Nov. 3, but the actual 12 hours to cast a ballot on election day will be on Nov. 7.
From the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Hiltonia, Rocky Ford and Sylvania, the polls will be open for registered voters.
Advanced voting has been conducted at the Screven County Courthouse in the registrar’s office from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Death of woman in fire being investigated as homicide

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Screven County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a woman found Tuesday during a house fire on U.S. Hwy 301 in the Cooperville community.
Officials say on Tuesday at approximately 12:27 p.m., a 911 call was received in reference to a house fire at 5749 Statesboro Highway in Sylvania.
Screven County Fire Department crews and Screven County deputies responded.
Upon entry into the structure, firefighters discovered a female victim inside the residence.

Local FFA members to be recognized in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS- When the lights are dimmed and a hush descends upon an audience of more that 54,000 at the nation’s largest annual student convention Oct. 25 through Oct. 28, in Bakers Life Fieldhouse, Wilson Boyd will share the spotlight with other FFA Members as he is recognized as a FFA National Proficiency Finalist.
Boyd was selected as a Finalist in the FFA National Proficiency Award program in the area of Fiber and Oil Crop Production.

‘Bustin’ For Bragg’ fundraiser on Oct. 28

A “Bustin’ For Bragg” benefit shoot is scheduled for Mark Bragg at BayGall Sporting Clays on Saturday, Oct. 28. It will be European rotation as the event begins at 9 a.m and will end at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $100 for adults and $75 for those 17 and under. Lunch of either barbecue sandwiches or hamburgers is included with the entry fee. Each shooter will be eligible for prizes from multiple drawings. Longbird Competition is $10 (10 targets). The winner of the Longbird takes 50 percent of Longbird proceeds.

Footprints on Sands of Time tix available

Footprints on the Sands of Time V is planned for Nov. 2 at the Sylvania City Cemetery on Ennis Street by the Downtown Development Authority/Classic Main Street of Sylvania.  
This is a living history tour featuring eight people who helped shape our county spanning the time from the 1700s to 2000s.
Tours start at 4 o’clock with a docent conducting each tour. You will learn about symbols on some of the monuments and be introduced to each character.

Fish fry provides political insight

While there’s a strong possibly that the aroma of fried fish; gracious supply of grits; sweet cole slaw; and devine chocolate delight may coax them to the spot tucked away just off Highway 301 in the woods, candidates for statewide offices attend the annual 12th Congressional District out of tradition and support for the event’s organizers.

Little Tykes Trick-or-Treat Business Hour on Halloween

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10-11:30 a.m., continuing a long-time downtown tradition, the Screven County Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development Authority presents the Little Tykes Trick-or-Treat Business Hour. Little princesses, minions, superheroes and more will parade through downtown Sylvania as businesses provided them with treats, candy and goodies. This special trick-or-treat Business Hour is a great time for businesses to give back to the children of their customers.

Monument unveiled to honor WWI Otranto sinking

A monument to commemorate the Otranto sinking during World War I was unveiled on Oct. 6 to pay respects to the casualties and survivors of Screven County.
Before hundreds who gathered in downtown Sylvania for the event, the names of the survivors and those gave their lives were read. When the names were called, any family members in attendance stood from their seats or waved their hand to honor their relative.
The sinking of the vessel came when it accidently collided with another liner during an intense storm at sea.

Smith, former council member, passes

Local business man and former Sylvania City Council Member Benjamin Alexander Smith II, 80, died on October in Sylvania.
Smith was born in Lakeland, Fla., to the late Lilly Faye Cawden and Benjamin Alexander Smith I and served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. Upon his retirement, Smith and his wife resided in Sylvania, where he served eight years as a city councilman and established A. Austin Incorporated which consisted of numerous businesses, most notably Sylvania Antiques.

Voters to decide on e-commerce via referendum

The Screven County commissioners voted to have a referendum on the November ballot for e-commerce.
The referendum was proposed to the board by Screven County Development Authority Executive Director Dorie Bacon.
If passed by the voters, the e-commerce does not cover any existing busiesses in the county. It rather is for potential businesses to locate in the county.
The Freeport would exempt the inventory of businesses like Amazon.

REACHing out

Five eighth grade students at Screven County Middle School signed an agreement on Tuesday morning that is expected to hold great future opportunities for them.
With their family present as community leaders watched intently, the five signed the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Scholarship Program paperwork that afforded them the chance to earn tens of thousands of dollars toward a postsecondary education.


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