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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.
During the recent weeks, Screven County’s school system has been on the national scene for its attendance protocol. However, according to officials with the state department of education, no notice has been made to their office concerning the dispute over a resident’s May arrest for failure to comply with mandatory school attendance as her child reportedly had excessive unexcused absences. Julie Scott Giles, 43, of Sylvania was arrested on May 14 and has a July 14 court date in Screven County.
The Sylvania Fire Department has received a federal grant for $120,877. There is a 5 percent cost match, requiring that Sylvania contribute $6,043, making the total amount of money received by the fire department $126,920. The money received from the grant will be used to purchase personal protective gear and equipment for firefighters. The fire department will now be able to update its older turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses that needed to be replaced, as well as the aging thermal imaging camera.
The body of a man who had been missing was recovered from the Savannah River Monday morning.
Fifty-one-year-old Charles Winfield Morel Jr. of Effingham County was discovered earlier this week after perishing in a boating accident on Saturday.
According to witness reports, the boat he was in flipped and landed on top of the man, killing him. His body was subsequently taken to the Screven County coroner’s office.
A Pooler man on probation for an aggravated child molestation conviction and prison sentence has been charged by the county sheriff’s office in a string of church burglaries that span over at least three counties including Screven.
Fifty-one-year-old Morris Cyral Gunter of 5050 Old Louisville Road in Pooler, was apprehended by Screven County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Lacienski and Sgt. Brett Dickerson after a member of one the local churches noticed and bought items that reportedly had been taken from a Screven County house of worship. The church-goer made the purchase at a business in a neighboring county where Gunter was selling religious items like Bibles and other merchandise used in churches.
The observant shopper took her newly purchased items to the sheriff’s office and provided authorities with whom the items were bought and where. While the sheriff’s office continues its investigation into the possibility of additional church break-ins, law enforcement officers are in efforts to have congregation members identify items from their respective churches.
Screven County has plenty of different event scheduled over the upcoming weeks.
Along with various Screven County sports contests involving the school system and the county recreation department, here are just some of the local happenings --
On Sept. 18, the 17th annual fish fry for the 12th Congressional District will be at the Pathway Center on Highway 301 starting at 6:30 p.m.
On Sept. 20, a Plantation Airpark Fall Fly-In will start at 9 a.m.
On that same day, Wild About Screven will be held on the Screven County Courthouse Lawn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
District Conservationist Phil Hall is new to the area, but his wealth of experience and knowledge in natural resources is ready to help anyone who has questions. Hall can inspect the soil of land someone might be thinking about purchasing and let them know what would be best to plant – timber, corn, grass for grazing cows.
Screven County Extension Coordinator Ray Hicks said the rainfall is creeping its way back to being about average compared to previous years, but the timing has been bad for some who planted at their normal time and good for those who planted a little bit later.
Peter was seeing patients Monday, marking the first time she’s been away from her boys.
“So (Monday) was really hectic but I’m really happy to be back,” she said. “I was actually looking forward to seeing my patients again, though it was really hard being away from my babies.”
Patients were seen by Adult Nurse Practitioner Jean Bailey during Peter’s leave, and Peter was thankful for Bailey’s help.
The project is an opportunity for the university and the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences to conduct basic research designed to ensure a long-term and holistic approach for research on the river.
Tina Johnson officially began her position Tuesday. She has quickly become acquainted with the various aspects of the county’s United Way. Johnson resides in Screven County with her husband Jody and the couple’s two children.
Johnson graduated from Screven County High School before obtaining her diploma as a nurse from Ogeechee Technical College.
First of these events is the Wild About Screven Catfish & Bass Fishing Tournament.
Starting Friday, Sept. 19, anglers are invited to fish the waters of Screven County for the biggest fish they can land. There will be a weigh-in at the Amphitheater behind the Screven County Courthouse at 11 a.m. on Sept. 20.
For more information about this event, please contact Barry Durden.
Barrow is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition which is a conservative group of legislators in the Democratic Party.
“We work with the other side of the aisle,” he said to Burton Kemp’s advanced placement class. “It is a frustrating time to be in Congress. There is a lot of good that could be done, but isn’t.”
The stadium located on the Screven County High School campus over the years has hosted several notable events like the senior class graduations and the state football championship in 2002.
On Saturday night, however, the stadium extended a welcome home to a friend who has been unified with the venture for 50 years.
Barbara Gilbert started full-time as the driver of the bookmobile on Oct. 1, 1981 – a day she remembers well because she had to sit on the Screven County Grand Jury and missed her first day at the library.
Synthetic marijuana, or Spice, K2, and a variety of other names, is made of dried, shredded plant material soaked with chemical additives that allegedly give effects similar to marijuana. Sgt. Brett Dickerson said this dangerous, not-very-well regulated product may have chemicals toxic to human health.
And loving it and loving the people they work with on a daily basis.
Veteran employees of Syl-View were honored Aug. 22 with a “Tree of Life” anniversary celebration.
The theme was “Walking By Faith” and these ladies are testaments to that.
Marsha Roberts has 40 years at Syl-View. Jackie Kilcrease has 38 years. Rhonda Carter has 33 years and Betty Scarborough has 32 years.
“I want to thank all of you for your hard work, dedication and compassion,” said Rachel Eggleston, the Syl-View administrator.