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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Little bit of intrigue on horizon for elections

While qualifying for Screven County municipal elections were set to conclude last week, the race for the position of mayor of Newington still remains unclear on how many and who will be on the ballot.
As of Tuesday, qualifying for the Newington mayor was being challenged. Newington’s current mayor is Donald Scott.
However, the council candidates in Newington have been determined for the election to be held on Nov. 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at town and city polling sites.

Dozens plea, are sentenced to avoid trials

The month of August was filled with individuals who made pleas before Superior Court Judge F. Gates Peed as sentences were rendered.
Gary Antwone Rountree pled guilty on Aug. 7 to burglary-first degree; and criminal damage to property-second degree.
In a separate charge, Rountree pled guilty on the same day to burglary-first degree; criminal damage to property-second degree; and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers-misdemeanor.
For the charges, Rountree was sentenced to 15 years with seven to serve.

Flapjack Give Back puts pancakes in bellies and helps your community

The annual Flapjack Give Back event to benefit the United Way of Screven and its supported agencies will be Sept. 14 as school system club advisors serve as celebrity chefs.
Each celebrity chef will prepare her own versions of specialty pancakes. Sausage, grits and beverages will be available in the Sylvania First United Methodist social hall from 5 to 7 p.m. The meals are $5 and can be either dine-in or carry-out at the Give Back that is sponsored by Neighbors Express.

Reading gets dialed in with pep rally/kickoff

An AR pep rally and kickoff will be today, Aug. 31, at Screven County Elementary School.
The 10 a.m. pep rally for accelerated reading will have SCHS football players helping explain the importance of reading.
The community is invited to come read with the students as Tricia Singleton from E 93, in conjunction with Sylvan Learning, will be in attendance today.
E93 Radio at 93.1 FM presents “Road to Read,” powered by Sylvan Learning Center. E93 personalities go to classrooms and libraries to read to students to promote reading and education.

CDL site coming to Screven County

A CDL training site is in line to come to Screven County via Ogeechee Technical College.
A discussion of where the site would be located raised questions at the Screven County Commission’s July meeting, but now the site will be placed at the originally planned location just off Rocky Ford Road, across from the animal shelter.
The helipad that currently occupies the location will be relocated elsewhere in the county so OTC will have access to the location.

Students take in eclipse despite cloud cover

As the nation gazed skyward on Monday, so did Screven County students to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse.
Although the clouds did block the view in the county, some were able to see the moon passing in front of the sun in between the breaks in the clouds.
“I was pleased that the Screven County School system was able to provide the opportunity for students to observe the eclipse event in an educational and safe environment,” said Superintendent William Bland.

City votes for tax hike as no one attends the public hearings

Well it looks like the property owners in Sylvania are OK with the newly approved tax increase.
No one attended any of th public hearings except for the city manager, mayor, council members and the Sylvania Telephone editor.
The third and final public hearing was Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. just before the start of the regularly scheduled city council meeting.
During the meeting, the council unanimously voted in favor of the increase.

Williams maintains his innocence against two dozen indictments

The Sylvania Police Department says Joseph Williams committed 24 counts of felony printing, executing, negotiating checks, drafts, etc. knowing information is in error or fictitious.
The police report that Williams used a computer to print checks that were not valid.
Williams has since been indicted in July by the Screven County Grand Jury on those two dozen counts.
Also charged with Willliams in May was Shantell Francois and James Grant.

Jones ‘faces’ need for top 10 votes

Let’s face it -- he needs our votes.
Bobby Jones from Koyo Bearings has made the top 10 for the “Faces of Manufacturing in Georgia” contest.
And Screven County residents and beyond can help Jones advance even further in the competition with just a few clicks thanks to the vastness of the Internet.
The voting began at 9 a.m. Wednesday and will conclude at 4 p.m. on Aug. 23.

Screven schools to enlighten students about solar eclipse

While some school systems in the region have chosen to take Aug. 21 as a “weather day” and close the schools, the Screven County system saw the solar eclipse event as a potential learning experience.
Screven County schools will stay in operation 30 additional minutes on Aug. 21 so students can witness the eclipse of the sun that will be visible to all of North America.
While Bulloch County schools will join Screven County in staying open extra minutes that day, Effingham County and Savannah-Chatham County Schools will be closed on Aug. 21 for students.

Well-traveled winged guests

Many visitors come through the southern Georgia and western South Carolina region in search of tasty cuisine found primarily in this part of the nation. There is homemade biscuits, flavorful barbecue, and even fresh-caught catfish.
However, for one grouping of visitors who fly in from southern Brazil the delicacy is June bugs and dragonflies. While that may not seem like primetime vittles for most, for unusual types of birds known as swallow-tailed kites those winged insects bring the birds back each year in the spring and summer months to the area.

Arrest made in theft of $20,000 worth of jewelry

A Metter man has been charged by Sylvania police with the theft of $20,000 worth of jewelry from a residence.
Gregory Lee Schultz, 27, was charged with felony theft by taking. Schultz was arrested at his residence in Candler County on July 25 and officers were able to recover all of the missing jewelry.
Sylvania Police Department responded on July 17 to a residence on South Lake Drive to investigate the report of a residential burglary. The complainant advised officers that she was missing approximately $20,000 of jewelry.

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.


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