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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

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.

Rivers Alive effort cleans up 1,200 pounds

A group of about 75 gathered Saturday morning to participate in Keep Screven Beautiful Rivers Alive event.  
Participants met at Brannen’s Bridge during the morning Sept. 26; were given trash bags; and disbanded into several groups to pick up litter around several of Screven County’s waterways.
About 31 youth from Boy Scout Troop 103, Cub Scout Pack 391, and Jesus on Wheels participated in the cleanup. The groups were taken by a guide to Miller Lake, Possum Eddy Lake, Cannon Lake, and Brannen’s Bridge.  

Time for the annual bike ride after those tasty pancakes

The organizers of the Sept. 17 “Flapjack Give Back” kickoff fundraiser for the 2016 United Way of Screven County campaign asked residents whether they were hungry for some pancakes.
The answer came back with a solid “yes.”
The social hall of the First United Methodist Church in Sylvania was busy through the two-hour event as 2015 celebrity chef champion Rachel Thompson of the Bank of Newington was able -- thanks to generous patrons -- claim the trophy again.

Sylvanian Hammond to run for state senate

While local races are heating up on the political scene, one Sylvania resident is eyeing a post in a 2016 election.
Stephen Hammond recently launched his campaign for Georgia State Senate District 23. About 45 supporters gathered at the Pathway Center in Sylvania to launch the campaign and show their support as Hammond seeks a position currently held by fellow Republican Jesse Stone, an attorney and former mayor of Waynesboro.

A Picnic in the Park

The Downtown Development Authority/Classic Main Street is having the annual Picnic in the Park on Friday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. with the bag lunches being served from their office on the square in downtown Sylvania. The bag lunch includes a big bar-be-que sandwich, bag of chips, homemade brownie and a choice of drink -- all of this is delivered in a bag featuring artwork done by budding artists in Screven County. Elementary students from the Community Christian School and the Screven County Elementary School have created original works of art for each bag.

Annual waterways cleanup Sept. 26

Keep Screven Beautiful’s ninth annual Rivers Alive will be Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Brannens Bridges.
Supplies such as trash bags and gloves will be provided and after collection refreshments will be served
For more information, call 912-978-1076. Waivers are needed for all volunteers and minors must have a guardian signature. 
There will be a sign-up sheet and waivers available at the cleanup site.

SCHS graduate Berger discovers new species of ancestors

Lee Berger has fond memories of growing up in Screven County and living in the Bay Branch community.
Known as “Rod” Berger during his days as student in the Screven County School System, he took this education very seriously.
Berger was named the STAR Student in 1984 as he chose Dr. James MacLeod as his STAR Teacher.
Berger treasures the academia of the Screven County schools and, to this day, continues to rave about his localized education.
“Screven County High School. I have lots of degrees, but that’s the best education I have ever received,” Berger said.

Flapjack Give Back Sept. 17 to benefit your local United Way

Eat breakfast for dinner this evening and you will be giving to a worthy cause.
Five celebrity chefs will have some pancake specialities ready for consumption, today, Sept. 17, at the “Flapjack Give Back” for the 2016 United Way of Screven County campaign kickoff.
The evening event that supports the local United Way will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sylvania.


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