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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.
And to prove it, we’ll subject a sample of our population to a four-hour test that measures math skills, reading for information and locating information.
It’s part of Screven County’s efforts to gain status as a “Work Ready” community, a state designation meant to show an area has an able workforce.
Richard Sears Adams III, 24, of Main Street, was charged with two felony counts – possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute – and a misdemeanor – possession of a drug-related object, said Lt. Tony A. Taylor of the Sylvania Police Department.
SCHS was one of four schools from the current 3AA who sought an appeal. While Southeast Bulloch also lost its appeal, Toombs County and Vidalia won their bids to relocate.
With fewer schools in 3AA, the subregions will remain for sports other than football. However, in the case of football, SCHS will be able to schedule two games that are not region contests.
In 2009, SCHS played a 10-game region schedule.
The higher sanitation fees are due to higher health insurance costs for county employees, said Carter Crawford, city manager. Beginning in January and showing up on bills in February, sanitation fees will increase by $1.58 a month per household, from $17.82 to $19.40, he said.
For the second time in three years, Screven County High School has received the bronze medal from U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in the United States.
Schools can earn a ranking of gold, silver, bronze or honorable mention. In Georgia, one school received a gold, while 10 received a silver and other 18 a bronze. No Georgia school earned honorable mention.
“It is a good pat on the back, especially this year when we hear about all the doom and gloom,” said SCHS principal Brett Warren.
Don Aaron, president of the company, said the remaining workers will be gone before Christmas.
Company officials announced in early October that the plant would close in December. As work winds down, efforts already have begun to sell the equipment and market the building and land.
The tractor trailer carrying wood pallets for Williams Brothers Trucking then careened into one of the steel standard poles that holds the red flashing lights above the roadway.
The WBT truck driven by 43-year-old Larry Drake of Warrenton, Ga., was headed south toward Newington as his truck struck the right rear of the Eagle fuel truck, which, by law, must stop at crossings.
A 93-year-old Sylvania woman had her left arm amputated and was in stable condition after a wreck on the Highway 301 Bypass Monday morning.
Lula Mae Morris, whose address was listed as a post office box in Sylvania, was driving a 1999 Ford Taurus westbound on Singleton Avenue at about 11:15 a.m., said Sgt. Trevin Moore of the Sylvania Police Department. As she crossed the bypass, a southbound truck carrying five U-Haul trailers struck her car.
“We feel that enough is enough, we aren’t going to change the minds of the city council who have demonstrated that they do not listen to their voters,” said Bill Revesz, owner of 315 S. Main St. He said his neighbor, Karen Thompson, also withdrew her application for 313 S. Main St. to be changed to professional.
The people living in the duplexes out back already have asked if the seniors in the middle building are going to have bingo night.
And can they come?
It’s just the kind of interaction Dave Shah was hoping for on the 14.7-acre tract he bought in July on E. Ogeechee Street – the former Screven County Academy.
Shah, who also owns Sylvania Discount Tobacco, is going to keep the Screven County Academy name.
Despite vehement opposition from neighbors, the Sylvania City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday night to change the zoning of three houses on South Main Street from residential to professional.
The only council member voting against the change, Ben Smith, said he had been contacted by an “overwhelming number of people” who opposed the rezoning and that has to guide how he votes.
A dozen opponents of the change, who hired a lawyer from Atlanta to argue their case in letters to the city, said they were considering whether to file a lawsuit challenging the decision.
“It’s the largest we’ve ever had,” said Heidi Jeffers, Screven County Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We’re looking forward to a wonderful extravaganza.”
Nearly 70 booths were expected at the event, compared with 25 booths last year. Many of the booths will be operated by charitable groups trying to raise money during these hard economic times.
The words “organic farming” may have limited meaning to one person and possibly not much at all to another, but for an individual who lives in Screven County those two words may not be merely for the present.
Organic farming for some local farmers has become a promising alternative for now and the future.
Johnson’s retirement ceremony was held on Nov. 24 at U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), which is at Fort McPherson, Ga. He had served there since June 2007 as the deputy chief of staff G-4, which is equivalent to being a senior vice president for logistics for a large civilian corporation.
“I’ve enjoyed my service to my country and the camaraderie of being in the military, and I’ll miss being with soldiers,” Johnson said.
It was daylight and clear weather at 4:40 p.m. when the Rev. Joseph Roberson, 57, was traveling westbound on Poor Robin Road, said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Ben Forehand. A yellow sign saying “Stop Ahead,” was still in place, but the stop sign at Highway 21 was lying on the ground, the trooper said.
Renovations are done on the former Hardee’s in Sylvania. The restaurant, called “Rok-N-Robin’z,” opened Monday with a 1950s theme and statue of Elvis and began serving fast-food including Angus beef burgers, chicken fingers and salads.
The restaurant owned by Robin and Diane Potter, who also own R&D’s Seafood Steaks & More on Highway 301, will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Sylvania’s Christmas Extravaganza has 50 vendors signed up – more than ever, and they’ll be selling food ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers to crab stew and fried shrimp.
“There’s never been this many vendors,” said Hilda Boykin, Better Hometown manager. “There’ll be every kind of food you can imagine.”
Streets downtown will be closed Dec. 3 at about 3:30 p.m. and the parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. The parade will circle downtown before ending back at the church. Santa will be the grand marshal.
Antonio Deon Johnson, 32, of Giles Street in Sardis, was arrested Nov. 8 and charged with sexual assault against persons in custody, a felony that carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years in jail.
Johnson began working full-time at the jail on April 30 of this year, said Sheriff Mike Kile. “He was with an inmate,” Kile said. “He admitted he did it. He was arrested, terminated.”
Kile said Johnson had a criminal justice degree but his career in law enforcement is over.
Everrett Prostrollo probably at this point knows more about the process of moving than practically anyone.
Prostrollo served as the park ranger for the Boy Scouts of America camp at Blue Heron in Riceboro before it closed, giving way to a 382-acres wooded piece of property with a 45-acre lake in Screven County now known as the Black Creek Camp Reservation.
He not only moved his own family – consisting of his spouse and two daughters – but he also had to relocate the essentials of Blue Heron’s camp to the new local camp just off Poor Robin Road and Highway 21.