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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Shoot clays & then listen to local talent

Saturday will be a big day for raising money toward this year’s local Relay For Life goal as a clay shoot will be held during the day and locals take the stage during the evening for the Grand Ole Opry.
The clay shoot will be at Bay Gall Sporting Clays in Garfield, while the Screven County-style opry will be at the SCHS.
The Grand Ole Opry Screven Style fundraiser will be Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. A $5 donation is requested as the money raised benefits the Amercan Cancer Society. The event is sponsored by the Relay For Life Planning Committee.

Sheppard tapped ‘Water Conservationist of the Year’

The Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District hosted the 59th Annual Awards Banquet to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to soil and water conservation.
Watson Lindy Sheppard Jr. has been named the Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District “Conservationist of the Year for Screven County.”

Relay events in full swing

The following are the events that are coming up for this year’s Relay For Life event.
A skeet shoot will be March 13 at Bay Gall Sporting Clays in Garfield. For more information, call (912) 865-2529.
The Grand Ole Opry event will be later that day at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Walls Diner will have its annual Relay luncheon March 21 at the restaurant on Mims Road.
The Relay For Life Pageant will be April 10, also in the SCHS auditorium.
The Survivors Dinner will be April 13 at the Cail Community Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

How about a Plant Vogtle job?

Want a job helping build the two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle? The pay ranges from $9 to $23 an hour, and they’re looking for people with and without construction experience.
Getting a job at a nuclear power plant is a little more involved than your average job. Applicants must pass the Work Ready skills assessment test and must take a training course and earn credentials before they can be hired.

Screven trio nominated for Governor’s Honors program

Screven County High School has its share of intelligent students who walk the hallways.
Those pupils can be found inside advance placement classrooms and consistently on honor rolls.
To be nominated by one of your teachers for the six-week summer Governor’s Honors program that is held at Valdosta State University certainly is one giant step above.

Extension office seeks immediate local assistance

The University of Georgia’s share of the $300 million in cuts sought by the Board of Regents is $58.9 million to handle the state’s economic downfall.
Of that $58.9 million, drastic cuts are labeled for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, particularly in the cooperative extension budget. The proposal includes $11.66 million in cuts to cooperative extension.
Those cuts would force the close down extension offices like the on one in Screven County and virtually eliminate 4-H programs statewide.

Blast from the past

This year’s annual observance of the Battle of Brier Creek had a favor of more than just the past.
Local officials and historians of battles that are now hundreds of years old talked about the future of the location of Screven County’s Revoluntary War battle at the Tuckahoe Management Area.
“We hope you will join us in making the Revoluntionary Trail of battles,” said Bill Ramsaur of the Sons of the American Revolution Feb. 27. “We want the Battle of Brier Creek to be a part of it.”

Barrow comes to Sylvania

Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) will host “Congress on the Corner” in Jenkins, Bulloch, Screven, and Candler counties Saturday, Feb. 27.
“Congress on the Corner” is an opportunity for citizens to meet one-on-one with
Congressman Barrow and to talk about what’s going on in Washington.
Barrow and his staff will be available to help anyone with problems they may be
having with a government agency, such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare,
or the Veterans Administration.

Screven County 'Work Ready' now

A last-minute plea for people to take a four-hour test before the end of the year worked, enabling Screven County to earn status as a “Work Ready” community.
Screven is among 36 counties to earn the designation, part of a state program meant to help workers market themselves and to show an area has an able workforce.
More than 300 workers earned certification in Screven County by taking the test that measures math skills, reading for information and locating information.

Manior now the main man

Former Effingham County Rebel, North Carolina State Wolfpack member and Washington Redskin Greg Manior was named the new head football coach of the Screven County High School Gamecocks last week. 
Having held a similar position at South Effingham High School for the past four seasons, Manior will take over the duties at SCHS as soon as details can be worked out between the two school systems.
Manior, who already has become a regular around the SCHS campus, was unanimously approved by the Screven County Board of Education at a called meeting Feb. 18.

Annual Humane Society Spay Day Tuesday

Tuesday is Spay Day, and Friends of Screven County Animals is celebrating by having a drawing for a $30 gift certificate to Donna’s Bakery.
Tickets are $1 and can be purchased from the following Friends’ members: Joy Evans, Darryl deGroat, Marti Kent, Kathryn Youles, Margaret Evans and Claudette Johnson. Proceeds will help spay and neuter Screven County animals.
The drawing will be at Donna’s Bakery at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

There's snow place like Sylvania

The first significant accumulation of snow in Screven County in 37 years saw snowmen dotting the landscape, people of all ages engaging in snowball fights and cameras working overtime.
Utility crews also worked around the clock to trim limbs from power lines and restore power as 4.5 inches of snow fell from about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, through 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.
The last significant accumulation of snow in the county was 8 to 14 inches on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11, 1973, with the amount varying in different parts of the county, the Screven County News reported.

Manior named new SCHS head football coach

The Screven County Board of Education unanimously approved South Effingham High School's Greg Manior as SCHS's new head football coach to succeed Pat Collins.
"I think Greg Manior will be an excellent addition to the Screven County School System," said Screven County superintendent Whit Myers after the BOE's called meeting Thursday afternoon. "I am impressed with Greg as an educator and a person. He will help build a relationship within our community."

School calendar year retooled down 10 days

The cuts of state dollars for public education and the expected additional reductions later this year has forced public school systems statewide to be creative with school calendars.
Screven County also plans to tweak its calendar for the upcoming 2010-2011 year as a way of saving its limited funds.
Monday evening the school board tentatively approved a calendar for next year that knocks off five days at the start of the term and five days off at the conclusion. The school year for students would be 170 days instead of the traditional 180.

Screven County BOE: No uniforms next year

Students will not be required to wear school uniforms in Screven County next year, but the current dress code is expected to have its belt tightened more.
That was the decree announced by the administration at the monthly school board meeting Monday after just five months ago saying a version of a school uniform would be the rule from pre-kindergarten students to high school seniors.
The reason for the change of mind, administrators say, was because of the input received from the community upon the board’s declaration that a uniform format was coming.

‘Don’t quit’-themed banquet

Ronda Rich is a book author. She pens columns for newspapers and she makes about 80 appearances throughout the nation for speaking engagements a year.
But the message Rich had for Screven County Feb. 4 at the annual chamber of commerce banquet was one well-intended for business leaders and citizens the like.
Rich was a working journalist in 1989 when Darrell Waltrip miraculously made the last seven trips around the Daytona 500 oval on just a few drips and fumes of gasoline.

For 25 years, Lawton has been a Screven County commissioner

Dennis Lawton, the first black commissioner in Screven County, is celebrating his 25th anniversary on the board.
Lawton was elected on Feb. 5, 1985, and was sworn in on Feb. 15, 1985, after a federal court order mandated redistricting to increase black representation in local government.
Since then, Lawton has been re-elected to six four-year terms in District 2. He’s had opposition in some of those races, but no one has ever come close to beating him, said Commissioner J.C. Warren, who also is black and is in his 18th year on the commission.

SCHS’s Sheppard encourages Beal’s educational zeal

Laura Beal may be on the shy side, but when it comes to excelling in academic, she certainly is not timid.
Beal is this year’s Screven County High School STAR Student for her high score she registered on the SAT. By the way, Beal also is the Class of 2010’s valedictorian.
SCHS German teacher Jim Sheppard, who Beal selected as her STAR Teacher, said Beal is not going to be the first one to shoot her hand into the air with a “I know the answer” attitude, but Sheppard knows she knows.


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