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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Schools will be uniform with new dress code policy

The county’s school board has made its decision for a change.
Now through December the board will finalize the parameters of the system-wide switch to a school uniform policy in 2010-2011.
The discussions between school stakeholders, board members and administrators over the weeks until the scheduled Dec. 14 monthly meeting are expected to involve such items as clothes color schemes and length of girls’ skirts, if that is adopted an acceptable piece of the mandatory apparel.

Community to help keep rivers alive this weekend

Grab a friend and head to Brannen’s Bridges on Saturday to help with the third annual Rivers Alive cleanup of the area’s waterways.

It’s a chance to spend some time outdoors while doing a good deed and enjoying a nice picnic. From 150 people to 200 people are expected to attend the event that starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m.

Police charge local man with child molestation

A 50-year-old Sylvania man has been charged with child molestation.
Richard Cordell, of Sylvan Place, was arrested on Sept. 18 and accused in a case involving a 4-year-old girl, said Sylvania Police Lt. Tony Taylor.
Cordell has worked for many years in maintenance at Timken and has been a youth sports coach at the county’s recreation department. Taylor said the case began because of a report from the child’s family. He said the investigation continues.

Offering a Sample of our life & putting on a Show

“One of the best ever” is a comment that was heard repeatedly at the annual Sylvania sampler arts and crafts festival, which was held Saturday for the 29th year in a row. It’s hard to tell just how many people visited the more than 60 booths that were set up on the courthouse grounds, eating food, enjoying music and taking part in the dog show.
But the weather was nice and the crowds were big.

So what will the school attire be?

The Board of Education approved a plan Monday evening that would transform the current student dress code into one of school uniforms for pupils in prekindergarten to 12th grade in 2010-2011.

The school board has not confirmed the specifics of the uniforms as administration, board members and local stakeholders will review and formulate a policy that is expected to be complete by the Dec. 14 meeting.

SCHS yearbook one of the best of the year

Heroes in the comic book genre obtain their super-human powers through a variety of extreme circumstances.
It could be the bite of a spider. It could be being born to parents from another planet. It could be from a dose of chemicals.
At Screven County High School, however, heroes are molded mentally through academic students, physically through health and fitness, and creatively through the arts.

County plugs park sale at Blue Springs for now

A park that inspires fond memories for many Screven County residents got a reprieve Tuesday, but it may only be temporary.
County commissioners agreed unanimously to postpone the sale of Blue Springs Park for 90 days so neighbors can try to figure out a way to save it.
The 3.5-acre park that’s near the Savannah River, off Highway 24 in the Newington area, has tall trees dripping with Spanish moss that shade picnic tables. It also has what’s left of the swimming hole that was the center of activity up until about 20 years ago, when the springs stopped flowing.

Neighbors must step up for others

It is amazing how a pledged donation can improve a person’s life.
“We have more volunteers and generate more hours in Screven County than the other eight,” said Margie Peavy of the Senior Companion Program, one of the 22 agencies supported by the United Way of Screven County.
Peavy said the oldest program volunteer is 102 years old and the youngest is 60.
“This service has been a Godsend,” she said.
Being grant-funded, the companion program must raise 10 percent from local dollars and the United Way assists with that.

2009 Screven County Farm Tour coming Sept. 15

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce, Screven County Extension Service and the Screven County Young Farmers are sponsoring the Screven County Farm Tour Sept. 15.
The tour organizers are Ray Hicks, County Extension Coordinator, Screven County Extension Service and John Mark Counts, Regional Vice President, Ag South Farm Credit and Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Chairman. The tour includes the following topics: Silage and Feed Alternatives, Cotton Varity Trial, Pesticide Container Disposal, Farm Programs, and Pasture Weed Identification and Control.

Ogeechee Road work scheduled

Work is scheduled to begin today to resurface 12.2 miles of Ogeechee Road in Screven County, from Waters Station Road to the bridges at the Bulloch County line.
 The work is expected to take about 10 days. Residents may want to take alternate routes if they can. Otherwise, they can expect traffic delays, said Vernon Edenfield, public works director.


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