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‘You’ve never heard of a used car dealer that people loved that much’

Wilton Grooms wasn’t your typical used car dealer.
Grooms spent 36 years selling used cars in Screven County, frequently to people who couldn’t afford to buy a car elsewhere.
The owner of Screven Auto Sales on Highway 301 in Sylvania died Saturday at the age of 69.
The funeral home was packed. The procession to the cemetery was long.
“You’ve never heard of a used car dealer that people loved that much,” said Sheriff Mike Kile, who knew Grooms for decades. “I don’t know what folks will do without him.”

Individuals unite to help reduce the abandonment of puppies, kittens

Some Screven County residents who are fed up with finding puppies and kittens abandoned at dumpsters are banding together to do something about it.
They also want to see conditions improve at the county animal shelter, where one prison inmate and one animal control officer do their best to take care of the 1,500 dogs and cats that come through the open-air facility on Rocky Ford Road each year.

January teacher supplements nixed

Tuesday evening the school board voted to not provide county educators with a January supplement for the 2009-2010 school.
The board then voted to change the supplement policy to allow the members more flexibility on whether supplements will be provided to teachers in the future.
This latitude, board members say, may be benefit during the tough economic times.

80 more layoffs at local Timken plant

The Sylvania Timken plant will have an additional 80 layoffs effective by the end of this month, say company officials.
The dramatic worldwide economic decline is the reason for the layoffs.
Plant manager David Burke declined to comment on the layoffs. He rather referred all questions to Lorrie Paul Crum, the manager of Global Media & Strategic Communications for the Timken Company, headquartered in Canton, Ohio.

Grade 8.5? That's where some students who fail the CRCT may head

If passing the eighth grade’s version of the CRCT wasn’t important enough for a student’s future, it just got even more important.

If a student this school year does not pass a part of the CRCT, that student could become one of a possible 20 to attend “Grade 8.5: -- a midpoint between eighth and ninth grades.

Oliver Post Office rescued

A “misunderstanding” over a lease agreement.

That is the reasoning why the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to close down the post office in the town of Oliver on April 17, only days later to rescind the order because the leaser and the post office had reached a compromise.

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