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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Community unites to save welcome center

The state legislative session has ended, but the struggle to save the visitor information center on Highway 301 continues.
Gov. Sonny Perdue wanted to close the Screven County center and fire its two employees for an annual savings of $139,400. But in the legislative session that ended Friday, state lawmakers restored $100,000 in the budget to operate the center and proposed a way to make up the additional $39,400.

Victory for Victoria Bohannon, the new festival queen

With the rain peppering down outside, the reign of a victorious Victoria Bohannon began the night of March 28 inside the high school auditorium.
Bohannon, who used pose and pageant experience to claim the title of Miss Screven County Livestock Festival, will grace Saturday’s downtown Sylvania parade along with the seven other pageant contestants.

Hop on your bikes -- Poker Run this Sunday

Within less than a month, the county’s version of Relay For Life will begin its 12 hours of remembrance for those stricken with cancer.
And lots of opportunities are on the schedule to help the community reach this year’s goal of $75,000.
With more than $20,000 collected thus far, a poker run, starting at Walls Diner, is set for Sunday afternoon. A “Music-A-Rama” is set for April 11 at the Sylvania Amphitheatre.
The “Survivors Dinner” is April 14 and the Relay For Life Pageant is April 25.

Pageant with a 'twist'

Eight girls ranging in age from 14 to 18 are competing for the title of Livestock Festival queen this year, in a pageant with the 1960s theme “Cowgirls’ Twist.”
The contest will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at the Screven County High School. Tickets are $5 in advance and are for sale at the Bank of Newington, Donna’s Bakery and Wall’s Diner. At the door, they will cost $8.


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