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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Couple with Newington ties in apparent murder-suicide

Four children from Newington were staying with their grandparents in Newington when their parents died in an apparent murder-suicide last week in Florida.

Renada Lucas, 28, was divorcing Ronniel Lonol, 37, and had recently moved from Newington, where she worked for Comcast cable, to the Vero Beach, Fla., area to start a new life, said Anthony Civita, an Indian River County sheriff’s detective.

Of historical Value -- Battle of Brier Creek remembered 230 years later

About 300 people braved temperatures in the 30s Tuesday to attend a memorial marking the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Brier Creek.

Nine men dressed in Revolutionary War garb carried flags, fired muskets and presented wreaths to remember the 150 American Patriots and five British soldiers who died in the battle. The soldiers are believed to be buried somewhere near the site where the memorial service was held, in the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area, about 13 miles from downtown Sylvania.

Woman receives $40,500 water/sewer bil from city

Two digits transposed by a meter reader caused a Sylvania resident to get a water and sewer bill for more than $40,000.

Lisa Kirkland said she was stunned when she read the bill for the house she shares with her mother and two other people on Abram Street. “The house isn’t worth that much,” Kirkland said. “I don’t make that much in a year.”

She said she filled a kiddie swimming pool a few times, but that was last summer.

Martin: 'I'm in the race;' former DA seeks DOT seat

A former district attorney who resides in Sylvania has announced his candidacy for a vacant DOT board seat.
The election is scheduled for today, Feb. 19, in Atlanta.
Joe Martin, who was Ogeechee Circuit District Attorney for more than 10 years, made the rounds at the Capitol Thursday. “I’m in the race,” he said.
Martin is seeking the 12th District post being vacated by Raybon Anderson, who abruptly resigned a week or so ago, expressing the desire to spend more time with his family.
Martin said he is concerned for all of Georgia.

Meth lab seized, local charged

A local man has been charged with possession of meth and trafficking the drug after he was apprehended early Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Marty Martinez and Cpl. Ken Kelley received information on Wednesday at approximately 1 a.m.,  from a concerned citizen of a suspicious vehicle on Sassertown Road near the Woodcliff community. 


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