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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.
Countless communities have history, but few have what Screven County has or eventually could have.
And nothing says “Independence Day” quite like an actual battle that led to our nation gaining its independence from the British.
In June, officials from the Department of Natural Resources met with local individuals who have remained very knowledgeable about the Revolutionary War Battle of Brier Creek that was fought on the soil of what is today the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area.
A Savannah man will pioneer a bicycle route along Georgia’s Revolutionary War Trail to celebrate American independence.
With Screven County being one of his destinations, William Bailey will leave from Richard Russell State Park near Elberton, Ga., today, July 2, and plans to arrive in St. Simon’s Island July 6.
Bailey will visit sites at Richard Russell, Nancy Hart, and Elijah Clark State Parks, Kettle Creek Battlefield, and Augusta, on his way to the Brier Creek Battlefield at the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area near Sylvania.
A Sylvania man has been arrested on charges of molestation of a child under the age of 10.
Following an investigation by the Screven County Sheriff’s Office, Jimmy Lee Price, 53, of Beaver Dam Road, Sylvania, was arrested and charged on June 24 with rape, aggravated child molestation, and aggravated sodomy.
Price currently is being held at the Screven County Jail without bond, awaiting court proceedings.
The victim in the case, which included acts of forced sexual intercourse and sodomy, was a female child under the age of 10.
The Sylvania City Council approved a a contract with a business to handle the improvements to the city’s sewer system during a Monday morning called council meeting.
The motion to enter into a contract with Shockley Plumbing, Inc., was made and passed by the council. The city will pay Shockley $369,406 for 2014 Sylvania Community Development Block Grant sewer rehabilitation.
The sewer lines on Cail, Thompson, Randall, Heirs, South Elm, North Elm, Lee and Davis Streets will be the focus of the rehabilitation.
Last year changes were made to reduce the number of parents walking their children to classrooms in the morning at Screven County Elementary School.
When the 2015-2016 school year begins on Aug. 3, another policy change will occur and it does involve walking.
If an elementary school student arrives after 8:05 a.m. on a school day, then the parent or guardian must walk into the school and check that student in for the day.
The approval of the Screven County/City of Sylvania Fire Department contract is nearly a done deal following Tuesday’s city council meeting. The contract is set to last for 50 years pending that City Manager Stacy Mathis and City Attorney Hugh Hunter accept the proof of insurance for the contract. The council members approved the contract pending the insurance review.
We knew it was coming and summer South Georgia heat has made its blistering appearance in Screven County.
With temperatures hitting 100 degrees Fahrenheit and still climbing since the start of the week, everyone is urged to drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated. Unless it is necessary, it is wise to minimize your time in the blazing sun, especially during the peak temperature hours daily after noon.
With the state providing fewer dollars toward public schooling in the state of Georgia, Screven County school board members are in considerations on raising the millage rate to offset the funding shortages.
The BOE currently is looking at a 2 mill increase which would afford the system to ability to maintain its current programs and personnel.
While other school systems in the past years have raised taxes, Screven County has not, but now, officials say, looks to be a necessity.
Local school systems statewide are having to fund more and more.
A Statesboro man who escaped and fled from Screven County authorities June 11 was apprehended early Saturday morning along with two other individuals.
William Anthony Taylor, 28, of Lee Street in Statesboro, was caught after an extensive two-day search.
Authorities say they attempted to serve a warrant for parole violation related to methamphetamine-related crimes. Taylor fled after being identified and stayed missing until the early morning on Saturday when he was found.
The lawsuit filed last week alleges the police officer who fatally shot D’Wayne Burke in June 2013 did so with malice.
On March 3, 1779, the Battle of Brier Creek was waged during the Revolutionary War on Screven County soil and wetlands on land that is now occupied by the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area.
According to journal records kept from the time the Patriots and British were in the area, it is believed that 150 soldiers perished in battle. Some died in combat while others perished in the waterways.
For decades, the local community has held a memorial at approximately the location where the battle and camps were established in the 1700s.
A resident of Sylvan Heights is accused of intentionally running over neighborhood geese, turning his vehicle around to drive over the animals again, and then striking at one waterfowl with a yard tool believed to be a shovel. Robert Reno, of 217 North Lake Drive, was charged with felony animal cruelty on June 3. Eye witnesses at the scene of the incident where geese are known to congregate reported to the Sylvania Police Department that Reno drove his truck through a group of geese that were crossing the road near his residence.
Diane Potter, the mother of a former Sardis police officer, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit for more than $1 million in compensation for the 2013 death of her son.
According to the lawsuit that was filed Tuesday, Potter claims Sardis police officer Mark Cates used unnecessary force on former officer D’Wayne Burke during a reportedly burglary at the Sardis Police Department resulting in his death.
The lawsuit states that when Cates returned to the police department on the morning of June 10, 2013, he noticed the door had been kicked in to the department’s evidence room.
A man was arrested in Aiken, S.C., in connection with an incident that occurred last year at a car dealership in Screven County.
Lavar Tirie Delee was apprehended by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on June 1. Delee was charged with three counts of theft by taking (motor vehicle) as well as one count of burglary. Delee was allegedly involved in the theft of three pickup trucks from the Sylvania Ford Dealership last October.
Dorie Bacon, Executive Director of Screven County Development Authority, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.
The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on June 6 and 7 in Madison at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. With 10