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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Sylvania city council votes to take court action against Screven County

The Sylvania city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to file a legal petition against Screven County for the negotiation and litigation of the Georgia Service Delivery Strategy Act.

As for the county commission, Screven County continues to proceed with its three newly created special service districts with the projection of the county’s municipalities –other than Sylvania – being in possession of copies of intergovernmental agreements for signing by the beginning of March.

2 commissioners will not seek re-election

Two of the three Screven County Commissioners whose seats are up for re-election have announced they will not seek another term.

With the qualifying period to begin the first full week in March, now Roland Stubbs, who represents District 7, and District 1’s Gregg Ellison have informed the Sylvania Telephone their names will not be on the ballot.

.50-caliber round found inside a house wall

A Screven County resident got quite a shock as he was remodeling a house.
The man was working on the residence on Oak Street in Sylvania on Feb. 19 when he noticed something he believed to be an explosive device in the wall.
Upon investigation by the Sylvania Police Department, there was a live 50-caliber round found to be in poor condition in the wall, according to the report.
The round was secured and transported to the police department.
The Richmond County Bomb Squad was notified and the round was turned over to them. The bomb squad destroyed the round.

Boy, 15, arrested for gun

An afternoon incident within just yards of Screven County High School property that involved male suspects showing gang signs to passing school buses led to the arrest of a 15-year-old for possession of a loaded handgun.

On Feb. 12 at 3:17 p.m. while Sylvania police officers were doing school traffic at the intersection of South Main Street and Halcyondale Road, a group of approximately six of young males walked across the street from the South Main Street convenience store In & Out over to the corner of Cail Steet.

Honoring teaching excellence

The school system of Screven County is filled with teachers who on a daily basis display intriguing ways to get the attention of students and keep that interest level high.

In an annual vote, each of the three schools’ teachers in the Screven County system voted on their peers for the respective schools’ teacher of the year. Then a panel of out-of-town judges chose the system’s teacher of the year.

Revolutionary War Battle of Brier Creek memorial set for March 3 anniversary

March 3, 2018, will be the date of an unveiling of historical proportions for Screven County, the state of Georgia, and the entire nation as the public will receive its first glimpse at the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brier Creek memorial.

Ever since July 2017 with the backing of $250,000 in funding from the state, officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resource have taken the lead in the creation of the memorial located on the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area property. The memorial can be accessed on walking and motorized tours.

Third special district approved

The Screven County Commission unanimously approved a third special service district Tuesday night to ready itself to meet with muncipality representatives about signing up for new agreements.
The third district completes the commission’s changes that stem from the City of Sylvania’s request for revisions to the current Special Delivery Strategy.
The city has considered possibly signing a legal petition against the county over a perceived discrepancy with the current strategy.

Annual county legislative forum/breakfast turns into a 12th District political debate

The annual Screven County Eggs ‘N Issues breakfast forum became more of a political forum at its conclusion when current U.S. Rep. Rick Allen was verbally confronted by Francys Johnson, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 12th District seat.
After Osal Evans, the Screven County Republican Party chair, thanked Allen for the congressman’s service, Johnson asked Allen why he has not been more visible in the county.
“I am from Screven County and I hope this is your last term in office,” Johnson said.

Man holds chruch burglars at gunpoint

A local church member held seven males -- three adults and four juveniles -- at gunpoint when the church member found the group staying inside the church without permission.
Terriyaun Prescott of 108 Ridge Connector; Dy’Quiez Barnes of 115 Grove Street; and Kevonte Keith of Old River Road were each charged with contributing to the deliquency of minor and burglary-no forced entry-non residence.
On Feb. 13, law enforcement received a report that a church member had individuals “hemmed up” inside Abundant Trust Ministry.

Blessing of the Crops Feb. 22

It is that time of year for the farmers to begin planting their crops for the new season. Screven County Farm Bureau and Screven County Extension Services will hold a Blessing of the Crops, Thursday, Feb. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Screven County Extension office. Dan Rahn will be the speaker.
Everyone is invited to attend.


City in ‘wait-and-see’ mode with county

The Sylvania City Council made a decision Tuesday night and that decision is to wait.
The council members chose not to vote after their Feb. 6 executive session for “potential litigation” on whether to sign a legal petition against the county over a perceived discrepancy with the current Special Delivery Strategy.
The council’s regularly scheduled came six days after the city’s announced Jan. 31 “deadline,” which was initiated by the city but was not agreed upon by county officials.

Suspect dies in Hiltonia police chase

An investigation continues into the fatal crash of a suspect involved in a Feb. 5 pursuit with a Hiltonia Police Department officer.
Just before 9 p.m. on Monday, a vehicle pursuit was reported to the Georgia State Patrol by the Hiltonia police. The pursuit reportedly headed south on State Route 73 toward Sylvania.
At approximately 9:09 p.m. that evening, Trooper Russell Waters reportedly was made aware that the fleeing vehicle had crashed on State Route 73 near North Main Street.

Eggs ‘N Issues Saturday

Screven County Farm Bureau will sponsor an Eggs ‘N Issues breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Screven County Extension Office.
The breakfast will be served by the Screven County 4-H Project S.A.F.E. team.
State Sen. Jesse Stone and State Rep. Jon Burns will be present to discuss issues. Also, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Congressman Rick Allen will have a field representative in attendance.

Alcohol decisions on tap for Sylvania city council

The Sylvania City Council took action on two alcohol-related items Tuesday evening during its regularly scheduled meeting.
The council approved the alcohol license for Rite Aid under its new company of Walgreen Co. Rite Aid already had a license to sell alcohol, but with new ownership the business had to reapply.
No one commented on the proposed alcohol license during the public hearing.
The council vote was 4-1 with Ben Mercer voting against the measure. Council member Joe Cleland was not in attendance.

More leads sought in hit-and-run fatality

The Georgia State Patrol has investigated the few tips the local Post has received for a case of a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old female pedestrian, but as of Tuesday none of those potential leads have gotten authorities any closer to identifying a suspect.
Carli Drew Ridings, of 152 Dry Branch Road, was pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 301/State Route 73 after Ridings reportedly was struck by an unknown vehicle at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27.

County misses city’s deadline

Wednesday’s Jan. 31 City of Sylvania deadline for Screven County has come and gone.
Now city officials must decide whether to pursue a legal petition against the county.
For months, the two governing bodies have been at odds over the Special Delivery Strategy.
The “deadline” was initiated by the city and was not agreed upon by county officials.

United Way's 'Paint the Town Blue' raising funds

On Friday, Feb. 2, General Beauregard Lee the South’s weather-forecasting groundhog who resides in Jackson, Ga., will predict if there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. However, in Screven County Friday citizens will know the forecast is “blue” -- United Way blue to be exact. Nearly 650 “Paint the Town Blue” T-shirts have been sold as a fundraiser for the local United Way. In the above photo, the Screven County Gamecock is flanked by the United Way “Blue Man” and United Way executive director Lorie Autry as each models this year’s shirt.

Suspect still sought in deadly hit-and-run

The search continues for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 23-year-old woman that her family says enjoyed dancing, days on the water, and time spent with her daughter and siblings.
Carli Drew Ridings, of 152 Dry Branch Road, was pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 301/State Route 73 by Screven County Coroner James Strickland after Ridings, a pedestrian, reportedly was struck by an unknown vehicle at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Livestock Festival schedule quite different this year

The event schedule for the 67th annual Screven County Livestock Festival will get an early start this year, but still finish during its traditional first week of April for the schools’ Spring Break.
Traditionally, the pageant is held in the latter part of March and followed a week later by the parade. Then three days later the trio of nights for youth exhibiting livestock will be held at the agricultural center.
While the parade and shows will remain true to form, the pageant date does not.


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