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Local news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

It’s Thanksgiving so it’s time to think about Christmas

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m.
The Candy Land Christmas parade will start the festival at 3 p.m. in downtown Sylvania.
The Extravaganza will offer a variety of activities like a live nativity, petting zoo, carriage rides, Victorian carolers, mechanical bull, bounce houses, amusement rides, nativity hay ride, pictures with Santa, craft booths, food vendors and more will be on hand.

Come run with us & Rudolph Dec. 2

A “Run Run Rudolph” 10K, 5K and children’s Dasher Dash will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, on the same of this year’s Christmas Extravaganza downtown Sylvania event.
The morning run will benefit the United Way of Screven County. The fee for the 10K is $40; 5K $30 and Dasher Dash $15. To register online through Active online, go to
United Way board members and volunteers urge individuals to participate it the first-ever Run, Run Rudolph, which has a 5K, 10K or 1/2 Mile Dasher Dash.

Gamechangers like Bacon to present ideas to Milledgeville

For the last five months, 50 of Georgia’s brightest young professionals have researched Milledgeville’s history, met with community leaders, toured campuses and neighborhoods, interviewed retirees, and re-imagined downtown in their quest to come up with big ideas and innovative solutions to some of the area’s most persistent challenges.
Dorie Bacon, the executive director of the Screven County Development Authority, is among the group of professionals.

County commission meeting times to change

The Screven County Commissioners currently meet regularly once a month on the second Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the board room in the county courthouse.
Agreeing with a request from the community that was presented by Commissioner J.C. Warren on Nov. , the board in the new year will alternate its meetings between morning and evening to afford citizens an opportunity to attend.
In January, the meeting will remain in the morning.
In February, the meeting will be in the evening on the second Tuesday at a time that has not been determined.

Chamber encourages shoppers to buy locally Saturday, get extra benefits

The Screven County Chamber of Commerce urges those in the community to put your money where their heart is on Saturday, Nov. 25, for “Shop Small Saturday.”  
On Saturday, local merchants and businesses throughout Screven County are encouraged to offer discounts, free gifts and much more.  
Purchase a minimum of $10 at one of the “small town business”  Chamber members and those customers will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 chamber gift certificate good anywhere in Screven County.
The drawing will be via Facebook Live, on Wednesday,Nov. 29, at 10 a.m.

Coaching legend Scott passes

Given the appropriate nickname “Great Scott” by a former Screven County High School football coach, Coach Harold Lee Scott passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19, at home surrounded by his family.  
A statewide basketball coaching legend, for two generations in places like Nahunta, Canton, Savannah, and Sylvania he was “Mr. Basketball.”  

Run Run Rudolph & Christmas Extravaganza Dec. 2

A “Run Run Rudolph” 10K, 5K and children’s Dasher Dash will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, in the morning before the Christmas Extravaganza event as downtown in Sylvania will be buzzing with excitement.
The morning run will benefit the United Way of Screven County.
The fee for the 10K is $35; 5K $25 and Dasher Dash $15, but each of those prices will go up by $5 after Friday, Nov. 17. On Nov. 18, it will be $40, $30 and $20.
To register through Active online, go to

Shredding event at Queensborough Nov. 17

In celebration of America Recycles Day 2017, Keep Screven Beautiful and Queensborough NB&T will host its third annual shredding event.  
This event will take place Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Queensborough NB&T at the Sylvania location, on 301 Mims Road.
KSB and Queensborough Bank, joins thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

Low turnout elects our leaders

The Sylvania City Council will have two new members on its board when January arrives as only 193 of 1,547 registered voters in the city cast ballots in the race Tuesday.
Staying on city council will be Tripp Sheppard, who currently serves as the mayor pro tem. Also earning enough votes to become council members were political newcomers Eddie Lovett and Craig Lariscy.
Incumbent Clint Williams came in fourth in the election as just the top three voter-getters will serve in 2018.
Lovett had 170; Sheppard 137; Lariscy 116; and Williams 100.

Run Run Rudolph, Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 2

A “Run Run Rudolph” 10K, 5K and children’s Dasher Dash will be held on Dec. 2 hours before the Christmas Extravaganza event will be busy downtown in Sylvania on that Saturday.
The morning run will benefit the United Way of Screven County. The fee for the 10K is $35; 5K $25 and Dasher Dash $15, but those prices will go up by $5 as the event gets closer.
Sponsors for the event are still being gathered. If you would like to be a sponsor of the event, contact the United Way office at 564-5770 for more information.

16-year-old charged in shooting

A 16-year-old male has been charged by the Screven County Sheriff’s Office with aggravated assault in connection with a Nov. 4 shooting incident on Ridge Circle.
The juvenile reportedly will be tried as an adult for the crime.
The victim was shot in the leg and transported to the hospital.
The whole incident reportedly began over a Facebook page posting.
When multiple law enforcement agencies arrived on the scene, the suspect had fled on foot.
Law enforcement surrounded the area and apprehended the juvenile.

Current, future Sylvania police, fire to earn more

To become more competitive with other law enforcement and fire department agencies in the area, the city of Sylvania has increased the pay for those currently employed with the system and for future employees.
Public Safety Director Gary Weaver and City Manager Stacy Mathis reviewed the pay scale of others in the county and outside in order to make the department more competitive during the hiring process.
Weaver said employees have left the department over the years for more money at other agencies.

County accepting applications for manager

The Screven County Board of Commissioners are looking for the right person to be the next county manager.
The board has position advertisements running on governmental websites and this week an advertisement is published in the Sylvania Telephone.
In September, county manager Rick Jordan confirmed that he is looking at retirement in the coming months.
No definite timeline has been given by Jordan, but his announcement afforded the commission the opportunity to begin the placement of advertisements for the position.

'Zeus' no longer on loose

The canine that has been missing since a Sept. 29 that tragically resulted in the death of a 6-year-old Screven County Elementary School first grader has been found and returned to its owner.
The dog known as “Zeus” is a service dog that went missing when the dog’s owner collided into the vehicle at the intersection of Poor Robin Road and Highway 21.
The dog’s owner lives in Hilton Head, S.C., and has been traveling back to Screven County help look for the pet.

$10,000 reward offered for help leading to arrest in death, arson

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the death of Lisa Scott and arson of her residence on Statesboro Highway.
Law enforcement have been stopping vehicles near the residence to ask motorists if they saw anything suspicious on Oct. 24.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Screven County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case at 5749 Statesboro Highway.

Boyds honored at Farm Bureau banquet

State Representative and House Majority Leader Jon Burns presented Ben and Julie Anna Boyd a resolution that had been read on the House floor earlier this year in honor of the couple being named for the 2017 National Outstanding Young Farmer Award.
Ben Boyd accepted the award from Burns on Oct. 24 as his spouse was en route to Indianapolis with members of the Screven County High School chapter of the FFA.

Election day for trio of municipalities Nov. 7

The opportunity to vote early for three Screven County municipalities will end on Friday, Nov. 3, but the actual 12 hours to cast a ballot on election day will be on Nov. 7.
From the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Hiltonia, Rocky Ford and Sylvania, the polls will be open for registered voters.
Advanced voting has been conducted at the Screven County Courthouse in the registrar’s office from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Death of woman in fire being investigated as homicide

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Screven County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a woman found Tuesday during a house fire on U.S. Hwy 301 in the Cooperville community.
Officials say on Tuesday at approximately 12:27 p.m., a 911 call was received in reference to a house fire at 5749 Statesboro Highway in Sylvania.
Screven County Fire Department crews and Screven County deputies responded.
Upon entry into the structure, firefighters discovered a female victim inside the residence.

Local FFA members to be recognized in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS- When the lights are dimmed and a hush descends upon an audience of more that 54,000 at the nation’s largest annual student convention Oct. 25 through Oct. 28, in Bakers Life Fieldhouse, Wilson Boyd will share the spotlight with other FFA Members as he is recognized as a FFA National Proficiency Finalist.
Boyd was selected as a Finalist in the FFA National Proficiency Award program in the area of Fiber and Oil Crop Production.

‘Bustin’ For Bragg’ fundraiser on Oct. 28

A “Bustin’ For Bragg” benefit shoot is scheduled for Mark Bragg at BayGall Sporting Clays on Saturday, Oct. 28. It will be European rotation as the event begins at 9 a.m and will end at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $100 for adults and $75 for those 17 and under. Lunch of either barbecue sandwiches or hamburgers is included with the entry fee. Each shooter will be eligible for prizes from multiple drawings. Longbird Competition is $10 (10 targets). The winner of the Longbird takes 50 percent of Longbird proceeds.


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