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Enoch Autry

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.”  

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.

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.

UPDATED: SCHS game with Washington County moved to Friday night

And the wheels keep on turning as it pertains to Screven County's first state football playoff game of 2017.

The Screven County Gamecocks, the Region 4AA champions and a No. 1 seed now will face Washington County, the No. 4 seed from Region 3AA, on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. instead of the previously announced Saturday date in the first round of the GHSA state football playoffs at Kelly Memorial Stadium in Sylvania.

The day of the SCHS game was changed from Saturday, Nov. 11, to Friday, Nov. 10, on Tuesday morning.

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.

Fish fry provides political insight

While there’s a strong possibly that the aroma of fried fish; gracious supply of grits; sweet cole slaw; and devine chocolate delight may coax them to the spot tucked away just off Highway 301 in the woods, candidates for statewide offices attend the annual 12th Congressional District out of tradition and support for the event’s organizers.

Monument unveiled to honor WWI Otranto sinking

A monument to commemorate the Otranto sinking during World War I was unveiled on Oct. 6 to pay respects to the casualties and survivors of Screven County.
Before hundreds who gathered in downtown Sylvania for the event, the names of the survivors and those gave their lives were read. When the names were called, any family members in attendance stood from their seats or waved their hand to honor their relative.
The sinking of the vessel came when it accidently collided with another liner during an intense storm at sea.

Voters to decide on e-commerce via referendum

The Screven County commissioners voted to have a referendum on the November ballot for e-commerce.
The referendum was proposed to the board by Screven County Development Authority Executive Director Dorie Bacon.
If passed by the voters, the e-commerce does not cover any existing busiesses in the county. It rather is for potential businesses to locate in the county.
The Freeport would exempt the inventory of businesses like Amazon.

REACHing out

Five eighth grade students at Screven County Middle School signed an agreement on Tuesday morning that is expected to hold great future opportunities for them.
With their family present as community leaders watched intently, the five signed the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Scholarship Program paperwork that afforded them the chance to earn tens of thousands of dollars toward a postsecondary education.

Grand jury indicts 22

Twenty-two were indicted in Screven County Superior Court on Oct. 2 by the grand jury in front of presiding judge F. Gates Peed.
Among those cases heard by the grand jury, James Allen Ponder on indicted on multiple offenses in two separate cases.
In the first case, Ponder was indicted on unlawful or any person to purchase, possess, or have under his control any controlled substance; purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of marijuana; possession of drug-related object; and possession legal when drugs in original container.

ELK on its way

Sylvania has a distribution center with potential for growth.
A grand opening on Thursday offered the local community and dignitaries statewide see first-hand the work that has been completed at the ELK Group International facility in the former Sylvania Yarn Systems plant.
When SYS closed its doors at the end of 2009, the older facility sat vacant and became considered a relic to the past.

Oct.12 an evening for good eating & food for thought

The 20th Annual Screven County 12th Congressional District Fish Fry will be today, Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Pathway Center, located three miles south of Sylvania, off U.S. Highway 301.   
The cost of the meal is $10 per person, which will  include a ticket for door prizes.
Candidates for Georgia governor, lt. governor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner are scheduled to attend along with state representatives, and other elected officials.
Congressman Rick Allen’s wife Robin will represent U.S. Rep. Allen, who is in session in Washington, D.C.

First grader dies in Hwy. 21 crash

A 6-year-old Screven County Elementary School first grader died on Sept. 29 from injuries sustained in a crash at the intersection of Poor Robin Road and Highway 21.
A Go Fund Me account has been established to help pay for funeral expenses for Sakiri Arielle Williams.
The account can be found at
As of the press time for the Sylvania Telephone on Wednesday, more than $2,000 of the $6,000 in funeral expenses had been raised.

Our 'Face' of Manufacturing

Torrington, Timken and now Koyo have been facets of manufacturing in Screven County for 40 years.

And now a veteran employee of Koyo is the “face” of local and statewide manufacturing.

The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership officially named Bobby Jones a “2017 Faces of Manufacturing Award” recipient Wednesday morning at the Sylvania bearing plant in front of fellow Koyo employees.


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