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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.

Former Screven standout Owens signs to continue baseball career at Georgia Southern

East Georgia State College Bobcat baseball players Tyler Owens and Parker Stahlman have both signed on to four-year schools to continue their baseball careers and their education.
Owens, a right-handed pitcher from Sylvania, came to EGSC from Screven County High School. He will continue his education and baseball career at Georgia Southern University.
Tyler is the son of Timmy Jo and Regina Owens of Sylvania.

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.

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.

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.

Footprints on Sands of Time tix available

Footprints on the Sands of Time V is planned for Nov. 2 at the Sylvania City Cemetery on Ennis Street by the Downtown Development Authority/Classic Main Street of Sylvania.  
This is a living history tour featuring eight people who helped shape our county spanning the time from the 1700s to 2000s.
Tours start at 4 o’clock with a docent conducting each tour. You will learn about symbols on some of the monuments and be introduced to each character.

Little Tykes Trick-or-Treat Business Hour on Halloween

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10-11:30 a.m., continuing a long-time downtown tradition, the Screven County Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development Authority presents the Little Tykes Trick-or-Treat Business Hour. Little princesses, minions, superheroes and more will parade through downtown Sylvania as businesses provided them with treats, candy and goodies. This special trick-or-treat Business Hour is a great time for businesses to give back to the children of their customers.

Smith, former council member, passes

Local business man and former Sylvania City Council Member Benjamin Alexander Smith II, 80, died on October in Sylvania.
Smith was born in Lakeland, Fla., to the late Lilly Faye Cawden and Benjamin Alexander Smith I and served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. Upon his retirement, Smith and his wife resided in Sylvania, where he served eight years as a city councilman and established A. Austin Incorporated which consisted of numerous businesses, most notably Sylvania Antiques.

Successful SCMS softball season ends

Southeast Bulloch Middle School Jackets defeated Screven County 11-3 Tuesday to conclude SCMS’s season, but the score does not show the true story of the game.
Screven County got things started in the first inning, scoring two runs to take the lead. Southeast Bulloch scored one in the bottom half and the Lady Gamecocks were winning 2-1.
In the bottom of the second, SEB pulled away for good with five runs on three errors.
Screven would score in the 4th making the score 7-3 SEB.
Jonna Ward led Screven with one hit in three at bats.

In honor of Otranto crew Oct. 6

A monument to commemorate the Otranto sinking during WWI and to pay homage to the casualties and survivors of Screven County will be dedicated on Friday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. in downtown Sylvania.
In case of inclement weather, the event would be moved inside the Sylvania First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
The sinking of the vessel was detailed in the book “Many Were Held by the Sea” written by R. Neil Scott. A copy of the book is available in the Screven County Library.

Have a Picnic in the Park lunch Sept. 29

When you purchase a ticket for 2017 Picnic in the Park, you will be the proud recipient of an original piece of art that is done by our young artists at Community Christian School and Screven County Elementary. These young artists have decorated all the picnic bags. This Friday, Sept. 29, event hosted by Sylvania’s Downtown Development Authority, will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. from the DDA office. The lunch bag contains a large bar-be-que sandwich, chips, homemade brownie and choice of drink for $7. Many of the bags will contain special treats.

Market on Maple to be open an hour longer on Oct. 5

Heads up! Great news!
If you’ve been missing the Market on Maple because you work later than 5 p.m. organizers are going to try “extended hours” the first Thursday in October -- Oct. 5, 2017.
The market will be open until 7 p.m. (3 to 7 p.m.); our vendors have agreed to stay so you can come shop!! Please spread the word -- please come support the Market on Maple and our vendors who travel, set up, and stay for your convenience!

A sampling of Sylvania’s finest

The Sylvania Sampler Arts & Crafts Festival and Fun Day sponsored by the GFWC Sylvania Junior Woman’s Club enjoyed a sunny Sept. 16 as hundreds came to crafts, foods and listen to live entertainment.
This year the event returned to its traditional name of the Sampler after partnering with the Screven County Chamber of Commerce for Wild About Screven in recent years.
Opening the event, the Screven County High School Marching Gamecock Band performed the national anthem and selections from its halftime football show.

Keep Screven Beautiful’s annual Rivers Alive Sept. 23

Keep Screven Beautiful has signed up for our 11th Annual Rivers Alive and we need your help!
Rivers Alive is a volunteer cleanup that targets waterways in Georgia including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands.  
The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources.
Rivers Alive will be on Saturday, Sept. 23; 9 a.m. until noon.

Prepare now for Hurricane Irma

With Hurricane Irma on an uncertain course and gathering strength in the Atlantic, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging Georgians to prepare now for severe weather, including reviewing their property insurance.
Hudgens recommends that property owners make copies of their insurance policies, obtain insurance company’s phone number; inventory their personal belongings; and keep all of these documents with them should they be forced to leave their homes. Hudgens also reminds property owners and renters of the following tips:


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