2023-01-25 E-Edition

Elderly woman arrested on numerous drug charges

Mattie Reed was arrested on numerous charges when the Sylvania Police Department executed a warrant for the sale/ deliver/distribute/ purchase/possession/ manufacture of Cocaine, Marijuana and Methamphetamine which were in a bedroom at her residence.

The Sylvania Police Department executed a search warrant at a Davis Street residence, Thursday, January 19 at the home of a 70-year-old female. The search warrant was issued for illegal drugs, drug related items, and cash from drug sales that were reported to be inside the residence belonging to Mattie Reed. According to Investigator Norman Royal, “Reed denied knowing of […]

New specialists highlight 2022 renovations for Optim

Last year saw Optim Medical Center-Screven undergo a series of internal and external renovations. For CEO Lagina Evans, these renovations were more than about making the building look nicer; they were personal. “This building is not just a hospital to me,” Evans said. “This was a place I was born; I was born in this hospital. My family has been […]

Lovett vs Thompson election set for June 20th

The election lawsuit involving District 1 has reached a conclusion with Judge Karpf making a final ruling Monday, Jan. 23. The Re-run Election between Incumbent District 1 Screven County Commissioner Edwin Lovett and Candidate Tyler Thompson will take place on June 20, 2023. Both candidates qualified for the November 8, 2022, election. “Only voters who were eligible or should have […]

Local man named Peanut Farmer of the Year

Mr. Lamar Black of Tilmanstone Farms in Jenkins County was awarded the 2023 Georgia Peanut Farmer of the Year for District 3. The award was sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and presented by Mr. Joe Boddiford commission chairman. Lamar has been farming his entire life and is a pioneer in conservation tillage and agriculture sustainability. Lamar is passionate about […]


Changes to Precinct and Polling Places

The Screven County Elections Office does hereby provide notice, as required in O.C.G.A. 21-2-262(a) and 21-2-262(c), of changes of precinct boundaries and polling locations as follows: The Sylvania Courthouse and Screven County Recreation Center polling locations will be combined and relocated to the Cail Community Center, located at 304 Mims Road. Hunter’s Community Center and Green Hill Church Social Hall […]

“Calories, oh no they’re gaining on me”

Greetings neighbors. I hope your New Year’s resolutions are off to a successful start. I know many people are working on improving their health and weight. There are so many pieces of advice, diets, and products out there and it can be difficult to know where to start. However, there is no one size fits all plan or product. We […]

Planters EMC provides opportunities for local students

Now accepting applications for the Washington Youth Tour

Open to high school juniors, Planters EMC is accepting applications for an all-expense-paid spot on the 2023 Washington Youth Tour. The week-long leadership trip offers participants the opportunity to experience our government and history up-close while having fun, making new friends, and gaining leadership skills. Applicants must write a 500-to-1,000-word essay on a provided topic. Three students will be selected […]

Planters EMC looking for applicants to the Walter Harrison Scholarship

A different opportunity is available for high school seniors or current college undergraduate students. Planters EMC is accepting applications for the Walter Harrison Scholarship. The scholarship program is sponsored by electric cooperatives of Georgia. The $1,000 scholarship can be applied to academic expenses at any accredited two or four-year university, college, or vocational-technical institute in Georgia. In 2023, the Walter […]

Get Ready for the season February Week 1

Prune fruit trees Prune apple and pear trees now – but postpone peach pruning until mid-March. Control weeds It’s dangerous to spray glyphosate (Roundup, etc) on bermudagrass, even if you think it is completely dormant. Make sure no green bermuda sprouts are near the soil surface. Check for blooms Look for blooms on your Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis). Few other […]