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12th District Fish Fry to honor retired officers
Annual event near Sylvania reels in GOP candidates

This year’s 12th Congressional District Fish Fry will be held Oct. 18 at the Pathway Center, off U.S. Highway 301 four miles south of Sylvania. Organizers have added a salute to retired law enforcement officers to the gathering, which always draws elected officials and candidates.

2018 is the 21st year for the event that was previously the 12th District GOP Fish Fry. But Osal Evans, event host and operator of the Pathway Center, is no longer an officer of the Screven County Republican Party and said it is no longer a party event.

“We want it open for people to come who believe in constitutional government, God and country, whether they are Republicans, Democrats, nonpartisan or independents,” Evans said.

The gathering will begin at 5 p.m. that Thursday. Supper, including fried fish, hushpuppies and other trimmings, will be served at 6 p.m. Then Dr. John Waters, pastor of First Baptist Church in Statesboro, is slated to deliver a “God and Country” message for the program beginning immediately after the meal.

In coordination with the hosts of a quarterly luncheon for retired law enforcement officers, the fish fry organizers are inviting retired state, federal and local peace officers and their spouses for recognition during the annual event, Evans said.


Officials & candidates

All of the elected officials listed in the invitation email as planning to attend are Republicans. They include Congressman Rick Allen, R-Georgia 12th, state Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro, Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, and state House Majority Leader Jon Burns, R-Newington, Rep. Butch Parrish, R-Swainsboro, Rep. Jan Tankersley, R-Brooklet, and Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon. The open invitation states that “top state Republican leaders and business leaders along with a large number of other concerned citizens will also be in attendance.”

Local elected officials and candidates from several counties and towns and Ogeechee Judicial Circuit judges and other court officials often attend.

It is not a fundraising event, but a $10 donation per plate is suggested to help defray expenses. To be counted, people wishing to attend should by Oct. 13 email or phone (912) 564-7617 (leave message) or cell numbers (912) 682-8224 or (912) 682-9276.

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