January 18, 2017

The Heard Citizen’s Most Inspirational Person of 2016

(Franklin, GA) -- Clearly no other Heard County citizen experienced a more inspirational or noteworthy year in 2016 than one 22-year-old Franklin man, Mr. Brett Smith. Smith, a 2012 Heard High School honor graduate and avid follower of politics since his early teens, made not only state and local news, but national headlines after an emotional moment with … [Read more...]

Inspiring comeback evolves into huge accolade for Harris

(Franklin, GA) -- The inspirational legacy of one Lady Brave outfielder was further cemented in Heard County history earlier this month when Ally Harris was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) All-State First Team in softball. The prestigious state award followed up on several other postseason accolades for the determined senior … [Read more...]

Tiny Fighter: Courageous Baby’s First Christmas in the Hospital

(Franklin, GA) -- A Heard County infant boy is spending his first Christmas at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta after battling with severe birth defects during his first four months of life. Kamdyn Jace Mcafee was born on August 25, 2016 weighing almost 11 pounds and was first diagnosed with Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus while still in his mother's … [Read more...]

Coach helps young athletes chase that scholarship

(Franklin, GA) -- Heard County Brave football fans have noticed the presence of a new coach on the sidelines during Friday night games at Staples Stadium over the past couple of years, and this coach's presence has been noticed perhaps even more on social media where he does arguably his most important work. Coach Chuck Sykes is helping Brave athletes with … [Read more...]

Second northern tragedy brings further grief to local family

(Bethel, AK) -- A former Heard County resident and her husband died tragically in a house fire early Saturday morning in Bethel, Alaska. According to a report by KTUU-TV in Anchorage, the Bethel Fire Department arrived at the blaze just after 1 A.M. to find the home on fire. They were able to extinguish the flames, however while responders inspected the … [Read more...]

Stephens’ walk-off magic sends Lady Braves back to Columbus!

(Franklin, GA) -- Senior Hannah Stephens delivered a clutch walk-off extra inning base hit to score senior Aspen Barker and end a scintillating Sweet 16 series versus Bleckley County Thursday afternoon with a 4-3 win and send the Lady Braves back to Columbus for a fifth consecutive season. It was appropriate that the two evenly-matched squads would go to … [Read more...]

3-Peat! Lady Braves reap 5-AA trophy in dramatic fashion

(Franklin, GA) -- The Lady Braves softball team captured a third straight Region 5-AA crown Saturday night with a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 walk-off victory over Lamar County in Franklin. The hard-fought win by the 2016 edition of head coach Matt Hornsby's squad was indicative of a season where games were almost always won because of the efforts both … [Read more...]

Marching Braves thriving under new leadership

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County High School Marching Braves are preparing for a championship season of their own this week as they travel to Central High School this Saturday, October 1 for the 34th annual  'Super Bowl of Sound' Marching Band Festival and Contest. First year band director Mr. Eric Vogel is excited for the opportunity this Saturday to … [Read more...]

Braves crush Tigers in Region 5-AA Opener

(Franklin, GA) -- After much anticipation this week, legendary Atlanta broadcaster Bill Hartman and High 5 Sports discovered an electric atmosphere as they descended on the Heard County community Friday night for the Fox 5 Game of the Week at Staples Stadium featuring the Heard County Braves versus the Temple Tigers in a Region 5-AA opener. The Braves (5-1) … [Read more...]

Support and fellowship dominates Heard-Temple rivalry

(Franklin, GA) -- It is only fitting that when the Heard County Braves (4-1) host the Temple Tigers (4-0) Friday night, the game will have the extra luster of being Fox 5 Atlanta's High 5 Sports Game of the Week. It seems any time these two schools get together for a big game that something special is going to happen. Several times over the past six years … [Read more...]