July 28, 2015

Supreme Court ruling comes at perfect time for area couple


(Newnan, GA) -- A landmark ruling Friday by a divided Supreme Court allowing same-sex couples to marry nationwide came at the perfect time for a Heard County graduate and her life partner. Maria Whitten, a member of the HHS Class of 2002 and her new wife Angie Whitten were the first couple to file for a marriage license at the Coweta County courthouse as … [Read more...]

Escapee Captured in Bremen

Casey Summerville was last seen in the Roopville area on Tuesday

(Carroll County) -- A Carroll County escapee is back in police custody after two days on the run. 18-year-old Casey Summerville was captured in Bremen Wednesday by the U.S. Marshal's Service Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force.  Summerville escaped late Monday afternoon from investigators who had taken him into the edge of Heard County to recover … [Read more...]

Blue Knights Ride for Troup County CASA

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(Pine Mountain) -- The Blue Knights GA Chapter XVIII sponsored a ride to raise money for the Troup County CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocate for children) on Saturday April 11, 2015. They raised $2638.00 and had 32 bikes on the 1 hour ride that went from the Elks Lodge on Davis Road to Pine Mountain and back to the Elks Lodge. This was the second … [Read more...]

Deal: ‘Wait is over’ for families in need of cannabis oil


(Atlanta, GA) -- Gov. Nathan Deal Thursday signed HB 1, legislation that permits the use of medical cannabis oil to treat certain conditions. The law took effect immediately upon Deal’s signature. Deal signed an executive order last month instructing state agencies, physicians and law enforcement officials to prepare for the law’s enactment. “For the … [Read more...]

HES Triumphs at RESA Academic Bowl Championship

2015 West Georgia RESA District Champions - Front (L-R): Jacob Cabe, Sam Grizzard, Andrew Rogers, Nate Pike, Brianna Hill - Second Row (L-R): Luke Mitchell, Ethan May, Jayde Cook, Marybeth Brown - Back Row (L-R): Coach Loretta Shaw, Mayah Jones, Coach Sheri Phillips

(Villa Rica, GA) -- The Heard Elementary School Academic Bowl team outsmarted all of the competition during the 2015 West Georgia RESA District Academic Bowl Finals hosted Thursday afternoon by Ithaca Elementary School in Villa Rica. The HES team of 10 students outlasted 44 other teams during the season as well as 15 other teams at the finals en route to … [Read more...]

Portwood’s Walk-off Grand Slam Lifts West Georgia Tech Softball

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(Carrollton, GA) -- Brittany Portwood hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the West Georgia Tech softball team a thrilling come-from-behind 7-6 win in game one of a doubleheader against Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College Saturday afternoon in Carrollton. The Golden Knights cruised to a 7-2 win in the … [Read more...]

Red Devils Sweep Braves

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(Franklin) -- The Braves and Lady Braves varsity basketball teams hosted the rival Bowdon Red Devils Tuesday night at HHS with the Devils getting wins in both games. Coach Phillip Manning's squad kept it close for three quarters before the Devils pulled away for a 72-62 win. Freshman Emory Jones led the scoring for the Braves with 19 and Kendaz Goode and … [Read more...]

Board of Education Meeting Minutes (01/12/15)


BOE MINUTES (01/12/15) (Franklin) -- The Heard County Board of Education met in a regular meeting on January 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office in Franklin. Present were Chairman Roger Harrod, Vice Chairman Tim Holtzclaw, Ashley Awbrey, Mike Crockett, Chad Wood and Superintendent Jerry Prince. I.  Mr. Harrod called the meeting to order and Mr. … [Read more...]

Lady Braves open Region 5-AA play on a High Note

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(Bowdon, GA) -- The Lady Braves bounced back from a tough weekend loss in a big way Tuesday night as they knocked off the Bowdon Red Devilettes 60-39 on the road to open the Region 5-AA schedule. It was also an impressive 33 point turnaround from a meeting with the Devilettes just a week earlier in the Haralson County tournament. Junior Madison Whitehead … [Read more...]

Prestigious Postseason Awards Rain Down on Lady Braves

GACA 1st Team All-State Catcher Anna Shelnutt (L) and GACA 1st Team All-State Pitcher Jordan Watson (R)

(Franklin) -- The trophy cases of several members of the 2014 Class AA State Champion Lady Braves softball team have grown over the past few weeks with the addition of some well-deserved hardware including some of the biggest awards ever received by any Heard County athletes in history. Not surprisingly, at the heart of the list of those honored is senior … [Read more...]