February 20, 2017

Making History: Braves claim first Region Championship since 1960

(Franklin, GA) -- Lagrange reporter Kevin Eckleberry stated it perfectly in the opening line of his report on Friday night's Region 5-AA Championship games in Franklin: "It was Heard County's night." Although the Braves entered the Championship clash as the top seed in the tournament and undefeated in the region, there were still many doubters that Coach … [Read more...]

Hoops, they did it again! Monster performance by Harris leads Heard County girls to second straight region title

(Franklin, GA) -- Kimberly Harris had arguably the best game of her career Friday night in Franklin to lead the Lady Braves to a 58-31 win over Callaway and a second straight Region 5-AA Championship. Harris was named Region 5-AA MVP earlier this week and she left no doubt in anyone's mind at the region tournament that it was a well-deserved honor. The … [Read more...]

Chasing History: Braves aim for first region hoop title in 57 years

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard High varsity boys basketball team begins the region tournament tonight in Franklin in hopes of securing back-to-back wins and the school's first region championship since 1960. Since region titles and GHSA Class B state semi-final runs in both 1959 and 1960, the Heard County team has experienced a long title drought with the only … [Read more...]

Final four Braves punch ticket to the Big Grapple

(Rockmart, GA) -- A modern format record number of Brave wrestlers scored top four finishes at the Class 2A-B state sectional meet Saturday at Rockmart High School to earn trips to the GHSA Traditional State Championships this Friday and Saturday at the 9,000 seat Macon Coliseum. The sectional meet featured over 100 wrestlers competing on two mats and in 14 … [Read more...]

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...]