December 5, 2016

Taxpayers to expect process changes during 2017 income tax filing season

(Atlanta, GA) -- Due to the continued threat of tax fraud, the Department of Revenue (DOR) is taking action to protect taxpayer's sensitive identity information and precious tax dollars in the State of Georgia. In addition to implementing a state-of-the-art fraud management system, which has blocked over $70 million in fraudulently filed refund requests … [Read more...]

2016 West Point Lake Monitoring Results Within Acceptable Standards

(Troup County, GA) -- The quality of water in West Point Lake in 2016 met state standards according to the results of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's (CRK) annual water monitoring program. Between April and October of this year, CRK devoted one full day out of every month to collect water samples from the lake at three separate locations — one of which is … [Read more...]

Braves off to best start in eight years

(Carrollton, GA) -- Head coach Keith Simmons and the Brave varsity boys basketball team improved to 3-1 with a convincing 76-56 win over Central of Carrollton Saturday afternoon. The 3-1 start is the team's best record through four games since 2008 and the new got even better with the return of stand-out athlete Emory Jones who stepped onto the court for … [Read more...]

Local children take joy in ‘Breakfast with Santa’

(Franklin, GA) -- Over 150 local children were treated to 'Breakfast with Santa' at the old recreation department gym Saturday morning. Sponsored by the Heard County 4-H program, the event featured not only pictures and breakfast with Santa Claus himself but also ' Christmas Storytime with Granny and a visit to Santa's workshop. The program was very … [Read more...]

Commissioners Approve Purchase Of New Fire Truck

(Franklin/Times-Journal) -- Heard County Commissioners met on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 6:30 PM in the courthouse in Franklin. Under new business, Chief Steve Wirth, EMS Director for Heard County requested the board to approve the purchase of a new fire truck along with the needed equipment. On October 30, 2016, one of the 10 fire trucks used in … [Read more...]

Weekly Arrest Reports (12/02/16)

Franklin Police Chief, Kevin Hannah, has issued the following list of individuals arrested in the city of Franklin and their various charges: Shane Patrick Burns, 25, Elizabeth Village, Carrollton, GA 30117, arrested on 11/23/16, charged with Criminal Damage To Property 2nd Degree. Tina Renae Eskew, 37, Franklin Parkway, Franklin, GA 30217, arrested on … [Read more...]

Student Artist Spotlight (Amelia Fercken)

Heard Co. Student Art Spotlight (Franklin) -- Each week we spotlight an art creation of an elementary grade student from Heard, Centralhatchee, or Ephesus Elementary. This week’s student artist is Amelia Fercken. Amelia is a 5th grade student at Heard County Elementary School. Amelia created a landscape with a volcano using specific drawing techniques to … [Read more...]

Warning issued locally about mail theft uptick during holidays

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Sheriff's Department and Franklin Postmaster Melanie Spradlin are warning local citizens to beware of mail thieves who are targeting residences during the holiday season. There have already been several reports of stolen mail over the past few weeks including numerous incidents of theft in the Centralhatchee area. Mail … [Read more...]

Fire Chief lifts local burn ban

(Franklin, GA) -- Heard County Fire Chief Steve Wirth issued a press release lifting the county’s burn ban Thursday afternoon following some much-needed rain earlier this week. "With the recent rains and higher humidity levels the county-wide burn ban on recreational fire is being lifted at the guidance of Georgia forestry," said Wirth in the statement. … [Read more...]

2016 Heard County Christmas: A Guide to First Weekend Holiday Events

(Heard County, GA) -- In keeping with the annual tradition this upcoming first weekend in December will feature a record number of Christmas celebrations in Heard County including community parades featuring the Marching Braves, holiday fundraisers, and several visits from jolly old Saint Nicholas himself. In order to help our readers keep up with this … [Read more...]