July 28, 2016

Summer Salad Contest Winners

(Ephesus) -- Ephesus Public Library held a Summer Salad Contest for children ages 6 - 13 on Monday, July 25th. The kids did a fabulous job, and it was difficult for the judges to decide which salad was best! After much tasting and deliberation, the following winners were determined: Maria Gunter, won 1st place, with a prize of a $50.00 gift card; Nathanael … [Read more...]

Ferguson defeats Crane in GOP Runoff

(Franklin, GA) -- Republican voters in the 3rd district have chosen former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson as their nominee to replace retiring GOP Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. In the overall district, Ferguson accrued 22,813 votes (53.93%) to Crane's 19,490. Heard County voters favored Ferguson 355-257. Crane won Coweta and Fayette Counties while voters in the … [Read more...]

Election Day In Heard County

(Franklin, GA) -- The Republican runoff for U.S. Congress District 3 is today in West Georgia. Polling places around Heard County, and the rest of District 3, will be open today from 7 AM to 7 PM. Current State Senator Mike Crane of Newnan and former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson were the top two vote getters in the May 24 Republican primary for the … [Read more...]

Spending, attacks ramp up Congressional Race

(Kathleen Foody/AP) -- A congressional primary in West Georgia is drawing big dollars and prominent endorsements in its final days, positioning a former mayor and state senator as representatives of a long-simmering divide within theRepublican party. Mike Crane, a state senator since 2011, and Drew Ferguson, a dentist and the former mayor of West Point, … [Read more...]

Unique education initiative targets ‘Baby Braves’

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County School system is launching an innovative new program aimed at reaching the youngest people in the county well before they reach official school age. The Early Childhood Outreach Initiative (ECHO) less formally known as the 'Baby Brave' program is the brainchild of several local leaders and will seek to reach out to not … [Read more...]

Shooter’s wife charged with attempted murder

Courtesy of Vanessa Burnside/The Randolph Leader (Randolph County, AL) -- Special agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on Wednesday, July 13, arrested Brenda Marie Lee, 73, of Wedowee and charged her with five counts of attempted murder and one count of hindering prosecution. Mrs. Lee remained with … [Read more...]

Weekly Arrest Reports (07/22/16)

Franklin Police Chief, Kevin Hannah, has issued the following list of individuals arrested in the city of Franklin and their various charges: Brittany Nicole Alford, 30, Cedar Street, Franklin, GA 30217, arrested on 07/15/2016, charged with Failure to Appear. Zoe Grace Prater, 20, Franklin Parkway, Franklin, GA 30217, arrested on 07/18/2016, charged with … [Read more...]

Mr. Gary Martin Smith

Mr. Gary Martin Smith, 67, of LaGrange and formerly of Hogansville, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Mr. Smith was born March 28, 1949, in Jacksonville, FL, son of the late James Lewis Smith and Mary Clyde Simmons Smith Clark. A 1967 graduate of Hogansville High School, he was a veteran of service in the U.S. Air Force … [Read more...]

Student attends FBLA Officer Training

(Fort Valley, GA) -- Caitlin Shelnutt attended the FBLA Region Officer Training in Fort Valley at Camp John Hope on July 15-16. Caitlin submitted an application in the spring to become a Georgia FBLA Region officer and was accepted. Her training at camp prepares her for leadership roles at the 2016-17 FBLA state conferences and in our local FBLA … [Read more...]

Franklin Police Chief Returns from Counterterrorism Training in Israel

(Atlanta, GA) -- Chief Kevin Hannah of the Franklin Police Department has returned home after spending two weeks in Israel for training in the latest counterterrorism techniques and technologies by that nation’s top police professionals. No taxpayer money was used for his participation in the program. Hannah was a member of a delegation of police chiefs, … [Read more...]