May 27, 2015

Franklin man charged with child rape, sodomy

Matthew Lanier Collier

(Franklin, GA) -- A Franklin man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl over a three year period. 33-year-old Matthew Lanier Collier, a resident of Holiday Road, is behind bars at the Heard County jail after being arrested Friday on sexual assault charges. According to a report issued this morning by Investigator Sergeant Lisa Perry … [Read more...]

Recent UGA graduate juggled more than just schoolwork

(L-R): Amber, Abigail, and recent UGA graduate Drew Keim

(Athens, GA) -- On May 7, Drew Keim became the first person in his family to graduate from college – a feat he managed to accomplish while simultaneously raising his three-year-old daughter. With two part-time jobs and a full course load, Keim quickly learned how to balance his busy academic life with his responsibilities at home. "I came up here, and the … [Read more...]

2015 HCMS Boxtops Grid Winners

These students chose “lucky squares” on the HCMS Boxtops Grid, sponsored by Reeves Supply. From left: Beth Taylor, Justin Barr, Haley Bennett and Jesse Elkins. Not pictured: Ms. Bonnie Vernon and her class, Mrs. Susan Scott, Matt Cole and Mrs. LouAnn Hood.

(Franklin) -- Nine numbers were called out during The Morning Show (live announcements) at Heard County Middle School to award cash prizes for the HCMS Boxtops Grid. This event is sponsored by Reeves Supply. Using a web-based random number generator, Assistant Principal – and soon to be principal -- Brian Hadley called out winning numbers. News team … [Read more...]

HHS Graduates 121 during 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Photos Courtesy of Rodney East

(Franklin) — Heard County High School graduated 121 students Friday evening during the commencement ceremony held at Staples Stadium. An overflow assembly of family, friends, and members of the community were in attendance to usher off the Class of 2015 into the next phase of life. Principal Rodney Kay welcomed those in attendance after the processional … [Read more...]

Weekly Arrest Reports (05/22/15)


Franklin Police Chief, Kevin Hannah, has issued the following list of individuals arrested in the city of Franklin and their various charges: Jacob Paul Mcormick, 24, Upper Caldwell Road, Bowdon, GA 30180, arrested on 05/16/2015, charged with Possession of Less Than 1 oz Marijuana and Failure to Maintain Lane. Mortavius Antwan Bryant, 28, Betty Street, … [Read more...]

4th Annual Bravy Award Results

2015 Bravy Winners

(Franklin) – A large crowd packed into the Heard County Middle School gymnasium Wednesday night for the 2015 Bravy Awards Show sponsored by Heard County Middle School Athletics in conjunction with The fourth annual version of the unique award show featured nominees from sports and other activities throughout the county including the … [Read more...]

HCMS Highest Overall Averages


(Franklin) -- Heard County Middle School Highest Overall Average Award winners for 2015 were announced at the Honors Program on May 7 at HCMS. Pictured above are the students with the highest averages in each grade. From the left are Michael Payton (7th grade), Ethan Lawson (6th grade), Jordan Cornelius and Haley Bennett (tie 8th grade). Congrats to these … [Read more...]

Local resident crowned 2015 Miss PruittHealth

(L-R Front) -- 1st Runner up Mrs. Ella Wright of Franklin, the winner Mrs. Annie Wilkes of Franklin, Georgia Winner, crowned Ms PruittHealth Franklin 2015 L-R Back-Ms. Judith Beach of Miami, Florida, Ms. Sarah Blocker of Augusta, Georgia, Ms. Christine Jordan of Midway Alabama and Ms. Terry Helton of Newnan Georgia

(Franklin) -- PruittHealth of Franklin sponsored a Beauty Pageant on Thursday May 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM. The emcee for the program was Sheila Moody, the DHS at PruittHealth. Contestants were Mrs. Ella Wright of Franklin, Georgia, Mrs. Annie Wilkes of Franklin, Georgia, Ms. Terry Helton of Newnan Georgia, Ms. Sarah Blocker of Augusta, Georgia,  Ms. Christine … [Read more...]

Fehribach and Wood named to GCAA All-conference Second Team

Ty Wood

(Carrollton, GA) -- West Georgia Tech baseball had two players named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17) Division I Baseball All-Region Second Team, with Corey Fehribach being selected as an infielder and Ty Wood as a closer. The conference office also announced that Blane Swift and Bryce Todd were selected to the GCAA Baseball … [Read more...]

HHS Student accepted into TIA Program

Angela Thompson (L) and Jessica Bolling (R)

(Franklin) -- Jessica Bolling, student at Heard County High School, has been accepted into the Tanner Connections program. The Tanner Connections/Teens in Action (TIA) program is a partnership between Tanner Medical Center and local high schools that provides unpaid internship opportunities to high school students. Those high schools which have Career … [Read more...]