June 25, 2016

Flag Day June 14

Betsy Ross is the seamstress who made our country’s flag. She made George Washington’s clothes and was commissioned by him to make our flag. We, as Americans, should show respect for our flag as a representative of our independence and unity as a nation – one nation under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history, for it is and has been … [Read more...]

America Is My Favorite Country

(Editor's Note: The following was written by our editor's nephew, Wyatt Holt, a 4th-grade student at Ocean Shores Elementary School in Washington State. Wyatt won several awards for his paper and agreed to let us share it here at HeardCitizen.com for Memorial Day.) America Is My Favorite Country America is my favorite country. There are so many wonderful … [Read more...]

A Heard County Love Story

(Franklin, GA) -- A local woman shared a blog this week detailing how she and her current husband fell in love and were married after knowing each other for over 30 years. Shanan Smith Atkinson agreed to share her story with the readers at HeardCitizen.com. She is a 1987 graduate of Heard County High School. Shanan's husband Boone Atkinson is a 1982 Heard … [Read more...]

Perdue Reflects on First Year in the Senate

(Washington, D.C.) -- Almost a year ago, I stood next to my wife Bonnie, put my hand on my Father’s Bible, and swore to uphold the Constitution and represent the people of Georgia in the United States Senate. This is a role I never imagined, but one I take very seriously. To emphasize the magnitude of this responsibility, I held my first staff meeting at … [Read more...]

The Christmas Tortoise by Jesse Workman

The Christmas Tortoise There was once a tortoise that lived in a tribal village in Africa. The tortoise's name was Henry. Henry heard about a holiday, that is celebrated in most countries, through his best friend Miles, a dolphin. Miles, every year, leaves the continent of Africa and swims to England to celebrate Christmas. "Santa Claus has a time limit, … [Read more...]

‘Stars on Broadway’ Pageant

Submitted by Wylene Spearman (Franklin) -- The “Stars on Broadway Pageant” was held at Heard County Middle School on November 7, 2015. This was a pageant open to all girls ages 1-18 from surrounding counties. The main category for this pageant was formal wear. To increase excitement, three new optional categories were added, Miss Photogenic, People’s … [Read more...]

The Value Of A “Bad” Gift

Written by Mohisha Vasa, M.D. Who hasn’t received that gift…the vacuum cleaner, ugly sweater, or pack of batteries?  None of us has escaped the experience of receiving a gift that is unwanted.  We all know the disappointment, the let down, sometimes even anger towards the gift-giver! As the holidays approach, well-meaning friends and family members may … [Read more...]

Echols: How about a ‘Blackout’ Saturday for Coach Richt?

By Tim Echols Regardless of where you were when you heard the news about Coach Mark Richt leaving the University of Georgia, you were probably as stunned as I was. Sure, we all want to win the Southeastern Conference football championship again, and even be national champions, and maybe we will someday. But Coach Richt deserves our respect, and he deserves … [Read more...]

Veteran’s Day Program in Franklin

(Franklin) -- In honor of Veterans Day, the James Stewart Chapter  Daughters of the American Revolution will be holding a program on at the Veterans Monument in Franklin on Saturday November 14th at 11:00 am. We invite the public to join us as we honor veterans past and present. In case of inclement weather the program will be in the Heard County Library … [Read more...]

Senator David Perdue: A Salute to Georgia Veterans

(Washington, D.C.) -- Around this time every year, Americans across the country recognize the sacrifices our veterans have made for our freedom. Towns hold parades, churches host covered dish suppers, and businesses offer discounts. All of these gestures are commendable, but we must continue to thank our veterans daily and recognize the sacrifices they made … [Read more...]