October 17, 2017

First Baptist visits Carter Presidential Library

(Atlanta, GA) -- Franklin First Baptist Church members and their guests recently visited the Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta. This excellent resource chronicles the life of President Jimmy Carter, with emphasis on his presidency. Afterwards, the group enjoyed a great Southern meal at Mary Mac's Tea Room, a true Atlanta institution. … [Read more...]

Unsung Heroes of Heard County

(Franklin, GA) -- We want to thank the Heard County Food Pantry for their unending support this year! We received food bags packed and ready to send home with our Heard County Elementary kids every Friday. "Mr. Mike and Ms. Becky" Porter faithfully packed and delivered the bags to our school - we love and appreciate you! Two other faithful volunteers at … [Read more...]

American Indian Heritage Day 2016

Since early in the twentieth century Americans of all heritages have worked together to establish a day that could be put aside to honor Native Americans. Many states have recognized American Indian Day at different times throughout the century.  In 2009, President George W. Bush signed legislation that recognized the Friday after Thanksgiving as Native … [Read more...]

Columbus Day

The second Monday in October is designated in the United States as Columbus Day. It commemorates Christopher Columbus' first voyage and sighting of the Americas on October 12, 1492. However, Columbus Day, as a federal holiday was not officially recognized until 1937. The first recorded ceremony commemorating Columbus in America occurred in 1792, 300 years … [Read more...]

Local riders find success in Ringgold

(Ringgold, GA) -- The Cowboy Shop team, Ridin' 4 A Reason won the second Fallon Taylor squad race Sunday night in Ringgold, GA. The team was carefully picked and chosen largely in part due to the 122 years combined experience in this sport! The team members, Shari Wilkins, from Franklin, Ga (owner of The Cowboy Shop), Tanya Shelnutt of Franklin, GA, Louise … [Read more...]

‘Uncle Poppy’ visits EPL

(Ephesus) -- On Saturday, September 24th we had the most amazing author here from Birmingham, Alabama, Randy Pardue, better known as Uncle Poppy! One of the nicest men you'll ever meet, Randy is a pastor, and the author of two books, A Blue Chair Christmas and Sandy the Selfish Seagull. He wrote A Blue Chair Christmas with his granddaughter Harper Kate, a … [Read more...]

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

On September 16, 2016, we pause to remember the sacrifices of the 83,193 Americans who are still missing or unaccounted for. We remember their families - whose pain and suffering does not subside with the passage of time. POW/MIA Recognition Day serves to remind us that the true cost of war extends far beyond the last shots being fired. WWII claimed more … [Read more...]

UGA student’s heartfelt speech about Heard County

(Editor's Note: Current UGA student Ms. Erica Hendrix agreed to share with our readers a speech she delivered for one of her college courses about Heard County. Erica is 20 years old and graduated from Heard High School in 2014.) Ask me where I come from and I’ll usually tell you, “Heard County, but you’ve probably never heard of that because it’s too … [Read more...]

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...]