October 27, 2016

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...]

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...]