November 24, 2020

An Important Update from the Heard County School System

Brave Nation: We wanted to reach out to the community and give an update regarding the progress we are making toward the planning of the 20-21 school year. First and foremost, we want to acknowledge the pandemic and the uncertainty of the situation, but we also want to make it clear that as of today our intent is to hold face-to-face school beginning … [Read more...]

PruittHealth Franklin moves to alert code amber status with no COVID-19 cases

(Franklin, GA) -- Officials with PruittHealth announced via press release this afternoon that the nursing home in Franklin has de-escalated from Alert Code Red and is now operating at Alert Code Amber status. By moving to Alert Code Amber, the center has no positive or presumptive positive COVID-19 cases at this time. PruittHealth – Franklin will now allow … [Read more...]

Ephesus nurse featured for frontline work in NYC

(Roanoke, AL) -- The Randolph Leader is featuring articles on three registered nurses that are originally from Randolph County and still have family there. These three nurses volunteered to go work on the frontline in the hot spots of New York and New Jersey in hospitals that were in dire need of help and overrun with patients testing positive for the … [Read more...]

District 4 Public Health encourages continued Social Distancing

(Lagrange, GA) -- District 4 Public Health is encouraging social distancing as the school year comes to a close and summer kicks off. Your plans may have been thwarted by COVID-19 but warmer weather brings opportunities to get out of doors and physically active. However, it is important that you still follow social distancing and good hand hygiene … [Read more...]

Family confirms Class of 72 HCHS graduate died from COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- A Heard County native was laid to rest Monday after passing away from COVID-19 and her family is asking the public to be mindful of the seriousness of the current coronavirus pandemic. 66-year-old Lugenia Lewis of Franklin passed away on May 18 at Tanner Hospital in Carrollton. The 1972 graduate of Heard County High School was well-known … [Read more...]

Regions Bank announces Wednesday reopening in Franklin

(Franklin, GA) -- A spokesperson for Regions Bank announced in an email Tuesday evening that the local bank will reopen today. The Franklin branch temporarily closed last Friday after Regions learned that an individual who spent time in the branch had experienced COVID-19 symptoms. Under these circumstances, Regions initiates a thorough cleaning of the … [Read more...]

Bank branch temporarily closed due to COVID-19 concerns

(Franklin, GA) -- According to a media spokesperson for Regions Bank, the Franklin Branch has been closed down only temporarily for cleaning due to COVID-19 concerns and should reopen sometime in the near future. The Heard Citizen first learned the branch was closed when several customers reported the bank closed down during the middle of normal business … [Read more...]

Local reader shares details about his positive COVID-19 antibody test

(Franklin, GA) -- In an effort to inform the public, Brett Smith reached out to the Heard Citizen this morning about his recent positive COVID-19 antibody test experience. Smith, a 2012 Heard High honor graduate and avid follower of politics since his early teens, made national headlines in February of 2016 after an emotional moment with his favorite … [Read more...]

PruittHealth confirms first death with COVID-19 at Franklin nursing home

(Franklin, GA) -- A spokesperson with the Communications Department at Pruitthealth has confirmed the first death with COVID-19 at the Franklin Nursing Home. The death is the first reported coronavirus nursing home death at the facility and in Heard County. The Heard Citizen first became aware of the death when it was published as part of the Georgia … [Read more...]

Heard County government delays reopening after family member of employee tests positive for COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- Tomorrow's scheduled reopening of Heard County government offices is being delayed after a family member of a county employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Heard County Chairman Lee Boone alerted the Heard Citizen of the delay following the confirmation of the positive test was received earlier today. According to Heard County Fire … [Read more...]