December 14, 2018

Student Body Right: Young Lady with Autism Voted as Heard County Homecoming Queen

(Franklin, GA) -- Jessica Kirkpatrick may be a little different from her classmates, but that hasn't kept her from receiving the royal treatment this week after being nominated and then selected by her classmates to be a part of Heard County High School's Homecoming Court. The senior ended her special week with a bang after the Heard County High School … [Read more...]

1968 graduate reunited with lost class ring after 50 years

(Franklin, GA) -- A 1968 graduate of Heard County High School had almost forgotten about her senior class ring after not seeing it for almost 50 years until a good samaritan and social media helped her reunite with the priceless lost memento this week. As it turns out, Susan Jacks (maiden name Crockett) had lost the ring while playing in a softball … [Read more...]

Football Fans Say ‘I Do’ at Staples Stadium

(Franklin, GA) -- When it comes to couples who share football fandom, sometimes the love between them is as important as their love of the game. For Heard County Brave fans Charles Israel and Tricia Shepherd, it was a no-brainer to include their favorite football venue, Staples Stadium in their wedding day. The couple, now Mr. and Mrs. Charles Israel, says … [Read more...]

Are you Ready for Hands-Free in Georgia?

(Atlanta, GA) -- During this year’s Legislative Session, Georgia became the 16th state in the U.S., along with the District of Columbia (D.C.), Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to enact a hands-free driving law that prohibits all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures … [Read more...]

In God We Trust: Durell’s Story

(Franklin, GA) -- For the past year or so, a local grandfather has enjoyed spending some special times with his grandchildren following a very serious health scare involving his liver that almost took his life in 2016. Mr. Durell Langley, a Vietnam veteran, began showing the early signs of liver troubles that became extensively worse in 2010. Doctors noted … [Read more...]

The Heard Citizen’s Most Inspirational Person of 2017

(Franklin, GA) -- Each January, the Heard Citizen attempts to pinpoint the most inspiring local person in the news from the prior calendar year. In 2015 that person was the late Ms. Lilly Scott, and in 2016 that person was Mr. Brett Smith. Now we recognize Mr. Edward Potts as Heard County's Most Inspirational Person of 2017. Edward appeared in our news … [Read more...]

Former Heard resident posthumously awarded Bronze Star Medal for Heroism at Pearl Harbor

(Written by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division) (Washington, D.C.) -- The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a combat medal to a Sailor who was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer … [Read more...]

Online Security — 7 Steps for Safety

(Atlanta, GA) -- A Security Summit consisting of the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other state tax agencies and the tax community, is marking "National Tax Security Awareness Week", Nov. 27-Dec.1, with a series of reminders to taxpayers and tax professionals. Part one of a five-part series highlights online … [Read more...]

Jesus Take The Heels

(Franklin, GA) -- After being overweight and out of shape for most of his life a local man took a big step and decided to get fit. Now just over two years later he is taking an even bigger step by attempting his first marathon this weekend in Savannah -- and he will be doing so in honor of his father and to help raise money to cure blood cancer. Ben … [Read more...]

Georgia State Patrol celebrates oldest surviving trooper

(Franklin, GA) -- A Heard County native is being celebrated by the Georgia State Patrol as the oldest surviving member in the state. Retired Sgt. James Franklin Terrell, Jr. (a.k.a. Jeff) celebrated his 93rd birthday earlier this week, and his son Stuart says the GSP have been amazing to his father, recently visited him at his nursing home in Carrollton … [Read more...]