February 10, 2016

Sole accident survivor overcomes injuries, prepares for college

Courtesy of  Melanie Ruberti/The Lagrange Daily News (Lagrange, GA) -- Jayvianna Johnson’s smile and personality light up almost every room she walks into — almost like a beacon in the foggiest of nights. The 18-year-old is genuinely happy and can usually be found laughing and cutting up with Julie Smith, the woman she lovingly refers to as a sister, best … [Read more...]

The Heard Citizen’s Most Inspirational Person of 2015

(Franklin, GA) -- We have covered many tragic events at The Heard Citizen, but none compares to the loss of Ms. Lilly Scott, Heard County High School's senior Marching Brave drum major. Lilly passed away on October 18, 2015 from injuries she suffered in a horrible car accident on October 12 near Franklin. No event we have covered has rocked the community … [Read more...]

The Heard Citizen’s Top 15 Good News Stories of 2015

(Franklin) -- With the arrival of the year 2016, the Heard Citizen takes a look back at the best good news stories we reported on locally during the year 2015. This list was comprised based on several factors including number of views, comments, and shares not only at our website but also on our facebook page. We hope our readers enjoy this look back and … [Read more...]

Friends Rally to Help Local Flood Victim

Courtesy of The Lagrange Daily News (Hogansville, GA) -- Friends are rallying to help a 30-year-old Troup County man who lost everything including his home during last week's torrential rains and flooding. Brennan Taylor’s parents were visiting from Florida on Christmas Eve as Yellow Jacket Creek behind his home on Timberlake Trail in northern Troup County … [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...]

Mrs. Ernestine Miller Recognized as an NSDAR Woman in American History

(Franklin) -- The DAR is a patriotic organization dedicated to God, Home, and Country. Every daughter has been able to document her lineage to someone – man, woman, or child – who had a part in the fight for our freedom. We honor veterans, we honor our heritage, we support our youth, and we honor our citizens. One of the awards that we may give to … [Read more...]

Rodney Kay LifeChanger of the Year Video

(Franklin) -- The video above was filmed recently highlighting Heard County High School principal Rodney Kay. Mr. Kay was nominated in October for the 2015-2016 National LifeChanger of the Year award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school … [Read more...]

High School mentoring program aims to encourage at risk students

(Franklin, GA) -- One of the primary goals on Heard County High School principal Rodney Kay's agenda when he took the reigns at the school in 2013 was to improve the school's graduation rate, so he started a new mentoring program right away. The program is designed to help at risk students bridge the gap to a successful graduation by helping them learn … [Read more...]

Brave teen battles back from Guillain-Barré Syndrome

(Franklin, GA) -- Undoubtedly, the return of the 2014 State Champion Heard High School softball team to the diamond this season has been a welcome event for Brave fans throughout the county, but the return to the infield by one player is one of the inspiring stories of the fall sports season. Ally Harris, a product of the Ephesus community, has seen … [Read more...]

Supreme Court ruling comes at perfect time for area couple

(Newnan, GA) -- A landmark ruling Friday by a divided Supreme Court allowing same-sex couples to marry nationwide came at the perfect time for a Heard County graduate and her life partner. Maria Whitten, a member of the HHS Class of 2002 and her new wife Angie Whitten were the first couple to file for a marriage license at the Coweta County courthouse as … [Read more...]