July 15, 2018

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...]

BRAKING MUSE: Uproar Ensues after Heard County cancels Solar Eclipse

(Franklin, GA) -- A group of citizens are upset today following a decision by local authorities to cancel Monday's solar eclipse in Heard County. The ordinance banning Monday's eclipse passed by a margin of 6-2 with one abstention at an emergency called meeting late Saturday evening at the Heard County Courthouse. Voting at the meeting were head officials … [Read more...]

Unsilenced Cheers: Tragedy gives rise to UWG’s National Cheerleading Dynasty

(Article courtesy of Gary Leftwich/UWG News) "The triumph can't be had without the struggle," --Olympic gold medalist Wilma Rudolph. (Carrollton, GA) -- Former State University of West Georgia cheerleader Mandy Sterling Hill remembers the trip starting like any other. In the very early morning hours of Aug. 10, 1997, members of the university's 15-strong … [Read more...]

Second grader enjoys red carpet experience at Joy Prom

(Bowdon, GA) -- One lucky Heard Elementary School special needs student recently enjoyed a very special night at the Joy Prom held at Copeland Hall in Bowdon last Saturday night. Joy Prom is an annual prom that invites anyone with special needs to participate, regardless of age and location. It is a free event and a free makeover is offered for the … [Read more...]