May 26, 2020

Brave Nation remembers Officer Jim Porter

(Franklin, GA) -- A graveside service and internment was held Thursday afternoon for Officer Jim Porter, Class of 2005 Heard County graduate and long-time law enforcement officer with several agencies in the West Georgia region including the Heard County Sheriff's Office. Porter died suddenly on Monday, May 18 from leukemia that was only officially … [Read more...]

Heard County BOC Agenda (05/26/20)

AGENDA HEARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING May 26, 2020 – 6:30 P.M. I.  CALL TO ORDER II.  WELCOME, INVOCATION, AND PLEDGE TO THE FLAG III.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES – April 28, 2020  IV.  AMEND AGENDA V.  NEW BUSINESS a.  Discuss/Approve Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant for Glover Road Park Improvements – Kathy Knowles, Executive Director, Heard … [Read more...]

Child sexual exploitation in Georgia during COVID-19 quarantine

(Decatur, GA) -- Since March 16, 2020, when Georgia public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools ceased in person classes, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, along with other GBI regional offices, have executed 16 exigent search warrants related to online child sexual exploitation. In … [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...]

PPA: A Son’s Love

To the citizens of Heard County: Since I was a little boy my mama has taken me to the polls with her. She explained what a privilege it was, and that we should always exercise our right to vote. I remember getting up a little earlier just so we could vote on the way to school. I loved wearing my sticker all day. It made me feel grown up. Now that I am … [Read more...]

Young Ephesus father dies in tragic ATV accident

(Ephesus, GA) -- A Heard County man was tragically killed Wednesday afternoon in an ATV accident in the Ephesus community. According to an accident report issued by a public information officer with the Georgia State Patrol, 31-year-old Adam Caldwell was traveling northbound on HWY 100 aboard a Suzuki Quadsport ATV at around 5:55 PM when the accident … [Read more...]

PPA: Chairman Boone’s response (Part 6)

Chairman Boone's continued response: My opponent stated in her recent article that she traveled to meetings and conferences to stay informed and updated on issues relating to counties in Georgia. Commissioners receive emails from ACCG sometimes daily with updates on issues affecting all or certain counties in Georgia. If there are any questions ACCG has … [Read more...]

Links for Virtual ‘Friday Night in Franklin’ tonight on YouTube

(Franklin, GA) -- Heard County High School Senior Class of 2020's Virtual Graduation ceremony will be broadcast Friday night beginning at 8:00 PM. One hour prior to the graduation ceremony Heard High's 2019-2020 Awards ceremony will be broadcast at 7:00 PM. The traditional ceremony at Staples Stadium would have taken place tonight, and the hope is for … [Read more...]

Summer Fest 2020 has been cancelled

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Staff has decided to cancel Summer Fest 2020 that was previously scheduled for June 27th. The Board discussed the possibility of a new date, but the uncertainty of when it would be safe to host an event with a large crowd made it impossible to commit to a new date. If you have … [Read more...]

Chairman announces Heard County Government to reopen to public May 26

LET'S TRY THIS AGAIN! (Franklin, GA) -- Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020 the Heard County Administrative Building will reopen for normal hours of operation. A restrictive access on the number of people per office will be enforced. There will be a monitor at the door screening all persons wishing to enter and to control the amount of total number of … [Read more...]