January 20, 2017

FBLA Chapter hosts Region Leadership Conference

(Franklin, GA) -- On Wednesday, February 11, over 400 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students from Region Seven descended upon Heard County High School for the Region Leadership Conference. Students from 30 high schools competed in individual and team speaking and performance events at the Region Leadership Conference. Students representing … [Read more...]

Drowning death at Lake Wedowee

(Courtesy of Vanessa Sorrell Burnside/The Randolph Leader) (Flat Rock, AL) -- A fisherman on Lake Wedowee drowned Tuesday afternoon while launching his boat. According to investigator Donnie Strain, who is also a diver with Randolph County Rescue Squad, the victim was identified as Timothy James Decourcey, 64, of Shady Grove Lane, Lineville. Around 5 … [Read more...]

The Heard Citizen’s Most Inspirational Person of 2016

(Franklin, GA) -- Clearly no other Heard County citizen experienced a more inspirational or noteworthy year in 2016 than one 22-year-old Franklin man, Mr. Brett Smith. Smith, a 2012 Heard High School honor graduate and avid follower of politics since his early teens, made not only state and local news, but national headlines after an emotional moment with … [Read more...]

Principal steps down amid health concerns

(Ephesus) -- The principal of Ephesus Elementary School, Stephanie McRae, submitted her resignation to the Heard County Board of Education earlier this week citing ongoing health concerns as the reason for her early departure. The principal has dealt with neck and spinal problems for several years and more recently has needed to undergo numerous … [Read more...]

Restaurant owner and his associate charged in Butler’s Mill fire

(Graham, AL) -- The restaurant owner and another man were arrested last week in connection to the fire that burned the 150-year-old Butler Mill in Randolph County in October of last year. According to State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen, the Oct. 17 fire was a result of arson. Christopher Phillips, 48, an owner of the Butler's Mill restaurant, and Ruben … [Read more...]

Gov. Deal announces three local schools as award winners

(Atlanta, GA) -- Gov. Nathan Deal, along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), today announced that 218 Georgia public schools in 53 districts will receive Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards, an increase of 31 schools from last year. Three Heard County schools were recognized as Greatest Gains award winners. These schools … [Read more...]

Winter storm packs little punch, no snow

(Franklin, GA) -- The highly anticipated winter storm has come and gone without much fanfare, at least in the Heard County area. Temperatures remain very cold with the high Saturday only anticipated to be around the low to mid 30's, but the area experienced very little if any frozen precipitation or snow overnight. According to Heard County dispatch, there … [Read more...]

Local law enforcement officer being hailed as a hero

(Franklin, GA) -- A local resident and law enforcement officer is being hailed a hero after his quick thinking and swift action likely may have saved a young boy's life. Charles Israel, a resident of Franklin and Detective with the Fairburn Police Department was working security outside a grocery store in Fairburn, GA Monday evening when he spotted the … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS: Winter Storm Warning prompts early school release Friday

(Franklin, GA) -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Heard County and much of north Georgia due to an impending winter weather event this weekend. The winter precipitation is expected to begin as a rain only event Friday afternoon before developing into a wintry mix and snow later tonight. Temperatures are expected to dip … [Read more...]

Deputy Danny Davis retires from HCSO

(Franklin, GA) -- Deputy Danny Davis of the Heard County Sheriff’s Office has retired after over eight years of service to the department and the citizens of Heard County. Deputy Davis began his law enforcement career with the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office in 1985. After being employed there for several years, Danny left law enforcement for a period of … [Read more...]