January 27, 2015

Lady Braves receive State Championship Rings

Ring Ceremony

(Franklin) -- The Lady Braves State Championship softball players were presented with their 2014 State Championship rings during halftime of Friday night's boy's basketball game versus Manchester at the Heard High School gym. The team was given a standing ovation by fans in attendance in honor of the first ever GHSA team state championship in school … [Read more...]

Desmonte Leonard sentenced in 2012 Auburn triple homicide

Desmonte Leonard (Photo: AP)

The Randolph Leader (Opelika, AL) -- Desmonte Leonard, convicted of the 2012 murders of three people at an Auburn apartment complex, was sentenced to life without parole by a Lee County judge on Tuesday afternoon. Presiding over the court was Circuit Judge Jacob Walker, who also gave Leonard another life sentence for attempted murder, 20 years for … [Read more...]

James Stewart Chapter NSDAR Partners with Vietnam War Commemoration

Regent Carla Brown and Committee Chairman Beverly Baker of the James Stewart Chapter NSDAR hold up the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Flag

(Franklin) -- The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The Act allows the Secretary to coordinate, support, and facilitate programs in commemoration of the Vietnam War. The commemorative program shall include activities and ceremonies to … [Read more...]

EES Spelling Bee Winners

EES Spelling Bee Winner (L) and Runner-Up

(Ephesus) -- Congratulations to the 2015 Spelling Bee Winner Eli Lawson who is a fourth-grader at Ephesus Elementary School. Eli will now compete with other winners at the county level. First Runner-up is Luke Bennett who is a fifth-grader at EES. They are both pictured in the slideshow with their teachers Mrs. Revis and Mrs. Luauna and Principal Stephanie … [Read more...]

Gov. Deal’s Inauguration Speech

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(Atlanta, GA) -- Gov. Nathan Deal issued a press release Wednesday containing his full State of the State address. See below. "Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Shafer, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, members of the consular corps,  my fellow Georgians: Today … [Read more...]

Murder-Suicide in Lagrange

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(Lagrange, GA) -- Two people died in Lagrange Wednesday afternoon as the result of an apparent murder-suicide. According to a press release issued by the Troup County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 4:03 p.m., deputies with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 3000 block of Roanoke Road in regards to a violent dispute … [Read more...]

Heard BOC January Meeting Rescheduled


(Franklin) -- The Heard County Board of Commissioners Monthly Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. has been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.   … [Read more...]

Troup Authorities Search for Armed Robber

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(Lagrange, GA) -- On January 9, 2015 at approximately 8:57 p.m., an unknown black male entered the Petro Food Store located at 1748 Vernon Rd. with a handgun and demanded money. The male fired one shot in the direction of the store clerk and narrowly missed. The suspect fled the location and appeared to have committed a second robbery within the city … [Read more...]

New Heard County Commissioners Sworn Into Office

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 (Franklin) -- Heard County Board of Commissioner elects were sworn into office to serve their 4-year terms on Dec. 19, 2014 at the Heard County Courthouse at by the Honorable Judge Joseph Bledsoe. Pictured left to right are new District 4 Commissioner Larry Hammond, new District 2 Commissioner Keri Denney, and new District 5 Commissioner Joe Adams. All … [Read more...]

Deal releases Child Welfare Reform Council recommendations


(Atlanta, GA) -- Gov. Nathan Deal this week released the final report of recommendations from his Child Welfare Reform Council. Deal tasked the council in March 2014 with improving Georgia’s child welfare system by completing a comprehensive review of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and advising on possible executive agency reforms and … [Read more...]