March 29, 2020

A COVID-19 message from Chairman Lee Boone

TO THE CITIZENS OF HEARD COUNTY: First, I hope all of you are doing as well as can be expected with what is going on. I know most of you have read or heard about the order from the Heard County Board of Health (whom I am Vice Chairman of) that went into effect March 28, 2020 at 12:01 am. If you have not read it, please take the time to do so. As of the … [Read more...]

Young mother charged with murder of newborn found in cooler

(Troup County, GA) -- Authorities in Troup County have made an arrest in the unsolved case of a deceased newborn that was found in a cooler on the side of the road in early 2019. On January 6, 2019, investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after a deceased newborn was found on the side of the road inside a cooler on Boy … [Read more...]

A Message From Sheriff Ross Henry

Heard County Citizens: First and foremost, I would like to thank the citizens of Heard County for your cooperation and patience as we deal with the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. As you know, this event has been a learning curve for all of us. With all the updated information and guidelines coming out from the CDC and the Georgia Dept. of Public … [Read more...]

Board of Health issues “Shelter in Place” order for Heard County

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Board of Health, along with mayors of the local municipalities and members of District IV Public Health, met in an emergency called meeting on Wednesday, March 25th to discuss what steps may be appropriate to protect Heard County residents during the COVID crisis. Board Chair Rodney Kay expressed concerns regarding the … [Read more...]

Gov. Kemp closes public schools through April 24

(Atlanta, GA) -- Governor Brian P. Kemp issued an Executive Order Thursday morning closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020. The order means the earliest Heard County students may return to school would be on Monday, April 27, 2020. "I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, … [Read more...]

Georgia Income Tax and Tag Renewal Deadlines Extended

(Atlanta, GA) -- Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Monday that the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), in conformance with the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is automatically extending the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. "Aligning with this decision makes filing … [Read more...]

Town of Centralhatchee declares State of Emergency

(Centralhatchee, GA) -- The Town of Centralhatchee has continually been following the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis and has been in communication with GMA (Georgia Municipal Association), Governor Brian Kemp's office, and our local public safety officials getting frequent updates. Although an official standard direction has not been established by the State … [Read more...]

Franklin woman charged with assault in Alabama

(Roanoke, AL) -- A local woman was arrested in Alabama earlier this week in connection with an assault from this past summer. According to a report from Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, 41-year-old Misty Lynn Adams of Franklin is charged with first-degree assault. Adams is accused of stabbing another woman multiple times during an argument on County … [Read more...]

First COVID-19 death in Heard County

(Franklin, GA) -- The one and only Heard County patient confirmed to have the COVID-19 virus has died. A media representative with the Governor's office confirmed the death to The Heard Citizen Tuesday afternoon. As of this afternoon, the patient was the only officially confirmed case in Heard County according to the Department of Health. The details of … [Read more...]

Heard County Government declares State of Emergency

(Heard County, GA) -- Heard County Chairman Lee Boone announced this afternoon the county is officially declaring a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Read the official release of information below: HEARD COUNTY  DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY  WHEREAS, The Board of Commissioners, the Emergency Management Director, and the Sheriff are … [Read more...]