December 14, 2019

Chief Scott Parrott presented with Service Award

(Franklin, GA) -- At the November Heard County Board of Commissioner's meeting, Chairman Lee Boone presented Battalion Chief Scott Parrott with a 35-year Service Award. The Board of Commissioners recognized and thanked Scott for his 35 years of dedicated Fire & EMS service to the citizens of Heard County. Pictured above (L-R) are Commissioner David … [Read more...]

No Mo’ Loco in Downtown Franklin

(Franklin, GA) -- Heard County's largest restaurant, LocoMex on The River, closed its doors to customers early this week leaving Downtown Franklin without an establishment that serves distilled spirits. That may be the case only temporarily, however, as the Heard Citizen learned officially today that a new restaurant will be coming to the location early … [Read more...]

Heard County Schools unveil plan for new Performing Arts Center, Gymnasium

(Franklin, GA) -- In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Heard County Board of Education approved the construction of a new $18 million dollar facility to be located next to the campus of Heard County High School. The construction bid was awarded to J & R Construction out of Carrollton, GA. The state of the art facility will house two separate facilities … [Read more...]

Jury finds Joe Randall Bryan guilty of Enticing a Minor

(Franklin, GA) -- A jury found defendant Joe Randall Bryan guilty of enticing a child for indecent purposes Monday in Heard County Superior Court. Bryan was investigated by Investigator Dan Boswell with the Heard County Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul Spann. This was the first jury trial held in Heard County’s … [Read more...]

Approved Franklin City Council Minutes (11/07/19)

Franklin City Council Meeting Minutes CITY HALL COURTROOM Nov. 7, 2019 (6:30 PM) MAYOR & COUNCIL MEETING The Mayor and Council of the City of Franklin, Georgia, met in regular session Thursday November 7, 2019 at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. All Councilmembers, except for Councilmember Jiles, were in attendance. Mayor Rogers began the meeting by welcoming … [Read more...]

$10,000 REWARD still being offered in November burglary

(Franklin, GA) -- A $10,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an unknown burglary suspect or suspects that robbed some local businesses last month. According to a press release issued at the time by Lieutenant Tino Brooks of the Franklin Police Department, a long list of items were stolen including a van … [Read more...]

2019 Heard County Christmas Parade and Event Guide

(Heard County, GA) -- Several community Christmas events are taking place this weekend and HeardCitizen.com has combined the information for all of these local events below for your convenience. City Christmas Parades and correlated events will take place on Friday and Saturday in Franklin, Centralhatchee, and Ephesus. 2019 Christmas Parade and Event … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Former Mayor Brad Yates pleads guilty to Insurance Fraud

***** (EDITOR'S NOTE: After further clarification with the District Attorney, this article has been updated and reposted to include that the sentencing of Yates was done under the Georgia First Offender's Act) ***** (Franklin, GA) -- Former Franklin Mayor Brad Yates entered a guilty plea to 30 counts of Insurance Fraud and one count of Making a False … [Read more...]

Franklin City Council Agenda (12/05/19)

CITY OF FRANKLIN AGENDA MAYOR & COUNCIL MEETING, 6:30 PM, CITY HALL COURTROOM Dec. 5, 2019 CALL TO ORDER Welcome, Mayor Joel Rogers Invocation & Pledge APPROVAL OF MINUTES (Council Meeting Nov. 7, 2019) AMEND THE AGENDA (IF NEEDED) APPROVE THE ORDER OF THE AGENDA DEPARTMENT REPORTS: Finance – Karen Boyd Police Department – Chief Kevin … [Read more...]

GSP reports 12 killed on Georgia roadways during long holiday weekend

(Atlanta, GA) -- Traffic crashes across Georgia during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period resulted in 12 traffic deaths. This year, the holiday travel period was 102 hours long. It began at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and ended at 11:59 PM on Sunday, Dec. 1. Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 556 traffic crashes that resulted in 214 … [Read more...]