March 30, 2015

Gosdin Wins City of Ephesus Council Seat

New Ephesus City Council Member Ray Gosdin

(Ephesus) -- The City of Ephesus held a Special Election on March 17, 2015 for the replacement of Ephesus City Council Member Wayne Prince. Prince, who passed away on December 27, 2014, was a life-long resident of Ephesus and contributed greatly to the betterment of the community. He was a Charter member of the Ephesus City Council which he served on for … [Read more...]

Lagrange suspect charged in murder of Franklin man

20-year-old Christopher Rice of Lagrange is charged with Malice Murder

(Troup County, GA) -- Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff announced via press release Sunday evening that an arrest has been made in the murder of 39-year-old Jerry Lee Folds of Franklin. The body was located around the 3100 block of Hammett Road Sunday morning after a welfare check was requested by investigators with the Franklin Police … [Read more...]

Franklin man found dead in Troup County

Folds

(Troup County, GA) -- A 39-year-old Franklin man was found dead by Troup County authorities early Sunday morning in a rural area of northeastern Troup County. According to a press release issued earlier by Troup County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Stewart Smith, the body of 39-year-old Jerry Lee Folds was located around the 3100 block of … [Read more...]

Heard County BOC Agenda (03/24/15)

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AGENDA HEARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING MARCH 24, 2015 – 6:30 P.M. I.  CALL TO ORDER II.  WELCOME, INVOCATION, AND PLEDGE TO THE FLAG III.  INVITED GUESTS – KATHY KNOWLES, HEARD COUNTY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES V.  AMEND AGENDA VI.  NEW BUSINESS a.  Discuss Bids for Paving Projects – Surface Treatment Multiple Roads; Asphalt … [Read more...]

Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol educates Georgia lawmakers

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and members of the Georgia Wing of Civil Air Patrol

(Atlanta, GA) -- During Civil Air Patrol’s 2015 Legislative Day on March 11, Members from the Georgia Wing and West Georgia Composite Squadron here in LaGrange, GA helped briefed law makers at the state capitol on how the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s primary missions –emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs – make a difference in their … [Read more...]

GSP Graduates 30 Trooper Cadets in 96th Trooper School

96th Class

(Forsyth, GA) -- On March 16, 30 newly graduated troopers will report to their assigned posts throughout the state of Georgia. This is the 96th Trooper School for the Georgia State Patrol. The graduation took place on Friday, February 20, 2015, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth after 31 weeks of intense training. Governor Nathan Deal … [Read more...]

Executive Director Retires from HCWA

Mr. Jimmy Knight

(Franklin) -- Citing health reasons, Jimmy Knight took an early retirement recently from his position as Executive Director of the Heard County Water Authority. Knight has served as the HCWA Director since 2006. He had already planned to retire in November of this year, but decided to do so early after complications from recent back surgery prolonged his … [Read more...]

Franklin City Council March Meeting

Demolition has begun at the site of the new City Hall in Franklin

(Franklin) -- The City of Franklin held its monthly meeting on March 5, 2015 at City Hall. Mayor Joel Rogers called the meeting to order. All council members were in attendance. Councilman Bo Almond gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Council approved the minutes of the February 5 meeting. City Clerk Myra Braswell gave the financial … [Read more...]

Edwards Pleads Guilty in Death of UWG Student

Samuel Lewis Edwards

(Carrollton, GA) -- A Franklin man accused of abducting and killing a University of West Georgia student in October of 2000 pleaded guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Carroll County Superior Court Friday. 36-year-old Samuel Lewis Edwards entered his guilty plea just days before he was scheduled to go to trial on several counts including murder. Edwards … [Read more...]

HES Triumphs at RESA Academic Bowl Championship

2015 West Georgia RESA District Champions - Front (L-R): Jacob Cabe, Sam Grizzard, Andrew Rogers, Nate Pike, Brianna Hill - Second Row (L-R): Luke Mitchell, Ethan May, Jayde Cook, Marybeth Brown - Back Row (L-R): Coach Loretta Shaw, Mayah Jones, Coach Sheri Phillips

(Villa Rica, GA) -- The Heard Elementary School Academic Bowl team outsmarted all of the competition during the 2015 West Georgia RESA District Academic Bowl Finals hosted Thursday afternoon by Ithaca Elementary School in Villa Rica. The HES team of 10 students outlasted 44 other teams during the season as well as 15 other teams at the finals en route to … [Read more...]