July 30, 2014

Troup Investigators Seek Shooting Suspect

Matthew Wilson Strickland

(Lagrange, GA) -- Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office are searching for Mathew Wilson Strickland, 35 years of age, of LaGrange, after a shooting approximately one week ago. The incident was not immediately reported. During this investigation it was learned that Strickland shot one victim in the back with a shotgun blast and held a gun to … [Read more...]

Heard County BOC Chairman Addresses Scam Phone Calls


(Franklin) -- Chairman Lee Boone, head of the Heard County Board of Commissioners, sent the following statement to local media Friday afternoon addressing concerns over a phone scam where the commissioner's office phone number is showing up on the Caller ID. According to Boone's statement, the Heard County Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation into … [Read more...]

Election Do-Over: District 5 Special Election set for September


(Franklin) -- All three candidates will be back on the ballot for a special election for Heard County Commissioner of District 5 which will take place on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Early voting will begin on August 18 at the Heard County Courthouse, while the Franklin and Southwest precincts will both be open on the official special election day September … [Read more...]

Alabama Authorities Continue to Search for Alleged Rapist

Vic keith

 From the Randolph Leader, Vanessa Burnside (Woodland, AL) -- Randolph County Sheriff's Department requests the public's assistance in looking for Billy Lamar "Vic" Keith, 36, of Woodland. Keith is a black male, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is wanted for rape, sodomy and enticing a child for immoral purposes. Last week, the … [Read more...]

Boil Water Notice Lifted


(Franklin) -- The boil water noticed issued by the Heard County Water Authority earlier this week has been lifted. All water samples were negative for contamination and customers no longer need to boil their water before use. The Boil Water Notice was issued on Monday following a water main break in the Highway 100 South area between Franklin and … [Read more...]

HCMS Students to Perform in Thanksgiving Day Parade at Disney World

Pictured above (L-R): Tristen Corbin, Tori Manders, Morgan Kay, and Jade Sanchez

(Memphis, TN) – Jade Sanchez, Tristen Corbin, Tori Manders and Morgan Kay from Heard County Middle School are part of a group of more than 500 elementary, junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that will perform in the 2014 UCA/UDA Thanksgiving Tour at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida. The individuals … [Read more...]

Lightning Strike Destroys Local Home


(Franklin) -- According to Heard County Fire Chief Steve Wirth, Sunday evening's bad weather is to blame for a house fire which left a local family's home in ruins. Reports indicate the call came in at 8:48 p.m. Sunday about the house fire at 4151 Pike Road just south of Franklin. The structure sustained heavy fire and water damage due to a lightning … [Read more...]

Troup Man Charged with Sex Crime

Earnest Dean Reese

(Troup County, GA) -- According to a press release issued Monday by the Troup County Sheriff's Office, investigators with the Special Victims Unit arrested Earnest Dean Reese, 54 years of age, of Troup County, Georgia on July 19, 2014. Investigators charged Reese with one count of Incest, after an investigation revealed that Reese sexually assaulted a … [Read more...]

Some Local Residents asked to Boil Water


(Franklin) -- A water main break is causing water pressure in parts of the water system to drop to dangerously low levels. When this occurs a potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from backflow and/or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into the water distribution system. In order to protect the public from a potential … [Read more...]

BOC Meeting Agenda (07/24/14)


AGENDA HEARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING JULY 24, 2014 – 6:30 P.M. I.  CALL TO ORDER II.  WELCOME, INVOCATION, AND PLEDGE TO THE FLAG III.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES IV.  AMEND AGENDA V.  NEW BUSINESS Approve Bid for Renovations to Glover Road Gymnasium Approve Contract with Clough Harbour Appointments to Heard County Board of Tax … [Read more...]