August 27, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Heard BOC Calls for Ceasefire at Local Shooting Range

The Heard County Board of Commissioners (L-R): Chairman Lee Boone, Larry Hooks, Keri Denney, Gwen Caldwell, Larry Hammond, Joe Adams

(Franklin, GA) -- The August meeting of the Heard County Board of Commissioners took place Tuesday night and the first order of new business was a discussion about the concerns of some local citizens regarding the Advantage Tactical shooting range on Franklin Parkway. Chairman Lee Boone added the discussion to the agenda primarily because of recent … [Read more...]

Franklin Breaks Ground On New City Hall

Pictured (L-R): Headley Construction Superintendent Allan Tavel, Headley Construction Project Manager Christopher Gilliam, Headley Construction President Mitchell Headley, Alan Bell Architect Mark Smith, Councilman Cliff Jiles, Councilwoman Alane Nelms, Mayor Joel Rogers, Heard County Commission Chairman Lee Boone, and Councilman Shane Manders

(Franklin) -- The City of Franklin held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning for the new City Hall building on the square in downtown Franklin. The city council approved a bid of $719,000.00 from Headley Construction from Newnan at the August council meeting and signed the official contract on August 10. "I would like for the citizens of Franklin to … [Read more...]

Chattahoochee River Polluter Fined $10 Million


(Atlanta, GA) -- US District Court Judge Orinda Evans levied a $10 million penalty on American Sealcoat Manufacturing LLC (Sealcoat) for unlawful discharge of toxic pollutants into the Chattahoochee River near Fulton Industrial Park. The Judge ruled in a Clean Water Act complaint brought by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), which discovered and reported the … [Read more...]

Heard County BOC Agenda (08/25/15)


AGENDA HEARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING JUNE 23, 2015 – 6:30 P.M. I.  CALL TO ORDER II.  WELCOME, INVOCATION, AND PLEDGE TO THE FLAG III.  PUBLIC HEARING – Road Abandonment of Evans Drive IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES V.  AMEND AGENDA VI.  NEW BUSINESS a.  Discuss Concerns Regarding Shooting Range b.  Confirm Purchase of Codes Enforcement … [Read more...]

Brave teen battles back from Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Ally plays for the Mystics travel ball squad in the spring and summer

(Franklin, GA) -- Undoubtedly, the return of the 2014 State Champion Heard High School softball team to the diamond this season has been a welcome event for Brave fans throughout the county, but the return to the infield by one player is one of the inspiring stories of the fall sports season. Ally Harris, a product of the Ephesus community, has seen … [Read more...]

Alabama man arrested on child sex abuse charges

Chad Dwayne Burke

(Franklin) -- An Alabama man is facing charges in Heard County for alleged sexual abuse that took place over a year ago in Heard County. According to a report by lead investigator Sgt. Lisa Perry of the Heard County Sheriff’s Office, Chad Dwayne Burke, 25, faces two counts of aggravated child molestation for two incidents of aggravated sodomy which … [Read more...]

Shooting Range Raises Ire of Local Citizens

(Photo: Advantage Tactical Company, LLC on Facebook, February, 2013)

(Franklin, GA) -- A group of Heard County citizens have filed several complaints recently in regards to a local outdoor shooting range and the Heard County Board of Commissioners have agreed to discuss any concerns about the range at their next meeting this Tuesday, August 25. The shooting range in question is located just north of the city limits of … [Read more...]

Big Changes At The Development Authority

Julie Pope

The Times~Journal (Franklin) -- On Tuesday, August 11th Julie Pope, Executive Director of the Development Authority of Heard County, tendered her resignation to the board of directors. Julie served as executive director for 11 years. Julie worked to enrich the quality of life within Heard County through efforts to encourage new and expanding economic … [Read more...]

Hank Barnes Completes Awesome ‘Journey of Hope’

2015 Journey of Hope

(Washington, D.C.) -- A former Heard High Student athlete, Mr. Hank Barnes completed an amazing Journey earlier this week when he cycled to the nation's capital in Washington, D.C., completing a 3,700 mile Journey with some of his fraternity brothers while raising funds for a good cause. The Journey of Hope began in 1987 when one member of the fraternity Pi … [Read more...]

Heard Students return to School

Heard County Superintendent Jerry Prince

(Heard County) -- The 2015-2016 school year officially began on Friday for all elementary, middle, and high school students in the Heard County School System. With school buses and parents transporting kids each morning and afternoon, motorists are reminded to use extra caution especially in school zones. See a few back to school photos in the slideshow … [Read more...]