July 2, 2015

Supreme Court ruling comes at perfect time for area couple

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(Newnan, GA) -- A landmark ruling Friday by a divided Supreme Court allowing same-sex couples to marry nationwide came at the perfect time for a Heard County graduate and her life partner. Maria Whitten, a member of the HHS Class of 2002 and her new wife Angie Whitten were the first couple to file for a marriage license at the Coweta County courthouse … [Read more...]

Local man jailed on child molestation charges

Daniel James Stonebraker

(Franklin, GA) -- A man is behind bars at the Heard County jail following his recent arrest on several charges including child molestation. 47-year-old Daniel James Stonebraker of Hwy 100 in Franklin is charged with two counts of Child Molestation, two counts of Aggravated Child Molestation, two counts of Enticing A Child For Indecent Purposes, and two … [Read more...]

Carrollton Man Charged after Hospital Bomb Threat

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(Carrollton, GA) -- Authorities have arrested a Carrollton man today after a bomb threat disrupted normal activities at an area hospital earlier this morning. According to a report by Gradick Communications, 30-year-old Matthew McConnell is charged with making terroristic threats after he allegedly phoned in a bomb threat to Tanner Medical Center in … [Read more...]

Authorities Searching for Fugitive in Randolph County

Audel Cabrera Penaloza

The Randolph Leader (Roanoke, AL) -- On Monday morning, Randolph County Sheriff's Department received a call from the U.S. Marshals' office in Montgomery regarding warrants on a Hispanic male who was living at Watts Trailer Park on Old Highway 431 near Morrison Crossroads. Audel Cabrera Penaloza, 27, is wanted on three counts of kidnapping in Georgia and … [Read more...]

Heard County BOC Agenda (06/23/15)

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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.  Approve 2015-2016 Budget b.  Decision on Road Abandonment of Evans Drive c.  Discuss … [Read more...]

Woman charged in tax return scam

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(Lagrange, GA) -- On June 18, 2015, Troup County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators assisted Special Agents with the Georgia Department of Revenue in the arrest of a woman that defrauded the State of Georgia of more than two million dollars. Charged and arrested is Rainnessia Stiggers, age 43 of West Point, Georgia. Stiggers and others … [Read more...]

BRAG Pedals through Franklin

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(Franklin) -- The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia or BRAG for short is an annual week-long trek across the state. It's not a race but a time to pedal your problems away and explore this great state from the seat of your bike. On June 8th around 500 hundred BRAG riders traveled through Franklin on a 62.4 mile ride from Newnan to Carrollton. BRAG had a rest stop … [Read more...]

Troup Man Indicted in March Homicide

Christopher S. Rice

(Lagrange, GA) -- A Troup County grand jury indicted a LaGrange man last week for the murder of a Franklin man earlier this year. 20-year-old Christopher S. Rice is charged with one count of Malice Murder in the March stabbing death of Jerry L. Folds, 39, of Franklin. Folds' death occurred at a hunting club in the 3100 block of Hammett Road in northern … [Read more...]

Georgia Fireworks Information

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(Georgia) -- July 4th is less than a month away and that means a very wide selection of celebratory explosives or fireworks will be going off around the state and with the passage of Georgia House Bill 110 which goes into effect on July 1st, Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff would like to give the public some information regarding the state law regarding … [Read more...]

Fire destroys Rock Mills home

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(Randolph County, AL) -- A fire that began between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday destroyed the home of Adam and Megan Calhoun and their three children. A cause has not been determined. The home is located at 69936 Hwy. 22, east of Rock Mills. Adam was not at home at the time. According to Adam's father, Steve Calhoun, Megan was awakened by squawking of the … [Read more...]