December 12, 2017

DAR recognizes Sheriff Henry

(Franklin, GA) -- Sheriff Ross Henry was presented with a certificate at the December meeting of the Heard County Chapter 2587 United Daughters of the Confederacy, for serving as Heard County Sheriff for 21 years and the extras that he does for the citizens and children of Heard County. Sheriff Henry said that he wanted all children in Heard County to have … [Read more...]

Heard County Schools Closed Monday

(Franklin, GA) -- All Heard County Schools will be closed for students on Monday, but staff are asked to report at 10:00 AM if they can make the drive in safely. Superintendent Rodney Kay made the announcement Sunday afternoon. Public safety and school officials do not want to take any chances given the possibility of black ice and potential hazardous … [Read more...]

Record outages for Carroll EMC

(Carrollton/Gradick Communications) -- Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative experienced record numbers of outages due to Winter Storm Benji which began Friday at 10 a.m. with freezing precipitation and continued throughout the night and Saturday morning. The massive storm stretched from southern Texas up throughout Maine and covered the southeast with … [Read more...]

Centralhatchee kindergartner critically injured in t-bone collision

(Centralhatchee, GA) -- A Centralhatchee Elementary kindergarten student is hospitalized at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta following a two-vehicle crash in Roopville Wednesday evening. Leah Alston and her three children were t-boned with 5-year-old Paxton Slade Sanders suffering the worst injuries. Leah and the other two children walked away with only … [Read more...]

Winter Weather descends on Heard County

(Franklin, GA) -- A winter weather system quickly descended on the area late Friday morning forcing the early dismissal of Heard County schools and causing several accidents on local roadways. Heard County students were let out of school at noon as the weather began to deteriorate quickly and superintendent Rodney Kay announced later in the afternoon that … [Read more...]

Convicted sex offender facing new charges

(Franklin, GA) -- A convicted sex offender is again facing several sexual abuse charges against a child in Heard County. 47-year-old Tony Lamar Lewis, Sr. of Franklin was arrested on November 29, 2017 and charged with Aggravated Sodomy (2 cts), Aggravated Child Molestation (2 cts) and Cruelty to Children (2 cts). According to a report by lead Heard … [Read more...]

Former Heard resident posthumously awarded Bronze Star Medal for Heroism at Pearl Harbor

(Written by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Lockwood, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division) (Washington, D.C.) -- The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a combat medal to a Sailor who was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer … [Read more...]

Development authority member completes training from UGA’s Institute of Government

(Athens, GA) -- Rodney Kay recently completed Development Authority Training provided by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government for local leaders who have been appointed or reappointed to an authority. Kay is a member of the Development Authority of Heard County. Participants in the daylong basic training course learn about their … [Read more...]

Former Mayor arrested on felony fraud charges

(Franklin, GA) -- A local business owner and former Franklin City Mayor is in the Heard County jail tonight facing numerous insurance related fraud charges. 45-year-old Michael Brad Yates of Riverside Street in Franklin was arrested by state and local authorities Tuesday morning. According to a report by Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah, Yates is charged … [Read more...]

2017 West Point Lake Monitoring Results

(Lagrange, GA) -- The quality of water in West Point Lake in 2017 met state standards according to results of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s (CRK) annual water monitoring program. Between April and October of each year, CRK devotes one full day out of each month to collect water samples from the lake. The samples are then analyzed in accordance with state … [Read more...]