April 30, 2017

2016-2017 Heard County Teacher and Support Person of the Year

(Franklin, GA) -- On Monday, April 17, 2017 the Heard County School System hosted its annual Teacher of the Year (TOTY) and Support Person of the Year (SPOTY) dinner. All five schools honor their TOTY and SPOTY at the dinner and the school district winners are selected and honored at the dinner as well. The overall system winner of Teacher of the Year was … [Read more...]

West Georgia Cares links people in need with resources that can help

(West Georgia) -- The Community Foundation of West Georgia revolutionized the way those in need and the organizations serving them interacted when it introduced the West Georgia Resource Network in 2007. Now, the foundation is enhancing functions of the community resource network as it evolves into West Georgia Cares which lists services available in … [Read more...]

ATV Trails to be discussed at public meeting on May 16

(Franklin, GA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a public meeting to discuss creating all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails at Bush Head Shoals in Franklin. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at the Heard County 4-H Center (Old Recreation Dept.) on Glover Road. The state recently received a $1.1 million federal … [Read more...]

Man facing charges after burning military flags in Franklin

(Franklin, GA) -- A man is in the Heard County jail tonight after vandalizing and burning several flags honoring the U.S. Armed Forces flags in downtown Franklin this morning. Bruce David Popphand, age 50, allegedly cut the ropes to the five flags and then set them on fire in broad daylight. According to a report by Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah, he … [Read more...]

Franklin City Council Minutes (03/02/17)

FRANKLIN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING March 2, 2017 The Mayor and Council of the City of Franklin, Georgia, met in regular session Thursday, March 2, 2017 at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Rogers began the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance and gave the invocation.  Councilman Almond lead the pledge to the flag. MINUTES OF February 2, … [Read more...]

River cleanup volunteers remove 1600 pounds of trash

(Franklin, GA) -- Despite heavy rains and flooding along with concerns about unsafe levels of E-coli contamination, the 7th annual 'Sweep the Hooch' campaign sponsored by the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization took place last Saturday with some modifications. After deciding that water-based activities (paddlers and waders) would be limited to land-based … [Read more...]

Abby’s Closet: A place for inspiration at local schools

(Franklin, GA) -- Natalie Bacho and her family endured unspeakable on Christmas Day in 2012 when they lost their beloved daughter Abigail following a two-vehicle accident involving a distracted teen driver. Mrs. Bacho and her husband created the Abby's Angels Foundation a few months after their daughter's death to honor Abby's memory. Abby's Angels … [Read more...]

Chattahoochee Old Town hosts annual HCSO Egg Hunt

(Franklin) - Chattahoochee Old Town (formerly Brush Creek Park) played host over the weekend to a large group of young children who enjoyed the 20th annual Heard County Community Easter Egg Hunt. The spring weather was ideal for the annual holiday event sponsored by Sheriff Ross Henry and the Heard County Sheriff’s Department. The 2017 edition of the hunt … [Read more...]

Grant approved for proposed ATV park in Heard County

(Franklin, GA) -- Several hundred acres of state-owned property near Franklin could someday become a large all-terrain vehicle adventure park. The state has owned the 700-acre Bush Head Shoals property, located along the Chattahoochee River a few miles east of Franklin for several years but has never developed the property. The proposed ATV park would be a … [Read more...]

Friday accident claims life of local father

(Carroll County, GA) -- A Heard County man died late Friday as a result of injuries he sustained during a single-vehicle accident in southern Carroll County Friday. Josh Shelnutt, age 37, was a father of two young girls and attended Heard County schools with the Class of 1998. According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, Shelnutt failed to maintain … [Read more...]