August 3, 2020

Valedictorian Michael Payton to lead Class of 2020 during Saturday ceremony

(Franklin, GA) -- Heard County High School's live graduation ceremony will take place 64 days later than anticipated when the Class of 2020 finally comes together for the commencement ceremony at Staples Stadium Saturday morning. The 9:00 AM event will look a lot different than in years past with social distancing guidelines in place but one thing that will … [Read more...]

Heard County teen charged in fatal shooting

(Lagrange, GA) -- According to a press release issued this morning by the Troup County Sheriff's office, a Heard County teen is facing numerous felony charges in the Sunday evening shooting death of a 22-year-old Lagrange girl. On July 19, 2020 criminal investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after a fatal shooting … [Read more...]

Tragic shooting claims life of 22-year-old

(Lagrange, GA) -- A young Troup County woman died following a shooting late Sunday just north of Lagrange. According to a press release issued by the Troup County Sheriff's Office, 22-year-old Haley Newsom passed away at an Atlanta Hospital following a shooting that took place Sunday evening. Deputies and investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s … [Read more...]

Absentee ballots for the Special Runoff Election

(Franklin, GA) -- Absentee ballots for the Special Election Runoff for District 2 Commissioner have been mailed to those who requested ballots for this election cycle and qualify based on age or disability. If you would like an application for an absentee ballot you may call the Elections Office to request one. You may also access a printable form at the … [Read more...]

Heard County reports its 100th case of COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- Numbers released Sunday by the Georgia Department of Health indicate the 100th case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Heard County. Four new cases were added in Sunday's report bringing the total to 101 since the outbreak began. Heard County reported its first case of Coronavirus on March 18. Total numbers have risen sharply in the month … [Read more...]

Heard County mom still missing after 12 days

 (Franklin, GA) -- Authorities are continuing to seek information in the recent disappearance of a young Heard County mother. 27-year-old Natalie Jones has been missing for almost two full weeks. There have been no confirmed sightings of Natalie since early Sunday morning on July 5. She was last seen near Jackson’s Gap in east Alabama but authorities … [Read more...]

Heard County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan PDMPC Meeting

(Franklin, GA) -- The Local Governments of Heard County are pleased to announce the creation of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning Committee (PDMPC). The Committee is working in cooperation with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Plans & More, LLP Consulting Team to develop a … [Read more...]

Franklin branch of Regions Bank temporarily closed due to COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- According to a media spokesperson for Regions Bank, the Franklin Branch has been closed temporarily for cleaning due to COVID-19 concerns and should reopen sometime in the near future. The branch also closed for a few days in May under the same circumstances. The media spokesperson with Regions released the following statement via email … [Read more...]

Important Update from the Heard County School System

Brave Nation: I hope this letter finds you enjoying the last few weeks of your summer! In my letter on Monday, July 6th, I promised that things would change as we approach the beginning of the school year. As was stated in our video message, we did not see any good virtual learning options out there for our K-5 children. We have continued to look and we … [Read more...]

Coweta teen killed in tragic skydiving accident

(Thomaston, GA) -- A recent graduate of Northgate High School in Coweta County was one of two killed in a tragic skydiving accident Sunday in Thomaston, GA. Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore confirmed to the Griffin Daily News that the accident took place at the Thomaston-Upson County Airport. Nick Esposito, 35, of Warner Robins, and Jeanna Renee … [Read more...]