April 15, 2021

Authorities asking for public’s help in identifying theft suspect

(Franklin, GA) -- The Franklin Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the unidentified male in the photos above after a catalytic converter was stolen from a Heard County van at the Old Recreation Department in Downtown Franklin. FPD Investigator Tino Brooks says the theft occurred at around 12:15 AM on Saturday, March 20, … [Read more...]

A message of thanks from Franklin Mayor Kevin Hayes

Press Release from Franklin Mayor Kevin Hayes: As the assessment and recovery phase continues in the City of Franklin, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every individual, business, group, and state agency that has contributed to the cleanup efforts in our community. The impact of the tornado that wreaked havoc on our city late Thursday … [Read more...]

NWS says historic EF-Tornado likely originated on Redland Road

(Franklin, GA) -- The National Weather Service says that an EF-4 tornado that slammed Coweta County overnight on Thursday and early Friday morning was one mile wide at its peak with maximum wind speeds at 170 mph and likely originated just west of Franklin near Redland Road. The preliminarily report shows that the tornado could be the same one that moved … [Read more...]

26-year-old Carrollton man drowns while trying to rescue his son

(Carrollton, GA) -- A Carrollton man drowned Saturday while trying to rescue his son. Authorities say 26-year old Stefan Hunt-O’Neal, a Carrollton fitness instructor, drowned Saturday after diving into Lake Seaton to rescue his son who had fallen into the water. Carroll County Coroner Keith Hancock identified O’Neal as the victim in a report by Gradick … [Read more...]

Heard County man facing charges after shooting his younger brother

(Franklin, GA) -- A 54-year-old Heard County man is facing charges after shooting his younger brother in the head during an argument. Bruce David Popphan is charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder and Aggravated Assault following the incident that took place at 260 Whitlock Drive near the Corinth community in southwestern Heard County. According … [Read more...]

Local fugitive shot, killed by U.S. Marshals in Montana

(Billings, MT) -- Multiple sources indicate that wanted local fugitive, Christopher Eric Cook, was killed earlier today following a multijurisdictional chase in the state of Montana. According to a press release issued by Chief Deputy Timothy Hornung with the U.S. Department of Justice, members of the U.S. Marshals-led Montana Violent Offenders Task Force … [Read more...]

Heard Middle FFA leads food drive to support Franklin Food Pantry

(Franklin, GA) -- Classes from Heard County Middle School collected over 1000 pounds of food to support the work of The Franklin Food Pantry. The Franklin Food Pantry is open to serve Heard County residents in need of food each Friday morning from 8:00 AM until Noon at 1191 Franklin Parkway. The drive was initiated and led by the HCMS Future Farmers of … [Read more...]

Heard County BOC Agenda (03/23/21)

AGENDA HEARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING March 23, 2020 – 6:30 P.M. Heard County Administration Building 201 Park Ave., Franklin, GA 30217 I.  CALL TO ORDER II.  WELCOME, INVOCATION, AND PLEDGE TO THE FLAG III.  PUBLIC HEARINGS a.  Application to Rezone from Rural Development to Agricultural- Arrington Road IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Called meeting … [Read more...]

Franklin man wanted for aggravated stalking and terroristic threats

(Franklin, GA) -- Local authorities are asking for the public's help finding a wanted man. Franklin police say 41-year-old Christopher Eric Cook has outstanding warrants for Aggravated Stalking and a felony charge of making Terroristic Threats. According to FPD Lt. Tino Brooks, investigators are unclear if Cook is currently armed but say that he should be … [Read more...]

Heard County Convenience Centers return to normal hours

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Convenience Centers have returned to normal hours of operation under daylight savings time. The normal hours are printed on the reverse side of each permit and also available on the Heard County website. Thank you for your cooperation in our efforts to maximize the daylight hours of operation during seasonal time changes. … [Read more...]