July 4, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Local Church Fellowship Hall Damaged by Morning Fire

Photo: Heard County Fire Department

(Franklin, GA) -- The fellowship hall of a local Heard County church suffered severe damage after a fire broke out Thursday morning. According to a press release issued by Heard County Fire Chief Steve Wirth the blaze was reported Thursday morning at 9:27 a.m. The Heard County Fire and Emergency Services responded to the call at El Bethel Missionary … [Read more...]

Supreme Court ruling comes at perfect time for area couple


(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


(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...]

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services Needs Adoptive Families


(Atlanta, GA) -- The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is looking for adoptive families for approximately 200 children in its care. On June 3, DFCS launched a marketing campaign to recruit adoptive parents throughout Georgia for those children who have been permanently separated from their birth families. There is a particular need for … [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...]

Local Library Seeks Old Heard County Brave T-shirts


(Ephesus) -- The Ephesus Public Library is taking donations of Heard County Braves t-shirts. If you have any old t-shirts like this that you do not use anymore, please bring them to the Ephesus Library, 200 Rogers Street, Roopville, Georgia, 30170.  Thanks so much for all your help! … [Read more...]

Heard County BOC Agenda (06/23/15)


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...]

Career Expo Tuesday in Douglasville


(Douglasville, GA) -- The number of employers expected to participate in this week’s career expo in Douglas County has more than doubled in recent days, providing more opportunities for area job seekers. The expo is co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) and West Georgia Technical College. It will be held Tuesday, June 23, from 4-7 p.m. at … [Read more...]

Woman charged in tax return scam


(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...]