January 18, 2017

Brave Nation Weekly News & Notes (01/17/17)

(Franklin) — Each week during the sports season, HeardCitizen.com brings you a weekly wrap-up of Brave Nation sports including news, notes, a weekly schedule, and the Brave Nation Player of the Week. Anyone who would like to submit information for the weekly column, a question about anything Brave related, or a nomination for Player of the Week please email … [Read more...]

The Heard Citizen’s Most Inspirational Person of 2016

(Franklin, GA) -- Clearly no other Heard County citizen experienced a more inspirational or noteworthy year in 2016 than one 22-year-old Franklin man, Mr. Brett Smith. Smith, a 2012 Heard High School honor graduate and avid follower of politics since his early teens, made not only state and local news, but national headlines after an emotional moment with … [Read more...]

Baby Brave Reunion

(Franklin, GA) -- The Baby Braves will be holding their first class reunion on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Heard County Elementary School in Franklin. The event will start at 6:30 PM and feature food, festival games, classroom visits, door prizes and more! Baby Braves are asked to wear their official Baby Brave shirts for the first class photo! The … [Read more...]

Principal steps down amid health concerns

(Ephesus) -- The principal of Ephesus Elementary School, Stephanie McRae, submitted her resignation to the Heard County Board of Education earlier this week citing ongoing health concerns as the reason for her early departure. The principal has dealt with neck and spinal problems for several years and more recently has needed to undergo numerous … [Read more...]

Braves sweep Tigers on the road

(Temple, GA) -- The Brave varsity basketball squads returned to action Tuesday night on the road for every important region games at Temple High School and both were able to walk away with big wins. Coach Keith Simmons and the Braves (12-4, 2-0) knocked off the Tigers by a final score of 58-52 to move to 2-0 in Region 5-AA action and they now sit atop the … [Read more...]

Restaurant owner and his associate charged in Butler’s Mill fire

(Graham, AL) -- The restaurant owner and another man were arrested last week in connection to the fire that burned the 150-year-old Butler Mill in Randolph County in October of last year. According to State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen, the Oct. 17 fire was a result of arson. Christopher Phillips, 48, an owner of the Butler's Mill restaurant, and Ruben … [Read more...]

Gov. Deal announces three local schools as award winners

(Atlanta, GA) -- Gov. Nathan Deal, along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), today announced that 218 Georgia public schools in 53 districts will receive Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards, an increase of 31 schools from last year. Three Heard County schools were recognized as Greatest Gains award winners. These schools … [Read more...]

Library Reading Program Allows Kids to DREAM BIG and Earn Circus Tickets!

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY  - Reading with Ringling Bros.!  (Ephesus) -- Kids, are you interested in reading some cool library books?  Are you interested in earning a circus ticket at the same time?  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and area libraries will be hosting some serious fun with 'Reading with Ringling Bros.'  Ephesus Public … [Read more...]

Winter storm packs little punch, no snow

(Franklin, GA) -- The highly anticipated winter storm has come and gone without much fanfare, at least in the Heard County area. Temperatures remain very cold with the high Saturday only anticipated to be around the low to mid 30's, but the area experienced very little if any frozen precipitation or snow overnight. According to Heard County dispatch, there … [Read more...]

Local law enforcement officer being hailed as a hero

(Franklin, GA) -- A local resident and law enforcement officer is being hailed a hero after his quick thinking and swift action likely may have saved a young boy's life. Charles Israel, a resident of Franklin and Detective with the Fairburn Police Department was working security outside a grocery store in Fairburn, GA Monday evening when he spotted the … [Read more...]