May 26, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Franklin man charged with child rape, sodomy

Matthew Lanier Collier

(Franklin, GA) -- A Franklin man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl over a three year period. 33-year-old Matthew Lanier Collier, a resident of Holiday Road, is behind bars at the Heard County jail after being arrested Friday on sexual assault charges. According to a report issued this morning by Investigator Sergeant Lisa Perry … [Read more...]

Recent UGA graduate juggled more than just schoolwork

(L-R): Amber, Abigail, and recent UGA graduate Drew Keim

(Athens, GA) -- On May 7, Drew Keim became the first person in his family to graduate from college – a feat he managed to accomplish while simultaneously raising his three-year-old daughter. With two part-time jobs and a full course load, Keim quickly learned how to balance his busy academic life with his responsibilities at home. "I came up here, and the … [Read more...]

Memorial Day, Tradition and Meaning

memorial day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before … [Read more...]

HHS Graduates 121 during 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Photos Courtesy of Rodney East

(Franklin) — Heard County High School graduated 121 students Friday evening during the commencement ceremony held at Staples Stadium. An overflow assembly of family, friends, and members of the community were in attendance to usher off the Class of 2015 into the next phase of life. Principal Rodney Kay welcomed those in attendance after the processional … [Read more...]

4th Annual Bravy Award Results

2015 Bravy Winners

(Franklin) – A large crowd packed into the Heard County Middle School gymnasium Wednesday night for the 2015 Bravy Awards Show sponsored by Heard County Middle School Athletics in conjunction with The fourth annual version of the unique award show featured nominees from sports and other activities throughout the county including the … [Read more...]

Local resident crowned 2015 Miss PruittHealth

(L-R Front) -- 1st Runner up Mrs. Ella Wright of Franklin, the winner Mrs. Annie Wilkes of Franklin, Georgia Winner, crowned Ms PruittHealth Franklin 2015 L-R Back-Ms. Judith Beach of Miami, Florida, Ms. Sarah Blocker of Augusta, Georgia, Ms. Christine Jordan of Midway Alabama and Ms. Terry Helton of Newnan Georgia

(Franklin) -- PruittHealth of Franklin sponsored a Beauty Pageant on Thursday May 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM. The emcee for the program was Sheila Moody, the DHS at PruittHealth. Contestants were Mrs. Ella Wright of Franklin, Georgia, Mrs. Annie Wilkes of Franklin, Georgia, Ms. Terry Helton of Newnan Georgia, Ms. Sarah Blocker of Augusta, Georgia,  Ms. Christine … [Read more...]

HHS Student accepted into TIA Program

Angela Thompson (L) and Jessica Bolling (R)

(Franklin) -- Jessica Bolling, student at Heard County High School, has been accepted into the Tanner Connections program. The Tanner Connections/Teens in Action (TIA) program is a partnership between Tanner Medical Center and local high schools that provides unpaid internship opportunities to high school students. Those high schools which have Career … [Read more...]

Student wins random prize draw at HCMS Book Fair


(Franklin) -- Alyssa Mills, sixth grade student, won the random prize drawing for the spring book fair at Heard County Middle School. Her prize included books, Subway coupons and other fun items. Using a web-based random number generator, her number (62) was picked Tuesday morning during The Morning Show announcements. Prizes were selected using Scholastic … [Read more...]

Experience Of A Lifetime


Written by Harlee Rood (Franklin) -- Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a foreign country even for a little while? Miranda Ríos does, she is a tenth grade foreign exchange student at Heard County High School from Barcelona, Spain. She loves Franklin so far, and loves many aspects of it. Miranda loves the farms, animals, and the different things … [Read more...]

Village Inn Employee Reunion Thank You

Village Inn Employee Reunion

(Franklin) -- For everyone that was able to attend, thank you for coming to our Village Inn Employee Reunion. Over the years, we built so many unforgettable relationships. We consider each of you a part of our family. We enjoyed all the warm welcomes and well wishes, during our fellowship time over lunch. Then we took a walk down memory lane by looking at … [Read more...]