September 26, 2021

DA releases findings from August 2020 officer-involved shooting in Heard County

Press Release by Coweta Circuit District Attorney John H. Cranford, Jr. (Franklin, GA) -- On Saturday, August 15, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was called by the Heard County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) to conduct an investigation into an officer-involved shooting, during which Heard County Deputy Radford Brooks shot and killed a man named … [Read more...]

Braves headed north after 31-28 playoff win over Panthers

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Braves held off a late charge by the Union County Panthers to earn a spot in this week's round two of the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs. The Braves scored a 31-28 win over the Panthers Saturday afternoon at Staples Stadium and now face a long road trip to North Georgia to meet the Fannin County Rebels. The Rebels mounted … [Read more...]

HISTORY MAKERS: Lady Braves capture 2020 Class AA State Softball Championship

(Columbus, GA) -- The Lady Braves softball team knew the road to Columbus would be long (both literally and figuratively) following a close 3-2 Region 5-AA Championship loss to Bremen on October 15, but they proved Saturday that they were more than up to the challenge. The Lady Braves closed out a perfect 9-0 run through the postseason with a 14-7 win over … [Read more...]

Braves ranked No. 6 after downing unbeaten Tigers

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Braves outlasted the Darlington Tigers in a battle of unbeatens at Staples Stadium in Franklin Friday night. The Braves held on for the 35-30 win after converting a 4th and 7 with just over a minute to go in the game to seal the win. Junior Brave quarterback Maurice Fench found Chief Borders across the middle and the home … [Read more...]

Senior moments spark softball win over rival Callaway

(Franklin, GA) -- The Lady Braves celebrated their three senior players in a Senior Night ceremony prior to Tuesday night's big Region 5-AA home clash versus Callaway. Fittingly, it was those same three players that provided the late fireworks to push the squad to an important 9-1 region win. Seniors Beth Taylor, Alyssa Hall, and Sydney Goddard delivered … [Read more...]

Local State Trooper involved in takedown of couple that kidnapped baby

(Franklin, GA) -- A local Georgia State Trooper was one of the officers involved in the apprehension of a couple accused of kidnapping a baby over the weekend in Chamblee, GA. Authorities believe the couple who kidnapped a 1-year-old baby boy Saturday afternoon intended to raise the baby as their own. Mateo Alejandro Montufar-Barrera was kidnapped at the … [Read more...]

Lady Braves off to strong 3-0 start

(Franklin, GA) -- The Lady Braves softball team followed up on Monday's big season-opening win at Bowdon with two more great wins to improve to 3-0 on the young season. A 7-3 win over Harris County at HCHS Wednesday was especially notable as the Tigers, runner-ups from Class AAAAA a year ago, sport a very potent lineup. The Lady Braves likewise pack a … [Read more...]

Heard BOC approves budget, discusses Old Jail

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Board of Commissioners met for its July meeting Tuesday night at the Heard County Administration Building in Franklin. In attendance were Chairman Lee Boone, District 1 Commissioner Larry Hooks, District 3 Commissioner Gwen Caldwell, District 4 Commissioner Larry Hammond, and District 5 Commissioner David Walls. The … [Read more...]

Family confirms Class of 72 HCHS graduate died from COVID-19

(Franklin, GA) -- A Heard County native was laid to rest Monday after passing away from COVID-19 and her family is asking the public to be mindful of the seriousness of the current coronavirus pandemic. 66-year-old Lugenia Lewis of Franklin passed away on May 18 at Tanner Hospital in Carrollton. The 1972 graduate of Heard County High School was well-known … [Read more...]

Regions Bank announces Wednesday reopening in Franklin

(Franklin, GA) -- A spokesperson for Regions Bank announced in an email Tuesday evening that the local bank will reopen today. The Franklin branch temporarily closed last Friday after Regions learned that an individual who spent time in the branch had experienced COVID-19 symptoms. Under these circumstances, Regions initiates a thorough cleaning of the … [Read more...]