April 8, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Kemp to extend Georgia’s State of Emergency through May 13

(Atlanta, GA) -- Governor Brian P. Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and House Speaker David Ralston today announced plans to extend Georgia’s public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Under state law, the Governor may renew the public health state of emergency, which was otherwise set to expire on April … [Read more...]

Local church to host ‘drive-up’ Easter Sunday worship service

(Franklin, GA) -- Prospect Church is planning to host a very special "drive-up" worship service this weekend to celebrate Easter Sunday. The event will take place at the Flat Rock Campgrounds on HWY 34 about four miles west of Franklin this Sunday, April 12 beginning at 11:00 AM. The Easter service will be led by Prospect Pastor Brandon Brooks who says all … [Read more...]

Heard County ranked 3rd in Georgia for Census response rate

(Franklin, GA) – The 2020 census self-response rate for Heard County households was 51.9% percent as of this morning, the 3rd highest percentage among the 159 Georgia counties, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. In comparison, the Georgia census self-response rate stands at 42.6%. The Census Bureau also reports that 45.1% of the households nationwide … [Read more...]

Absentee Ballot Applications in Heard County

(Franklin, GA) -- The State of Georgia has mailed an absentee ballot application to every voter in active status as of March 30, 2020. If you receive an application and wish to get an absentee ballot, please fill out the application completely. When filling out the application, pay attention to the following areas of the form: #3 – Alternate Address: This … [Read more...]

CDC now recommends people consider wearing cloth face masks in public

(Franklin, GA) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now recommending the voluntary use of face coverings when in public. But they may not be effective at preventing coronavirus. Are you still at risk of coronavirus if you wear a homemade mask in public? Why are N95 masks considered better? The most important takeaway from the CDC's … [Read more...]

Town of Centralhatchee council meeting cancelled

(Centralhatchee, GA) -- For the safety of the public, our employees and city council members during the current Heard County / State of Georgia Shelter in Place Order, the Town of Centralhatchee is cancelling its April City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 13th. … [Read more...]

Latest COVID-19 update from Chairman Boone

To the Citizens of Heard County: I hope all of you are well, and would like to commend the Brave Nation for doing your essential part in the fight to keep this invisible enemy out of our county. Our "confirmed" case numbers are the same as last week, which demonstrates a unified team effort that is working. If I was a coach shouting instructions to the … [Read more...]

Details on Georgia’s Statewide ‘Shelter in Place’ Order

(Atlanta, GA) -- Gov. Brian Kemp Wednesday announced he would be issuing a statewide shelter in place order due to the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Kemp signed the order Thursday afternoon and the following explains what that means for Georgia residents. The order goes into effect at 6:00 PM today (Friday, April 3) and is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, … [Read more...]

Weekly Arrest Reports (04/03/20)

Franklin Police Chief, Kevin Hannah, has issued the following list of individuals arrested in the city of Franklin and their various charges: No arrests in the City of Franklin this week. Heard County Sheriff, Ross Henry, has issued the following list of individuals arrested in Heard County including their various charges: Vance Tanner Noles 21, Lane St. … [Read more...]

Superintendent Kay to HCHS Senior Class: “You’ve Done Enough”

(Franklin, GA) -- Heard County students won't get the chance to complete the current school year in a classroom setting. "I will sign an executive order today closing K-12 public schools for the rest of the school year," Gov. Brian Kemp said in a news conference Wednesday. Gov. Kemp said the decision came after recommendations from numerous health … [Read more...]