May 31, 2020

BRAKING MUSE: Newly identified virus causing a ‘Big Stir’

(Heard County, GA) -- Local wellness professionals and government officials are concerned that a gross misunderstanding of a new ordinance by some residents may have led to a weekend outbreak of a new virus in western Heard County. While the new virus appears to be a sexually transmitted disease that only affects middle-aged married men, officials say they … [Read more...]

Community mourns death of Franklin Mayor Joel Rogers

(Franklin, GA) -- The death of Mayor Joel Rogers leaves more than just a vacancy in Franklin City government. Those who knew Joel W. Rogers believe his passing leaves a hole in Heard County after a lifetime of public service. Mr. Rogers passed away Sunday at age 69 after a battle with cancer and other recent health issues. His passing came during his … [Read more...]

Sara Claudia Tillman: Dating When You’re Blind

(Editor's Note: Special guest speaker Sara Claudia Tillman will be appearing at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church this Sunday, Feb. 23rd at 11:00 AM. All are invited to attend. Below is a recent blog post from her website about dating. To learn more about Sara Claudia's story and read more blog posts, visit or her Facebook page.) Dating … [Read more...]

The Heard Citizen’s Top 40 Good News Stories from the 2010’s

(Franklin, GA) — With the arrival of the year 2020, the Heard Citizen takes a look back at the top 40 good news stories we reported on locally during the last decade. This list was comprised based on several factors including number of views, comments, and shares not only at our website but also on our facebook page. We hope our readers enjoy this look … [Read more...]

Giving spirit abounds at Heard County’s annual ‘Shop with a Cop’

(Franklin, GA) -- Friday the 13th was everything but 'unlucky' for a large contingent of Heard County special needs children that enjoyed the fourth annual 'Shop With A Cop' holiday celebration. The spectacle was something to see as a motorcade featuring Heard County School System's Special Olympics Program and West Georgia area law enforcement descended on … [Read more...]

The Heard Citizen’s Most Inspirational Person of 2018

(Franklin, GA) -- Each January, the Heard Citizen attempts to pinpoint the most inspiring local person in the news from the prior calendar year. In 2015 that person was the late Ms. Lilly Scott, in 2016 that person was Mr. Brett Smith and in 2017 we recognized Mr. Edward Potts. Now we are pleased to announce Ms. Jessica Kirkpatrick as Heard County's Most … [Read more...]

Student Body Right: Young Lady with Autism Voted as Heard County Homecoming Queen

(Franklin, GA) -- Jessica Kirkpatrick may be a little different from her classmates, but that hasn't kept her from receiving the royal treatment this week after being nominated and then selected by her classmates to be a part of Heard County High School's Homecoming Court. The senior ended her special week with a bang after the Heard County High School … [Read more...]

1968 graduate reunited with lost class ring after 50 years

(Franklin, GA) -- A 1968 graduate of Heard County High School had almost forgotten about her senior class ring after not seeing it for almost 50 years until a good samaritan and social media helped her reunite with the priceless lost memento this week. As it turns out, Susan Jacks (maiden name Crockett) had lost the ring while playing in a softball … [Read more...]

Football Fans Say ‘I Do’ at Staples Stadium

(Franklin, GA) -- When it comes to couples who share football fandom, sometimes the love between them is as important as their love of the game. For Heard County Brave fans Charles Israel and Tricia Shepherd, it was a no-brainer to include their favorite football venue, Staples Stadium in their wedding day. The couple, now Mr. and Mrs. Charles Israel, says … [Read more...]

Are you Ready for Hands-Free in Georgia?

(Atlanta, GA) -- During this year’s Legislative Session, Georgia became the 16th state in the U.S., along with the District of Columbia (D.C.), Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to enact a hands-free driving law that prohibits all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures … [Read more...]