April 2, 2020

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...]

BREAKING NEWS: Georgia extends school closures through remainder of school year

(Atlanta, GA) -- Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced Wednesday afternoon the extension of school closures in Georgia through the remainder of the school year. During a 4:00 PM press conference, Kemp ordered schools to be closed for the rest of the school year and will issue a state-wide shelter in place order starting Thursday to last through April … [Read more...]

Burglary suspect fumbles way to new drug charges

(Roanoke, AL) -- A local man already facing burglary and theft charges in Franklin is now facing additional drug charges in Alabama after allegedly dropping his meth stash in the parking lot at his place of employment. According to a Roanoke Police Department arrest report, 34-year-old Clint Teal of Franklin was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine … [Read more...]

Franklin’s April City Council Meeting Cancelled

(Franklin, GA) -- For the safety of the public and city employees during the current Heard County Shelter in Place order, the City of Franklin's April City Council meeting scheduled for this Thursday, April 2 has been cancelled. … [Read more...]

Health Department continues to urge Social Distancing

(Franklin, Ga) -- The Georgia Department of Public Health expects more positive COVID-19 cases given the additional testing by Georgia Department of Public Health and private providers. This increase will occur irrespective of current control measures being put in place by local and the state governments, likely until past Easter. This increase in positive … [Read more...]

Absentee Voting for the General Primary Election

(Franklin, GA) -- The next election on the calendar is the General Primary on May 19, 2020. The Elections Office has been given every indication that this election will go on as planned. If a voter did not cast a ballot in the Presidential Preference Primary (postponed from March 24, 2020), they will receive a ballot that also contains the Presidential … [Read more...]

Census Day in Heard County (April 1)

(Franklin, GA) -- Census Day is still Wednesday, April 1, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced the U.S. Census Bureau to extend the deadlines for response. The bureau sent out invitations to respond to all of the nation’s households earlier this month. Residents originally had until July 31 to respond to the surveys online, or by phone or mail, but that … [Read more...]

Update on Heard County Government Services

Update on Heard County Services (1)  Public access to County Facilities is still prohibited. (2)  The Commissioner's Office is partially staffed daily to receive calls during regular business hours. (3)  Calls for other administrative departments are encouraged before 12:00 pm, and any messages left should expect a return call within 24 hours. (4)  … [Read more...]

Sheriff’s Office issues warning about sign theft

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County Sheriff’s Office recently received a report of the theft of campaign signs. This is just a reminder that this is considered a theft of property and is punishable by law. If you have any information on who may be removing campaign signs or see this action taking place, you are asked to contact the Heard County Sheriff’s … [Read more...]

A COVID-19 message from Chairman Lee Boone

TO THE CITIZENS OF HEARD COUNTY: First, I hope all of you are doing as well as can be expected with what is going on. I know most of you have read or heard about the order from the Heard County Board of Health (whom I am Vice Chairman of) that went into effect March 28, 2020 at 12:01 am. If you have not read it, please take the time to do so. As of the … [Read more...]