January 17, 2021

$1000 bonus for every Georgia public school teacher, staff member

(Atlanta, GA) -- Governor Brian Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods plan to pro​​vide a one-time, $1,000 bonus payment to every K-12 public-school teacher and school-level staff member in the state. The bonus payments are intended for all school-level staff in Georgia's K-12 public schools, including teachers, paraprofessionals, school … [Read more...]

PUBLIC NOTICE: City of Franklin Qualifying Fees

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF FRANKLIN, GEORGIA NOVEMBER 2, 2021 ELECTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH O.C.G.A. §21-2-131(a)(1)(A), QUALIFYING FEES FOR THE NOVEMBER 2, 2021 ELECTION HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED AND ARE HEREBY SET AS FOLLOWS: MAYOR  $270.00 COUNCIL POST #1   $90.00 COUNCIL POST #2   $90.00 COUNCIL POST #3   $90.00 COUNCIL POST #4   $90.00 COUNCIL POST #5   … [Read more...]

Autopsy reveals ‘undetermined’ cause of death in Natalie Jones case

(Franklin, GA) -- Heard County authorities have reported inconclusive autopsy results in the death of a 27-year-old Natalie Jones, whose body was found in her car in northern Heard County on October 6, 2020 after she had been reported missing 93 days earlier. In a statement released today, Lt./Inv. Dan Boswell said that a clear cause of death remains … [Read more...]

Special Election Scheduled for March 16, 2021

(Franklin, GA) -- The Heard County School Board has requested that a referendum be held to approve an extension to the education sales tax (known as ESPLOST). This will not be a new tax, only a continuation of the current penny sales tax that helps pay for capital projects and resource materials for our schools. This referendum will be held March 16, … [Read more...]

Two people charged in February 2020 Troup County murder

(Lagrange, GA) -- A Lagrange man and woman have been charged in a death that took place in early 2020. Authorities say that on February 4, 2020, at around 10:30 PM, an adult male identified as Dennis Wayne Binion was found lying in the road in the 4600 block of Hamilton Road with severe injuries. Binion was transported to the Wellstar West Georgia Medical … [Read more...]

Franklin City Council Meeting Notes (01/07/21)

(Franklin, GA) -- The Franklin City Council met Thursday in the Joel W. Rogers Courtroom at City Hall for its January meeting. Those in attendance were, Mayor Kevin Hayes, City Council members Charles Israel, Cindy Putzek, Bo Almond, and Alane Bradfield along with City Clerk Karen Boyd. Councilmen Almond gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of … [Read more...]

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Heard County Tax Commissioner

(Franklin, GA) -- The State of Georgia will be undergoing the next stage in it’s DRIVES program in January 2021. The V12 upgrade will include a DRIVES update and DDS will be converting over to our DRIVES system. This implementation will be more complex and will take longer to complete. As a result of this upgrade, our Motor Vehicle program will shut down … [Read more...]

COVID-19 vaccine available for the expansion of Phase 1-A

(UPDATE #2: All appointments for the Heard County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, Jan 14th are now taken. We are taking appointments for Troup County for Friday, Jan 15 at the Troup County Bus Barn at 100 N Davis Rd LaGrange. To make an appointment call 800-847-4262.) (Franklin, GA) -- Heard County Health Department will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to … [Read more...]

HCHS graduate charged with murder in Lagrange shooting

(Lagrange, GA) -- A former resident and 2015 graduate of Heard County High School has been charged with murder in a deadly New Year's Day shooting in Lagrange. Authorities say 23-year-old Camron Chase Downing was arrested in Carrollton this week in connection to the alleged deadly shooting of 29-year-old Keenan A. Leonard on January 1. According to … [Read more...]

Franklin City Council Agenda (01/07/21)

CITY OF FRANKLIN AGENDA MAYOR & COUNCIL MEETING, 6:30 PM, CITY HALL COURTROOM January 7, 2021 PUBLIC HEARING (2021 Budgets) CALL TO ORDER Welcome, Mayor Kevin Hayes Invocation & Pledge APPROVAL OF MINUTES (Council Meeting Dec. 3, 2020) AMEND THE AGENDA (IF NEEDED) APPROVE THE ORDER OF THE AGENDA DEPARTMENT REPORTS: Finance – Karen … [Read more...]