January 18, 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...]

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...]

HELP WANTED: Survey Technician

HELP WANTED (Ephesus, GA) -- Immediate opening for an experienced Survey Technician at Merritt Paul Land Surveying. Technician must be willing to travel; must be organized and hard-working. We are looking for someone that can work outdoors in many different environments. This field based role includes Boundary Surveys, Construction Staking, and ALTA … [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...]

Braves down Warriors heading into region slate

(Franklin, GA) -- A huge second half effort propelled the HCHS boy's basketball team to a 59-39 win over Oak Mountain in Franklin Friday night. The Braves led by just a single point 17-16 at the half before jumping out to a seven point lead after the third quarter. Junior Isaiah O'Neal and senior Ayden Cannon each had big nights to once again lead the … [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...]

Mr. Thomas Awbrey

Mr. Thomas Alonza Awbrey, Sr., age 93, of Franklin passed away January 7, 2021. His funeral services will be conducted Saturday January 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM from Franklin First Baptist Church with the Revs. Neil Awbrey and Andrew Owensby officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin City Cemetery. Honorary pall bearers will include his lifelong community … [Read more...]