Pictured at the state sectional tournament in Morgan County Saturday are (from left) manager Juliet Trubiano, state qualifiers Abe Hafez, Logan Coker, Brandon McGarity, Chase Pritchett, Eshun Hall and manager Kirby Tyner.
The Franklin County Lion wrestling team will take six members to the state tournament, which begins today in Duluth. To qualify for the state championships, wrestlers had to finish in the top eight in their weight classes at the sectional meet, held... more
A Dodge truck determined to have been stolen from the T.I. Automotive parking lot near Lavonia wrecked on I-85 during a chase with deputies last week. The driver of the truck fled and is at large. (Photo courtesy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department)
CARNESVILLE – A total of 16 vehicles were broken into at T.I. Automotive near Lavonia last Thursday and personal items ranging from pocketbooks and wallets were among the items stolen from the vehicles. An East Point man was later charged with the... more
Longtime Franklin County Citizen Leader staff member Denise Matthews died Friday at her home.
Franklin County Citizen Leader News Editor Denise Matthews passed away Friday morning at her home. Denise was a staff member for the Franklin County Citizen, The News Leader and the Franklin County Citizen Leader for more than 21 years. She was an... more
Lavonia Chamber of Commerce President Susan Poole presents Gary Fesperman with the Hank Tye Memorial Good Citizen Award during a chamber meeting Monday.
  LAVONIA – Former Lavonia City Manager Gary Fesperman was honored with the Hank Tye Memorial Good Citizen of the Year Award Thursday during the January meeting of the Lavonia Chamber of Commerce. Fesperman retired as city manager in December.  He... more
The Franklin County Middle School seventh and eighth grade Lady Cub basketball teams won region championships this week in tournament play in Toccoa. For complete coverage, see Page 1B.
  Two teams. Two championships. The Franklin County Middle School seventh and eighth grade Lady Cubs basketball teams each won region championships in tournaments that ended earlier this week. The seventh grade Lady Cubs defeated Stephens County 34-... more
Carolyn Ten Broeck and Kandice S. Eberhardt have shared many adventures with Denise Matthews, who announced her retirement this week. Kandice even got to meet professional wrestler Steve Austin during one of their outings.
  This is another “you-won’t-believe-it-happened-to-Denise” articles, except this time it’s something you won’t read in a Denise Matthews’ column. Instead, it’s written by two people who willingly stepped into the Matthews’ aura and were swept away... more
Pictured at the state sectional tournament in Morgan County Saturday are (from left) manager Juliet Trubiano, state qualifiers Abe Hafez, Logan Coker, Brandon McGarity, Chase Pritchett, Eshun Hall and manager Kirby Tyner.
A Dodge truck determined to have been stolen from the T.I. Automotive parking lot near Lavonia wrecked on I-85 during a chase with deputies last week. The driver of the truck fled and is at large. (Photo courtesy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department)
Longtime Franklin County Citizen Leader staff member Denise Matthews died Friday at her home.
Lavonia Chamber of Commerce President Susan Poole presents Gary Fesperman with the Hank Tye Memorial Good Citizen Award during a chamber meeting Monday.
The Franklin County Middle School seventh and eighth grade Lady Cub basketball teams won region championships this week in tournament play in Toccoa. For complete coverage, see Page 1B.
Carolyn Ten Broeck and Kandice S. Eberhardt have shared many adventures with Denise Matthews, who announced her retirement this week. Kandice even got to meet professional wrestler Steve Austin during one of their outings.

News Stories

A Dodge truck determined to have been stolen from the T.I. Automotive parking lot near Lavonia wrecked on I-85 during a chase with deputies last week. The driver of the truck fled and is at large. (Photo courtesy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department)

CARNESVILLE – A total of 16 vehicles were broken into at T.I.

Longtime Franklin County Citizen Leader staff member Denise Matthews died Friday at her home.

Franklin County Citizen Leader News Editor Denise Matthews passed away Friday morning at her home.

Lavonia Chamber of Commerce President Susan Poole presents Gary Fesperman with the Hank Tye Memorial Good Citizen Award during a chamber meeting Monday.

 

Carolyn Ten Broeck and Kandice S. Eberhardt have shared many adventures with Denise Matthews, who announced her retirement this week. Kandice even got to meet professional wrestler Steve Austin during one of their outings.

 

This is another “you-won’t-believe-it-happened-to-Denise” articles, except this time it’s something you won’t read in a Denise Matthews’ column.

Longtime staff member Denise Matthews has been named editor emeritus of the Franklin County Citizen Leader.

Sports

Pictured at the state sectional tournament in Morgan County Saturday are (from left) manager Juliet Trubiano, state qualifiers Abe Hafez, Logan Coker, Brandon McGarity, Chase Pritchett, Eshun Hall and manager Kirby Tyner.

The Franklin County Lion wrestling team will take six members to the state tournament, which begins today in Duluth.

To qualify for the state championships, wrestlers had to finish in the top eight in their weight classes at the sectional meet, held Friday and Saturday at Morgan County High School in Madison.

The Lions took nine wrestlers to the sectional tournament.

The Franklin County Middle School seventh and eighth grade Lady Cub basketball teams won region championships this week in tournament play in Toccoa. For complete coverage, see Page 1B.

 

Two teams. Two championships.

The Franklin County Middle School seventh and eighth grade Lady Cubs basketball teams each won region championships in tournaments that ended earlier this week.

The seventh grade Lady Cubs defeated Stephens County 34-25 Monday at Stephens County Middle School in Toccoa.

Peyton Rivers drives past a Dawson County defender during action Tuesday night.

The Franklin County Lions and Lady Lions each have three regular season games remaining.

The teams will travel to Banks County Friday.

On Saturday, the squads will take the long ride to Blue Ridge to face Fannin County to make up for a game that was cancelled by bad weather last Friday.

The teams’ will finish the regular season Feb. 5 at home against East Hall.

Free Local Publications

Inside this week's issue is the annual Franklin County Christmas section, which includes letters to Santa from local second graders and photos from all of the Christmas events in Franklin County th

Obituaries

Amanda Myers

CARNESVILLE – Amanda Lee Myers, 43, of 95 Mayfield Circle in Carnesville, died Nov. 18, 2015, at Regency Hospital in Greenville, S.C.

There will be a private memorial service held by the family in the near future.

Coile-Hall-Spagnoli Funeral Home of Hartwell – chsfuneralhome.com – was in charge of arrangements.

 

LAVONIA – Bobbie Ann Wilson Pierce, 78, of Lavonia died Sept. 30, 2015, at her home. Born Aug.
CARNESVILLE – Kathryn Elizabeth Mc-Connell Worley, 70, of Carnesville, died Oct.

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