Suspicious Person at The Carnesville Elementary Arrested

Community, Police & Government

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ga. – On October 25, 2022, The Franklin County Sheriff responded to a 911 call from Carnesville Elementary related to a suspicious person at the Carnesville Elementary School on Highway 59.

Multiple witnesses contacted Franklin County 911 reporting a person who had parked on school grounds. The reports involved a person wearing what appeared to be a full-hooded mask with a sleeveless shirt.

The callers were those of concerned parents who were parked for the afternoon school dismissal.

Upon receiving the information Law Enforcement and School Administration become concerned of the method of entry onto the premises and the intentions of the hooded-mask person.

Law Enforcement, along with School Resource Officers, School Security and Staff members utilized the SOFT lockdown procedure. The lockdown was successfully completed that allowed the zone to be secured until the person of interest could be located.

During Law Enforcement patrol the vehicle of interest was located on Clarks Creek Road where a traffic stop was conducted. Law Enforcement found the driver of the vehicle still had the hooded mask in place.

At the traffic stop Officers were able to determine that the driver of the vehicle was the person who had entered the school grounds. The driver was later arrested where he was transported to the Franklin County Detention Center. Authorities located no weapons or other articles or devices that caused concern.

The full hooded mask was seized as case evidence. The perpetrator was formally charged with Disruption or Interference with the operation of Public School

Carnesville Fire Receives Funding from Community for Gear

Community, Feature News
We at Carnesville Fire Department sit at the county seat and have provided fire and emergency medical services since 1977 for the City of Carnesville and surrounding communities. We have taken our roll as emergency responders very seriously since the beginning. While most think a fire department only responds to structure fires and the occasional cat in the tree, the reality is we do much more. We must be ready and capable to respond to a whole myriad of emergency calls. One of which is the possibly of a mass casualty event.
Carnesville Fire Department has worked closely with Franklin County EMS and our sister departments Red Hill & Five Area Fire to train and be prepared should the call come that we must respond to such an event. This may be the result of a multi vehicle accident on I-85 or an active shooter event at a church or school. All of Carnesville Fire personnel are CPR & Stop the bleed certified and yearly participate in a Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) class to be best prepared for such an event.
While conducting our most recent TCCC class our sister departments Red Hill and Five Area fire were also able to receive this much needed training. Combined this brings our total response strength to close to 40 men should the call come. For these responders to best perform their duties it is imperative that they have the tools needed to render aid. Carnesville Fire working with Franklin County EMS personnel identified the best trauma kits to fulfill this need which was two MCI walk kits from North America Rescue. The Two trauma bags were ordered by Franklin Co EMS on behalf of Carnesville Fire and the total being $2,411. These much need bags were paid for by generous and concerned individuals here in the community, Ginn Funeral Home of Carnesville, Livin’ Comfort Heating and Air Inc. of Carnesville and Mr. & Mrs. Darrel & Ann Hortman of Carnesville.
Now that Carnesville Fire has both trauma kits, we are better prepared to respond to a mass casualty event should the call come. We at Carnesville Fire Department would like to extend our appreciation to the businesses and citizens that stood up and financially supported us in this endeavor.
Thank you.
On behalf of all Carnesville Fire personnel
Image below: Trauma Bags and Litter
Image below: Contents of bags consist of various Airway, Breathing and blood control devices along with stretchers for moving injured.
Image description Below: Carnesville Fire members standing with owners of Ginn Funeral Home Sid Ginn and Livin” Comfort Heating Air Brandon Ayers. Mr & Mrs Hortman was not available for photograph.

Everyone Invited to Ceremony Commemorating Memorial Day

Announcements, Community, Press Release
Everyone is invited on Monday, May 31st, 2021 at 9:00 AM for a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring those who have sacrificed in protecting our freedom. We will have a raising of the flags commemorating our heroes.
Please join Dusty Morgan, the Cub Scouts, Miss Kori Esco, Jermore Hill, Jason Nichols. Major Ken Fowler, Marlie Scoggins, and The Patriot Guard at this beautiful ceremony.
Franklin County Veterans Memorial
FC Courthouse
9592 Lavonia Road
Carnesville, Georgia 30521
everyone invited to memorial day ceremony

Franklin High Drama Wins 5th Region Championship

Announcements, Board of Education, Community, Education, Lion's Corner, Press Release
drama wins championship
Franklin County High School Drama brings home another Region 8AAA Championship! This is their 5th Region Championship in 6 years. The team performed The Yellow Boat by David Saar, based on a true story of an 8 year old boy who has hemophilia.


drama department wins

Franklin County High School Drama Members

Other awards include:
Best Sets
Allie Rich All Star Cast for 8AAA
Ethan Pitts for Best Supporting Actor in 8AAA
Gracie Tucker for Best Supporting Actress in 8AAA
Ella Grace Madden won Best Actress in 8AAA
The team moves on to the Elite 8 on February 20.
There will be another community showing on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00.

Franklin County Rotary Club Visits High School

Announcements, Board of Education, Community, Education, Press Release
drama wins championship
The Franklin County Rotary Club members visited Franklin County High School this week and enjoyed a guided tour of the CTAE department. They were also presented with beautiful plaques from the Technology and Construction Departments.
Rotary Club visits High School

Brannon Hulsey (Construction teacher) and Michael Crump, President of FC Rotary

Franklin County Rotary Club visits high school

Kenny Floyd (Technology teacher) and Michael Crump

Franklin County To Host Substitute Teacher Training Day

Announcements, Board of Education, Education, Press Release
drama wins championship
A Substitute Teacher Training class for Franklin County Schools is scheduled for Thursday, January 21st at 10:00am. Training will begin at 10:00am. If you know anyone who might be interested, please help us spread the word!
Go to or contact [email protected] for more information.

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