Franklin County Commission Chairman candidates (from left) incumbent Thomas Bridges, Nicholas Clark, Sharon Powell and David Strickland spoke at a candidates' forum Tuesday in Carnesville.
Justin Hobbs reaches for a return against Ringgold in the first round of the state tennis tournament last week at FCHS.
Cretia Airial’s photo of the meeting of a horse and cat won first place out of more than 250 entries in the Franklin County Citizen Leader’s annual photo contest. For more on the photo and the other winners, see Page 5B.
Members of the Region 7AAA Champion Franklin County Lions tennis team are (front, from left) Jimmy Nguyen, Michael Hoffman, Bryan Vigueras, Will Freeman, (back) Tre Bennett, Justin Hobbs, Caleb Tompkins, Jonah Chitwood, Will South, Caleb Phillips and Parth Patel.
Members of the championship Lady Lion golf team are (top photo, from left) Coach Harry Marsh, Aleah Hylton, Lillian Goff, Jade Wester, Coach Drew Scoggins, Allie Cobb and Coach Patsy Voyles. The senior members of the Lion golf team are (bottom photo, from left) Will Roper, Chris Stowe and Phoenix Roberts.
John Robert Dye is led to a Franklin County Sheriff's Office vehicle Wednesday to be transported to state prison. Dye pleaded guilty this week to murdering his mother in August 2015.

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Franklin County Commission Chairman candidates (from left) incumbent Thomas Bridges, Nicholas Clark, Sharon Powell and David Strickland spoke at a candidates' forum Tuesday in Carnesville.

CARNESVILLE – The four candidates running for the chairman’s seat on the Franklin County Board of Commissioners outlined their qualifications and plans at a forum Tuesday at the Carnesville Communi

Cretia Airial’s photo of the meeting of a horse and cat won first place out of more than 250 entries in the Franklin County Citizen Leader’s annual photo contest. For more on the photo and the other winners, see Page 5B.

The third Franklin County Citizen Leader photo contest drew more than 250 entries.

John Robert Dye is led to a Franklin County Sheriff's Office vehicle Wednesday to be transported to state prison. Dye pleaded guilty this week to murdering his mother in August 2015.

 

CARNESVILLE – After pleading guilty in Franklin County Superior Court, John Robert Dye was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole for killing his mother, Cynthia Ruth McCollough.

 

CARNESVILLE – The Franklin County School System has a new superintendent.

STAR Student Amber Churchwell (right) and her STAR Teacher Dr. Angela Josey (left) were honored at the recent Honors Breakfast sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

CARNESVILLE – Having a strong work ethic and being self-motivated is taking this year’s STAR Student farther than she thought she could go.

Sports

Justin Hobbs reaches for a return against Ringgold in the first round of the state tennis tournament last week at FCHS.

The Franklin County Lion and Lady Lion tennis teams are each back in the state’s Elite Eight.

Both teams won their first two matches of the state tournament and hosted Westminster in the state quarterfinal round Wednesday. (Results were unavailable at presstime.)

The Lady Lions went on the road to Augusta to face Davidson Fine Arts Monday in their second-round matchup.

Members of the Region 7AAA Champion Franklin County Lions tennis team are (front, from left) Jimmy Nguyen, Michael Hoffman, Bryan Vigueras, Will Freeman, (back) Tre Bennett, Justin Hobbs, Caleb Tompkins, Jonah Chitwood, Will South, Caleb Phillips and Parth Patel.

The only conclusion that can be drawn from the past two seasons of Franklin County Lions tennis is that Parth Patel enjoys pressure.

In both last year and this, Patel was the final Lion on the court in the three biggest matches for the team of the season.

In all of them, Patel’s match went to the third set.

And in all of them, Patel won to clinch a Lion victory.

Members of the championship Lady Lion golf team are (top photo, from left) Coach Harry Marsh, Aleah Hylton, Lillian Goff, Jade Wester, Coach Drew Scoggins, Allie Cobb and Coach Patsy Voyles. The senior members of the Lion golf team are (bottom photo, from left) Will Roper, Chris Stowe and Phoenix Roberts.

On their home course Monday, Franklin County High School’s golf teams dominated their region opponents to claim two 7AAA championships.

The Franklin County Lions claimed just the second region golf championship in school history with a 23-stroke win at Highland Walk Golf Course.

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.

Franklin County Citizen Leader

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