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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Buchanan aims to hire new chief this month
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Buchanan plans to hire a new police chief by the end of this month, according to plan introduced during the city council’s work session of Aug. 26.

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“A Night in Hungary” offers exotic food and wine
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Ever had toltott kaposzta? (That’s stuffed cabbage with a Hungarian twist, for those not familiar with European dishes.) 

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Bremen approves tax roll back
Posted: August 27, 2014

The city of Bremen unanimously approved a reduced millage rate and a revised zoning ordinance during their regular meeting last Monday. 

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First Lady Deal celebrates successful summer in Haralson County
Posted: August 27, 2014

Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal stopped in Tallapoosa on Thursday to officially kick off the new school year and celebrate the success of the Seamless Summer Program. 

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Haralson County, cities discuss implementing new SDS
Posted: August 27, 2014

Haralson County commissioners and the mayors of her four cities held a tense meeting last week over the Service Delivery Strategy plan they have all just signed, but in the end managed to reach an agreement on how to move forward in implementing their blueprint for sharing the cost of government services.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Meng Lim makes history with election win
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm

On July 22, Attorney Meng H. Lim made history by winning the contested seat for Superior Court Judge of Tallapoosa Circuit in the Georgia Primary run-off elections. Upon his investiture, Lim will become the first elected Asian American Superior Court Judge in Georgia.

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City preps for Waco Fest
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm

If you’ve noticed the slightly cooling temperatures, then you know it’s almost time for Waco Fest. The city of Waco will once again pull out all the stops for their annual city-wide event that draws hundreds of visitors inside the city limits for a full day of fun on Sept. 13.

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Buchanan approves millage, budget
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Buchanan citizens who may be upset over recent turmoil within the city police department were told to “suck it up” and to “act like people, instead of children” during the Aug. 12 city council meeting, at which the main business was approving a new budget and voting to maintain the millage rate.

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State reps hold impromptu development meeting
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 4:04 pm

A group of Haralson County’s civic, business and political leaders gathered for what turned into an impromptu economic development summit on Aug. 12, prompted in part by a no-show by Georgia’s governor.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Bremen earns lower ISO rating
Posted: August 13, 2014

The City of Bremen received a new Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating last month from the standard-setting body, resulting in possible savings for city residents.

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Diamond Crystal donates $10,000 to Bremen Food Bank
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 5:27 pm

A crowd of people gathered at the Bremen Food and Clothing Bank on Friday to offer up thanks and to celebrate a significant contribution from a local business, as Diamond Crystal Brands of Bremen presented a check to the non-profit organization for $10,000.

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BOC approves SPLOST referendum; Vote will ask two questions
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Haralson County Commissioners approved a referendum designed to keep Special Local Option Sales Tax revenues flowing for another six years during their regular meeting on Aug. 5.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Haralson County increases millage rate
Updated: August 09, 2014 - 10:46 am

Haralson County property owners will see their taxes go up after county commissioners last week approved an increase in the county millage rate – but not unanimously and not without controversy.

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Buchanan names interim Chief, approves SDS
Updated: August 09, 2014 - 10:46 am

The Buchanan City Council has appointed an interim police chief to replace former Chief Tracy Lambert, but in the process bypassed a veteran officer on the force and sparked controversy within the department’s ranks.

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Bremen rolls back millage rate
Posted: August 06, 2014

The City of Bremen announced a millage roll back for 2014 for both Haralson County Bremen and Carroll County Bremen during their regular meeting on July 21.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
Man shot, killed in Tallapoosa
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 10:50 am

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has been requested to assist in the investigation of the death of Keith Donnal Lee Jr., 22, who was shot early Monday morning in Tallapoosa.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Water woes yield investigation
Posted: July 30, 2014

The issue of obtaining adequate water pressure at Haralson County High School’s new Career Technology and Agricultural Education (CTAE) addition has spawned an investigation into state documents and numerous – sometimes tense – communiques between the Haralson County School System, the Haralson County Commissioners, and the Haralson County Water Authority in an attempt to resolve the issue.

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CAC reaches training goal in Haralson County
Posted: July 30, 2014

Haralson County has reached a tipping point. However, unlike most tipping points that have ominous connotations, this is actually a positive tipping point. After next week, Haralson County will become the third county in the state to train 5 percent or more of its adult population with Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children curriculum. 

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Rebel Fest welcomes students back to school
Posted: July 30, 2014

This year, Haralson County students will be welcomed back to school by more than just the usual greetings from teachers and friends as area churches have come together and partnered with the school system to throw a back-to-school Rebel Fest at Haralson County High School this Saturday.

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New florist opens in Corinth Community
Posted: July 30, 2014

Robin Taylor says she is truly answering a calling. 

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Haralson County holds hearings for millage increase
Posted: July 30, 2014

The second and third public meetings on a planned increase in the Haralson County millage rate will be on Thursday, followed by a vote the same evening. If the county commission follows through with its plan, the millage rate will be increased for the first time in five years.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Lambert resigns as Buchanan chief
Posted: July 23, 2014

Buchanan Police Chief Tracy Lambert has resigned and will leave the office on Aug. 6.

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County schools keep stable millage rate
Posted: July 23, 2014

The Haralson County Board of Education approved the proposed $32.2 million budget during their regular meeting Tuesday, July 15, keeping the millage rate at 16.83 mills.

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Bremen schools partner with Honda Lock
Posted: July 23, 2014

Bremen City Schools has signed an agreement with Honda Lock through Great Promise Partnership to provide at-risk Bremen High School students with an option to work while still attending school and receiving class credits. 

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Lim takes judgeship, Robinson keeps seat, BOE post changes
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 10:27 am

In Tuesday’s runoff election, local attorney Meng Lim beat out Polk County’s Chuck Morris Jr. for the Superior Court Judge slot on the Tallapoosa Circuit; Haralson County Commissioner Sammy Robinson will keep his seat; and incumbent David Hurst will turn over his post on the Haralson County School Board to challenger Matthew Hobbs. 

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
County approves budget increase, looks to hike millage
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Haralson County commissioners are poised to increase the budget for government operations and to raise the millage rate for county property owners.

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Bremen Food Bank holds back-to-school event
Posted: July 16, 2014

Bremen’s Recreation Department will play host to thousands of children this Saturday, but they won’t be playing sports. Instead, they will be getting ready to go back to school at the Bremen Food and Clothing Bank’s annual Back to School event. 

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Bremen, Tallapoosa outline SPLOST projects
Updated: July 21, 2014 - 6:00 pm

As the Nov. 4 election draws near, local municipalities and the county have begun getting their paperwork together for the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) vote, which will be on the ballot again this year. As part of these preparations, the cities are submitting their list of projects that SPLOST VI will pay for. 

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Haralson changes insurance providers again
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Haralson County had hoped to save a half million dollars next year on health insurance for its employees – but those anticipated savings evaporated last month when the company offering the plan decided it could not follow through.

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Buchanan holds budget hearings, city caboose makes progress
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 5:04 pm

During a called budget meeting on July 3, the City of Buchanan agreed to continue operating on their current budget and to publish the necessary advertisements so they can move forward with future budget meetings and approve the 2015 budget as soon as possible.

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Churches bring message to area children at music camp
Posted: July 09, 2014

Seven-year-old Madee Boatwright has attended Summer Music Camp for many years, but this year marks the first time she has ever auditioned for a solo part. She performed a song she wrote herself for the camp coordinators during her tryout last Sunday. Madee was pleased to receive a call later in the day congratulating her on a great audition and letting her know which solo would be hers.  

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Thursday 07/03/2014
County approves repairs to jail roof; Haralson to get new industry?
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 12:12 pm

(Editor’s Note: This article was sent to press before the County’s July 1 meeting due to early deadlines to accommodate the July 4 holiday.)

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Bremen youth reaches goal six years in the making
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Twelve-year-old Andrew Weaver of Bremen was one of just a hand-full of kids recognized at this year’s Peachtree Jr. Road Race in Piedmont Park.

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Buchanan to cut officer from budget
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 12:13 pm

The City of Buchanan will let one of its nine police officers go in an effort to cut costs, as the town comes to grips with an expected loss of income in the next fiscal year.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
Tallapoosa set for 4th of July celebration
Posted: June 26, 2014

Once again, Tallapoosa will play host to Haralson County’s largest Fourth of July Celebration, with a parade, fireworks, watermelon cutting and a new location for their morning program.

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Runoffs: Voters can go back to the polls on Monday
Posted: June 26, 2014

Early voting begins Monday for the runoff election that will decide who will represent District 4 for the Haralson County commission, District 5 for the county Board of Education, and which of two candidates will be the next judge for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit.

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Country music star partners with local clothing manufacturer
Posted: June 26, 2014

The Sewell Companies, a local manufacturer of men’s and women’s clothing and uniforms for the U.S. military, has been producing tailored garments in the South for almost 100 years.

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Sunday sales start July 1 in Bremen
Posted: June 26, 2014

The city of Bremen has accepted the results from the May 20 election and approved the effective date for Sunday sales.

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Wednesday 06/18/2014
Former judicial candidate withdraws elections lawsuit
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 4:42 pm

A lawsuit by a candidate who challenged the results of last month’s election for Superior Court judge, alleging improper conduct and errors that affected the vote tally, has been dismissed.

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HC schools launch free summer food program
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 4:42 pm

This summer, Haralson County Schools is participating in the summer feeding program – which means they will be handing out free meals to all children in the area, regardless of the school they attend, where they live or their family income. 

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BHS concession construction moves forward
Posted: June 18, 2014

The Bremen Board of Education approved their Guaranteed Maximum Price contract with R.K. Redding Construction of Bremen for the new concession stand and rest rooms at the Bremen High School football field during their regular meeting last Monday. 

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Value in tax digest dips dramatically
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 4:43 pm

When local officials sit down to work out their budgets for the next fiscal year this summer, one topic is sure to dominate the conversation: the shrinking tax digest. 

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Cities, county reach SPLOST agreement; County plans to renovate boot camp
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 10:40 am

After weeks of on-and-off talks, the county and its municipalities have reached a verbal agreement on how the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will be distributed and used. 

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Benefit concert, bake sale to be held for the Condrey Family
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 10:37 am

Saturday will mark almost three months since the horrific bus accident that left 17-year-old Maggie Condrey with many broken bones and a long battle with rehabilitation.  

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Foundation donates drug ID equipment
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 10:36 am

Thanks to the Dakota Dyer Foundation, the Bremen Police Department has a new tool to use as they fight the war on drugs – the Mobile Field Lab (MFL)- 3000.

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Thursday 06/05/2014
Haralson Schools change bus routes, school times
Updated: June 05, 2014 - 4:16 pm

The Haralson County Board of Education approved a motion to split bus routes into two tiers during their work session on Tuesday, allowing for the separation of older students from younger ones and alleviating the need to double up on routes. As a result, all schools will see a change in their bell schedules.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
SPLOST talks hit brick wall, Buchanan wants new jail
Posted: June 04, 2014

Discussions between the county and cities about the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum took a new turn on Wednesday when representatives from the city of Buchanan raised the issue of building a new jail inside the city limits. 

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CTAE addition half way there
Posted: June 04, 2014

Excitement is growing over the new addition at Haralson County High School that will house the Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) classrooms.

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Buchanan discusses budget, SPLOST options
Posted: June 04, 2014

The future of the Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) was an issue that hung over the May 27 work session of the Buchanan City Council, as council members discussed the city’s immediate needs and financial outlook.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
Cities, County have preliminary SPLOST discussion
Posted: May 28, 2014

Representatives from Haralson County, Bremen, Buchanan and Tallapoosa met last Thursday morning to discuss the upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales (SPLOST) referendum, which will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. 

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BHS Graduation

Bremen High School students toss their mortarboards, or "caps," into the air at the end of graduation ceremonies on Friday night. BHS graduated 149 seniors in the Class of 2014.

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