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Tuesday 01/13/2015
Haralson crashes yield two fatalities Monday
Posted: January 13, 2015

Two traffic fatalities in Haralson County claimed the lives of two women on Monday – Karen Philhower and Ashley Prescott. 

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Man dies in local house fire
Updated: January 13, 2015 - 4:48 pm

A local man has died in a fire after his home was engulfed in flames early Saturday morning.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
NLB adds to community aid efforts
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 11:14 am

The Christmas season may be over, but the spirit of giving is still alive and well at No Longer Bound, as their efforts to help the community are still going strong.

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Bremen public safety looks ahead to 2015 goals
Posted: January 07, 2015

As the new year begins, the City of Bremen is looking forward to 2015 in the form of its annual city plan.

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Possum Drop 2014
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 11:14 am
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Wednesday 12/31/2014
CCC welcomes crowd to Feed the Hungry event
Posted: December 31, 2014

While most of us were rushing to finish up our shopping and errands on Dec. 23, a large group of volunteers was making sure that those most in need had a memorable Christmas.

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Bremen creates oversight committee
Posted: December 31, 2014

The Bremen City Council approved the creation of an oversight committee during their regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 15. 

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Meng Lim to be sworn in Jan. 15
Posted: December 31, 2014

The Hon. Meng H. Lim became the first elected Asian-Pacific American Superior Court judge in Georgia on July 22. Judge Lim was sworn in as a new judge before the beginning of his official term in a local ceremony on Dec. 4, before family, friends and supporters. Judge Lim will be officially sworn in on Jan. 15, 2015, in Polk County, Ga., by Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson.

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
HC Transit spreads Christmas cheer
Posted: December 24, 2014

One Haralson County department is out to prove that our senior residents don’t have to miss out on all the holiday seasonal fun. 

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Buchanan to discuss youth center at pubic hearing
Posted: December 24, 2014

The Buchanan City Council will take up the issue of a youth center planned for Tallapoosa Street during their first meeting of the New Year.

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Billy Dean and Steel Horses ring in New Year at Mill Town
Posted: December 23, 2014

The last time that Billy Dean performed at Mill Town Music Hall, he shared the stage with three other songwriters during the Heart Behind The Music Songwriter’s Showcase tour. On New Year’s Eve, Dean and his band, Steel Horses, return to Mill Town with a rollicking concert welcoming the New Year.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
HCFD Chief urges caution after recent fires
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 11:49 am

Haralson County Fire Chief Brian Walker urges residents to be cautious this winter when using heat sources to ward off the cold after two fires devastated local families this week, one taking the life of 2-year-old Levi Andrew Robinson. 

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Bremen BOE OKs max price, new lighting for stadium
Posted: December 17, 2014

The Bremen City Board of Education approved numerous resolutions related to the new Bremen High School Stadium during their regular meeting Monday, Dec. 9.

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Bremen residents have new water payment option
Posted: December 17, 2014

The City of Bremen has listened to its citizens’ requests for an online bill payment system, and as of Nov. 20, residents can do just that. 

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Berry returns to Mill Town for holiday show
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 11:49 am

Lately, there has been a quiet exodus of musicians collaborating with established Nashville songwriters. In 2012, Georgia native John Berry went a step further and moved his family to Nashville.  Back by popular demand, Berry is completing his third visit to Bremen’s Mill Town Music Hall, presenting his much-publicized annual holiday concert.

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Saturday 12/13/2014
Man charged with sexual battery on Georgia Tech campus
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 9:36 am

A Bremen man is accused of sexually assaulting two female students on Georgia Tech’s campus earlier this week.

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Fleece Navidad Project helps local kidney dialysis patients
Posted: December 13, 2014

The year 2012 began with a terrifying medical diagnosis for 36-year-old Brent Vohun, Career Technical Instruction Coordinator at Haralson County High School. The doctors said he had scar tissue on his red blood cells, which led to a kidney malfunction of more than 90 percent.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
BHS Stadium gets new look, new name
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 10:32 am

If you had a favorite seat in the home-side bleachers at the Bremen High School Stadium, it is gone. Demolition of the bleachers took place the week of Thanksgiving. However, don’t fret. It’s all part of the plan – the plan to complete major renovations at the Blue Devil Stadium.  

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Haralson BOE’s Stanton resigns
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm

The Haralson County Board of Education purchased a water tank for the CTAE expansion and announced that Superintendent Brett Stanton would be resigning in February during their regular work session Tuesday, Dec. 2.  

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Buchanan hosts Simply Christmas
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm

For the third year, the Haralson County Historical Society will bring local businesses together in a one-stop holiday shopping location at the Historic Haralson County Courthouse in Buchanan. This annual event, Simply Christmas, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Countdown to the Possum Drop begins
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm

West Georgia’s largest New Years Eve celebration will return again this year, culminating the Christmas season in Tallapoosa. Earlier in the season, there was the Thanksgiving Day Christmas open house, Christmas in Possum Snout, featuring Tallapoosa’s local businesses, the lighting of the Christmas tree, and the Christmas Parade sponsored by the Tallapoosa Business Association.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Fatal Fire
Posted: December 09, 2014

Firefighters with the Haralson County Fire Department work to put out the embers remaining from a house fire on South Kelley Street in Tallapoosa, which claimed the life of a 2- to 3-year-old child this morning. The fire began around 10 a.m. today. It is currently unknown how the fire started, but The Times-Georgian and Tallapoosa Journal are awaiting further details. 

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
County approves changes to MOU with HPPG
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 1:40 pm

After weeks of intense wrangling, Haralson County and Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) have hammered out an agreement whereby the county will receive a much-needed economic boost, while the Japanese manufacturer will enjoy further incentives to continue expanding here.

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Tallapoosa participates in Mayor’s Christmas Motorcade
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Christmas comes once a year for most in the United States, but for some, it doesn’t come at all. 

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Students, teachers ready for new standardized tests
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Parents, when your student sits down to take their standardized test at the end of the year, it won’t be like what you or your child have come to expect. This year, students will sit down in front of the Georgia Milestones Test, a comprehensive and consolidated version of the End of Course Test (EOCT) and Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), the new mode of assessing student preparedness and achievement for grades 3 through 12.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Farm Tour warms interest in agriculture despite cold temps
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 11:14 am

Despite freezing weather, some three dozen people explored a local orchard, a farm, a ranch and a vineyard Friday, Nov. 14, during the annual Farm City Tour, sponsored by the Haralson County Farm Bureau in association with the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce, Commissioners, Cattlemen, UGA Extension Service, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and West Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District.

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HC school board approves HPPG MOU
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 11:14 am

The Haralson County Board of Education held a called meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, to discuss a Memorandum of Understanding with Honda Parts and Precision of Georgia (HPPG), issues with the water tank at the high school, a facilities use agreement with GO TELL Ministries and the possible purchase of new buses.

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Haralson mulls hiring consultant, discusses jail repairs
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 11:14 am

Haralson County Commissioners are discussing whether to hire an expert to help recoup potentially thousands of dollars in tax revenues that are now unreported by companies with equipment mounted on cell towers.

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Monday 11/24/2014
Train strikes man in Bremen
Posted: November 24, 2014

A train remains sitting where it came to rest after striking a pedestrian who was trying to cross the tracks north of McPherson Street in Bremen on Monday afternoon. Bremen Police Chief Keith Pesnell reported that two elderly men were trying to cross the tracks on a steep incline as the train was coming toward them. One of the men tried to sit on the edge of the tracks and then scoot down the slope away from the tracks, but didn't get out of the way in time as the train struck his back. The man was life flighted to an Atlanta hospital. The other man was not harmed.

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Get ready for ‘Christmas in Possum Snout’ this week
Posted: November 24, 2014

It’s Christmas in Tallapoosa!

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Local police receive body-worn cameras
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Local police have a new weapon in their arsenal of crime-fighting gadgets: a video camera. 

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Doritos spot shot locally seeks $1M prize
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 12:42 pm

The director of a TV commercial declared Saturday “It’s a wrap!” after two days of shooting on a horse farm in northern Haralson County. The commercial is a late entry into the Doritos Super Bowl Challenge to see which 30-second spot will win the grand prize of $1 million and actually be aired during Super Bowl XLIX (49) on Feb. 1, 2015, at Phoenix University Stadium in Glendale, Aria., according to David Ross Jr., President of LensHead Piktures and director of the shoot. 

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Haralson BOE mulls new water tank issue
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 12:42 pm

The Haralson County Board of Education received a disappointing report during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11, as Facilities and Maintenance Director Tony Partridge reported new mandates from the state fire marshall. 

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
BHS’ One Act cast claims state honors
Posted: November 12, 2014

After topping the charts at region competition, the Bremen High School One Act Play Team showed up to state competition with a show they knew could compete with.  

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BOC axes two furlough days for employees
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Haralson County commissioners endorsed seeking a new grant to finish a canoe trail designed to bring tourists into the county during their regular monthly meeting on Nov. 4, and decided to split a budget windfall between a river-related project and county employees.

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Waco checks in on budget
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 4:04 pm

The City of Waco reviewed their budget and approved a building lease, a change to their gas meter and a resolution to participate in 811 during their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 3.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Bremen schools’ grad rate 3rd in state
Posted: November 06, 2014

Bremen City Schools have reason to celebrate after the recent arrival of the state’s graduation rates, as BCS has the third highest percentage in the state.

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BOC appoints first female Co. attorney
Posted: November 06, 2014

Haralson County commissioners have chosen the first woman ever to serve in the post of county attorney.

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
HC voters approve SPLOST
Posted: November 05, 2014

After what has amounted to two years of planning, negotiating and then promoting by local officials, Haralson County voters finally voiced their opinion Tuesday on the proposal of the next iteration of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, SPLOST VI. And plenty of people wanted their opinion heard. 

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Thursday 10/30/2014
SPLOST: What to know before you vote
Posted: October 30, 2014

As election day draws nearer, there seems to be some confusion about the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI referendum and what exactly it means for Haralson County. With that in mind, the Beacon has created this fact sheet of information about the upcoming referendum, how much funds will be generated, and how local governments plan to use them.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
County seeks 2nd grant for canoe trail, spars over website
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 11:35 am

A routine work session for Haralson County commissioners got heated on Oct. 22, when a discussion over the county government’s website exploded into raised voices over how the site is being maintained.

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“It’s All About Me” games focuses on special needs
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 11:35 am

Special needs individuals from at least four counties will show their “horse sense” while having fun during the second annual “It’s All About Me” games at Possum Snout Arena west of Tallapoosa on this Saturday, Nov. 1, according to Founder and Chairperson Sandra Floyd of the Haralson County Rachel’s Wish Foundation. 

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City approves BOE’s refinancing
Posted: October 29, 2014

The City of Bremen approved a resolution to support the Bremen Board of Education in their efforts to refinance an existing bond the school system is paying on. A resolution is required from the city because they are the levying entity for the school system.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Buchanan swears in new police chief
Posted: October 22, 2014

The City of Buchanan inducted Chad Henderson as their new police chief during their regular City Council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 14. 

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Bremen schools announce SAT scores
Posted: October 22, 2014

The Bremen City School Board made a money market transfer, reviewed their wellness program and announced their SAT scores during their regular meeting last week. 

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Kenny Loggins comes to Mill Town
Posted: October 22, 2014

One of the music industry’s most renowned songwriter’s, Kenny Loggins, will appear at Mill Town Music Hall on Oct. 27.  Primarily heralded as “The King of the Movie Soundtrack,” Loggins recorded 12 Platinum Albums (one million units), a feat most entertainers never reach.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
HCHS named Highest Progress school
Posted: October 15, 2014

Haralson County High School, a Title One school in the Haralson County Schools system, was recognized recently for the progress and improvement in performance of all its students, as it achieved ranking in the top 10 percent of all Title One schools in Georgia over a three-year period. 

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Waco leases old city hall
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 1:31 pm

The city of Waco approved a lease-term agreement with Strategic Management Consultants, approved a donation to Leadership Haralson and reviewed the minutes from their Sept. 23 called meeting during their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 6. 

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BOC launches health initiative
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Haralson County Commissioners postponed a vote on a new county attorney while announcing an initiative to improve the health of county employees – and, in so doing, improve tax spending – during their regular monthly meeting on Oct. 7.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Jones Elementary named a Highest Performing School
Posted: October 08, 2014

Jones Elementary, the only Title One school in the Bremen City Schools system, was recognized recently for performing in the top 5 percent of all Title One schools in Georgia over a three-year period. 

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West Georgia SingOff

West Georgia SingOff winners show off their trophies after winning the top prize in their age group. They are, from left, Hunter Flannigan in the 10-14 year old age group, Caleb Hutchinson in the 15-19 year old age group, and Morgan Taylor in the 20 and above age group. Their winnings from the Oct. 17 event included cash prizes, trophies and the opportunity to perform as an opening act at a future Mill Town Music Hall concert. 

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