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Wednesday 03/26/2014
Alabama student remains critical after head-on collision
Posted: March 26, 2014

The driver of the pickup truck in last Thursday’s head-on collision with a Haralson County school bus remained in critical condition Monday at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, according to Trooper Doug Shambling of the Rome State Patrol Post.  The accident involved 39 student passengers and the bus driver, none of whom were reported injured.

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Wednesday 03/19/2014
Bremen OKs Sunday sales referendum
Posted: March 19, 2014

The city of Bremen has approved a referendum to be placed on the May 20 ballot that would allow residents to vote on whether to have Sunday package sales for beer and wine and Sunday by-the-drink sales for beer, wine and liquor. 

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Mother sentenced in Downey baby’s death
Posted: March 19, 2014

The mother of an 8-month-old girl who died of an opiate poisoning was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison to serve a minimum of 10 years after her baby, Marnee Kay Downey, died on Oct. 10, 2012.   

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Overcoming adversity: Alberta Kinnard shares how Bremen helped her become an inspiration to others
Posted: March 19, 2014

Alberta Kinnard is a beloved educator in Haralson County who has inspired students for more than 40 years. But when she told the story of her life recently at a luncheon in Bremen, many of those attending – including some motivated to teach because of her – were surprised to learn education was not always foremost on her mind.

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Bremen schools decrease deficit
Posted: March 19, 2014

The Bremen Board of Education received some good news regarding their budget during their regular meeting on March 10.

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Bud Jones discusses new book at annual library meeting
Updated: March 21, 2014 - 4:03 pm

The Friends of the Buchanan-Haralson Library are gearing up for their annual meeting, and they plan to have a special guest share his new book with the public as part of the program. 

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Wednesday 03/12/2014
Haralson County schools see dramatic reduction in absenteeism
Updated: March 17, 2014 - 1:10 pm

These days, a lot of clout is given to standardized tests, how well they measure student performance, and how school systems have been struggling with new rigorous assessments. However, not much talk is made about one underlying (and mostly avoidable) cause for poor student achievement that, according to the Georgia Department of Education, has a huge impact on test scores and graduation rates: attendance.

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Honda Lock: 'Seeking higher impact on community'
Updated: March 17, 2014 - 1:09 pm

When Tim Keesee came to Bremen’s Honda Lock as vice president, he said he improved communication, “which was the biggest thing I did to help stabilize the plant.”  

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Several qualify in local elections, two BOE posts unopposed
Updated: March 17, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Two members of the Haralson County Board of Commissioners will be challenged for their seats during the upcoming May 20 primary election, while one incumbent on the county Board of Education will also face opposition.

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Thursday 03/06/2014
Healthcare Act pay or play penalty – will I be fined?
Updated: March 07, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all stakeholders, including the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers and individuals, are given shared responsibility to improve the availability, quality and affordability of health insurance coverage in the United States. 

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Thursday 02/27/2014
ACLU files civil suit against Haralson schools
Updated: February 27, 2014 - 8:30 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Georgia and the Kendall Law Group, cooperating attorneys for the ACLU of Georgia, have filed a lawsuit against the Haralson County School System and Haralson County Schools Superintendent Brett Stanton to challenge the termination of former Haralson County Schools bus driver Johnny Cook.

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Haralson BOC hears plan to turn Boot Camp into jail
Posted: February 27, 2014

The long-vacant West Georgia Boot Camp can be converted into a “fully functioning jail” for $3.5 million, according to a proposal made this week before the Haralson County Board of Commissioners.

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Sewell Mill hosts Taste Of Chocolate this Saturday
Updated: February 28, 2014 - 2:47 pm

One of the most basic issues of childhood literacy is the availability of books in the home so that parents can read to their children, and to help address this issue the citizens of Haralson County have an upcoming opportunity to raise money to help distribute free books to preschool children in the area.

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House passes synthetic drug bill adding new chemicals
Updated: February 28, 2014 - 2:47 pm

A new bill that adds new chemicals to the list of substances classified as synthetic marijuana passed the state’s House, but an advocate against the drug is calling the proposed law a “paper tiger.”

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Haralson schools approve make-up days, hear more on 4/5-day week
Updated: March 05, 2014 - 2:24 pm

The Haralson County Board of Education held their regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, rather than their originally scheduled date of Feb. 11 due to the expectation of Winter Storm Pax, which closed schools in the area for the week.

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Rabid animal identified in Haralson County
Updated: February 28, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Last week, Haralson County Animal Control positively identified a rabid raccoon in the county outside of Bremen. 

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Wednesday 02/19/2014
Haralson cities, county reach tentative tax agreement
Updated: February 21, 2014 - 12:01 pm

It seems the Haralson County government and the government of the four cities in Haralson County have come to an agreement when it comes to how taxes will be levied against city and county residents and what services they will pay for. 

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Latest storm ‘not too bad’
Posted: February 19, 2014

Last week’s winter weather storm was gone as quickly as it came, with all traces of snow and ice virtually gone by noon on Thursday. Only trace amounts remained in shady areas as things returned to normal, although roads did have some ice on them Thursday morning and a few patches of black ice remained on wet roads Friday morning after melting snow and ice refroze in some areas.

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HC schools hear details from staff on 5-day week possibility
Updated: February 21, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The issue of whether Haralson County schools should return to a five-day week dominated the discussion at a Board of Education retreat Feb. 7 and 8, as a representative for the county high school stood alone against the system’s other schools as being in favor of returning the school calendar to 180 days of instruction.

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Haralson School Board considers reinstating five-day week
Updated: February 14, 2014 - 3:38 pm

During the Haralson County Board of Education, the board talked about the possibility of moving to a five-day school week, received a visit from Dan Weber and Pam Tallmage of the Charter System Foundation and heard updates from department heads.

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County votes down proposal to change policy for special called meetings
Updated: February 14, 2014 - 3:38 pm

 Haralson County commissioners rejected a proposal — offered by one of its own members — to reform their method of convening special called meetings during a regularly scheduled session that was dominated by issues not on the official agenda.

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Waco finalizes beer, wine ordinance
Updated: February 14, 2014 - 3:38 pm

The City of Waco approved a finalized version of their malt beverage and wine sale ordinance and approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2015 during their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 3.

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Monday 02/10/2014
Haralson County Schools closed tomorrow
Posted: February 10, 2014

Haralson County Schools released this announcement today: 

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Thursday 02/06/2014
Healthcare: What are my options in Georgia and what are the new requirements?
Posted: February 06, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following article is one in a series about the recently enacted Affordable Health Care Law, commonly known as ObamaCare. The Journal has asked residents to send in their questions about the law. Some of those are answered below.

A major milestone has been achieved, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. According to the department’s website, “As of Jan. 24, over 3 million Americans have enrolled in private health plans through the State and Federal marketplaces.”

Affordable Care Act (ACA) service provider Marcy Heath from Sanders Associates Insurance in Tallapoosa, Ga., echoed the department’s achievement saying, “Here in Haralson County, enrollments have been wide open, and I don’t foresee that changing in the next two months.”

Heath and business associate Crystal Davis are two of the only certified Affordable Care Act service providers in Haralson County.

“People are extremely concerned about making sure they have coverage before the enrollment deadline of March 31.”

Last week, the Newspapers of West Georgia received some questions from a concerned citizen regarding the Affordable Care Act. Heath provided answers to these questions.

Q.: Are other insurance companies, such as Humana, United Healthcare, etc., opting out of the federal marketplace locally, as Blue Cross/Blue Shield has done with Tanner

A.: The only carriers that made application and were approved to participate in the Federal Marketplace in the state of Georgia were Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA), Alliant Health Plans, Humana and Kaiser. 

Humana maintained their National Preferred Network. Kaiser expanded a little and now has a few physicians in the West Georgia area. BCBSGA went in the opposite direction with the new health maintenance organization (HMO) network, being very selective about whom they are allowing in their network. Alliant Health Plans has a very strong network in the West Georgia area with Tanner facilities and physicians.  If you purchase plans outside of the Marketplace, you may still have access to United Healthcare, Aetna, Coventry, Assurant and other carriers who did not wish to participate in the Federal Marketplace. As of now, the networks for those carriers have not changed.

Q.: Insurance companies have to meet 10 requirements now, including not refusing coverage due to pre-existing conditions, covering children until they are 26, etc., but what are those other requirements?

A.: These requirements are referred to as the Health Reform Mandates and include requiring most U.S. citizens to have health insurance, no pre-existing condition rejections, allowing children to be insured on their parents’ plan up to age 26, and no annual or lifetime caps on benefits. “Essential Health Benefits” (EHB) must be covered and available on all plans – regardless of where you purchase.

EHB must include items and services within at least the following 10 categories:

• Ambulatory patient services

• Emergency services

• Hospitalization

• Maternity and newborn care

• Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment

• Prescription drugs

• Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices

• Laboratory services

• Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management

• Pediatric services, including oral and vision care

“Medical–Loss Ratios” have been tightened, ensuring that 80 percent of premiums are spent on customers’ medical claims and activities that improve the quality of care. Restrictions have been made on premium discrimination in an attempt to stabilize rate variances. These requirements represent a major step in the commoditization of health insurance, meaning that the ACA is helping health insurance become a product where one brand has no features that differentiate it from other brands, and consumers buy on price alone.

If you have a questions regarding healthcare reform, please send your questions to the Tallapoosa Journal, c/o Editor Amy Lavender, 901 Hays Mill Rd., Carrollton, Ga., or amy@times-georgian.com.

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Wednesday 02/05/2014
Haralson County weathers ‘snowmageddon’; Mass backups avoided
Updated: February 06, 2014 - 10:09 am

While some Georgia residents have harrowing tales from last week’s winter storm after spending hours on various interstates and state roads, most motorists who were on Haralson County state roads can boast a better experience.

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Haralson County locals survive Atlanta Snow Jam 2014
Posted: February 05, 2014

In what has become known as “Snow Jam 2014,” there are scores of local stories about stranded motorists and many other weather-related incidents, as you well know from watching television for three days straight.  

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Libraries hosting many upcoming events
Posted: February 05, 2014

Haralson County’s three local libraries and their supporters have many programs and events for the public coming up at the end of January and throughout the month of February. In addition, they all have exciting plans for the spring and summer months.

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Saturday 02/01/2014
Shop with a Cop celebrates 30 years
Posted: February 01, 2014

This year, the Bremen Police Department celebrated 30 years of the “Shop with a Cop” Christmas giving program. 

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Thursday 01/30/2014
Snow Day
Updated: January 30, 2014 - 12:25 pm
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Chamber looks forward to new year with hope, promise
Updated: February 01, 2014 - 12:10 pm

The Haralson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 25 years of connecting community businesses during their 25th Annual Meeting on Saturday at Mill Town Music Hall.

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County gets tech proposal, holds special meeting to approve bidding policy
Updated: February 01, 2014 - 12:09 pm

The Haralson County Board of Commissioners held their monthly work session last Wednesday, Jan. 22, and less than 24 hours later were back at the county seat on Friday, Jan. 24, for a special called meeting to discuss an additional item. 

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Bremen swears in council members
Posted: January 30, 2014

During their regular meeting, the Bremen City Council held swearing-in ceremonies for its three returning board members.

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Tuesday 01/28/2014
Local schools closed, weather advisory in effect
Updated: January 30, 2014 - 11:55 am

Due to the inclement weather Carroll County and Carrollton City Schools will be closed today, Jan. 28. Faculty and staff are to report to work. Also Bremen City Schools closed today with staff reporting for half a day. Haralson County schools opened this morning for students and staff; however, they will be dismissing early. Haralson County bus riders will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m., and car riders will be dismissed at 11:30. Haralson County schools has also announced they will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 29.

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Wednesday 01/22/2014
4.5 ton ship propeller intact after attempted theft
Updated: January 24, 2014 - 12:55 pm

A ship’s propeller weighing four and a half tons is still intact but disfigured at Tallapoosa’s Helton-Howland Memorial Park after a local man allegedly tried to make off with bits and pieces of it in a bizarre attempted theft, according to police and the park’s chief spokesman.

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Resident asks BOC to hire county manager
Posted: January 22, 2014

Haralson County commissioners were asked to consider hiring a county manager to oversee the county’s budget and postponed a decision on installing traffic-monitoring cameras on county school buses during their first meeting of the New Year.

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Health Care marketplace: Who is signing up and do I qualify for any subsidies?
Posted: January 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following article is one in a series the Gateway is printing about the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. If you have a question about health care coverage under the new law that you would like to see covered in this series, contact Editor Amy Lavender at amy@times-georgian.com or 901 Hays Mill Rd., Carrollton, GA 30117, or 770-834-6631.)

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Croft delivers State of the City address
Posted: January 22, 2014

During their regular meeting, the Buchanan City Council saw the swearing in of two council members, and Buchanan Mayor Chase Croft gave his State of the City address.

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Wednesday 01/15/2014
Haralson School board considers outsourcing buses
Posted: January 15, 2014

Outsourcing bus services was the main topic of discussion during the Haralson County Board of Education’s regularly scheduled work session last week, as the board had invited representatives from First Student Transportation to talk about the proposed contract and many residents turned out to hear the details.

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Tallapoosa woman dies in fire
Updated: January 17, 2014 - 3:49 pm

An Tallapoosa widow who lived alone in a 19th Century home at 21 Simpson St. died of thermal injuries when her house caught fire on Monday, Jan. 6, according to Haralson County Coroner Danny Hutcheson.   

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Waco tables budget, beer ordinance
Posted: January 15, 2014

During their regular meeting, the Waco City Council held off on finalizing the next year’s budget and the recently voter approved beer and wine sales ordinance until their regular meeting in February; however, they did accept a bid for repairing the sidewalk in front of City Hall, voted to upgrade the city’s utility software program and house a Georgia State Patrol SWAT vehicle at the fire station.

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Wednesday 01/08/2014
Chamber, Dev. Authority merger official
Posted: January 08, 2014

As of Jan. 1, the Haralson County Development Authority (HCDA) and the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce became one entity.

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Haralson schools get tech upgrade
Posted: January 08, 2014

When we think of technology, we often think of gleaming laptops, wide-screen HD TVs and shinny new handheld devices. However, the hardware and software that supports those sleek machines and is necessary for them to function isn’t quite so glamorous.

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New Health Care Law: How do I avoid penalties if I do not have insurance now?
Posted: January 08, 2014

(Editor’s Note: This article is one in a series The Gateway-Beacon is publishing addressing commonly asked questions about the Affordable Care Act.)

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Monday 01/06/2014
Bremen schools open as scheduled tomorrow, Haralson has teacher work day
Posted: January 06, 2014

Bremen City Schools will reopen as scheduled on Tuesday. While extremely cold temperatures are expected, Bremen Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hicks says all school buildings will be ready for children tomorrow. 

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Sunday 01/05/2014
Bremen schools to have late start
Posted: January 05, 2014

Bremen City Schools has announced they will have a late start for their teacher work day on Monday. Staff will not be expected to report until 10 a.m.

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Wednesday 01/01/2014
Health care deadline, did I miss it?
Posted: January 01, 2014

(Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series about the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare.” Over the next few weeks, the Beacon will feature frequently asked questions and their answers about the new health care law.)

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Community Christian Council feeds hundreds
Posted: January 01, 2014

Hundreds of Haralson County citizens were fed a sumptuous dinner at the fifth annual Christmas Meal at Providence Baptist Church, sponsored by the Community Christian Council (CCC), according to Chairman Alan Kiker of Tallapoosa.  However, guests received more than just a meal.

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Friday 12/27/2013
Sheriff, County exchange letters about jail issues
Updated: December 31, 2013 - 11:16 am

After nine years at his post as Haralson County Sheriff, Eddie Mixon says he’s ready to see some of the issues at the jail resolved.

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Wednesday 12/25/2013
DA dockets more than 1,000 cases in first year
Posted: December 25, 2013

Haralson County District Attorney Jack Browning say he has several reasons to be proud of his office – in fact, he as 1,198 reasons. 

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City OKs codes, will review Verizon contract
Posted: December 25, 2013

During their regular meeting, the Bremen City Council approved a building codes resolution and a motion to further investigate a possible update on the city’s agreement with Verizon Wireless.

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Remembering 9/11

Members of the Bremen City Athletics Club marched in Bremen Wednesday to honor the fallen heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, led by Justin Walker, carrying the American flag. The group walked from the gym to the soccer fields next to the fire department, a distance of 2.5 miles, and then did a series of workouts with Bremen Fire Department's Jeff Attison and Corey Coggins. They did 343 burpees, for the number of firefighters killed on 9/11, and then  another series incorporating the numbers 9 and 11 that included 9 pushups, 11 situps, and then one 60-yard run to honor the sixty police officers that were killed that day. Participating were Billy Pollard, Noah Walker, Justin Walker, Eric Labbe, Jessica Patterson, Ashley Toole, Robin Hood, Stephanie Henson, Allison Eleton, Jodi Walker, Stephanie Ivey and Sonja Traylor. 

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