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Wednesday 11/12/2014
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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Bremen Chili Cook-Off to returns for 7th competition
Posted: October 08, 2014

Newbern Soccer Complex in Bremen will be filled with vendors, cooks, and guests come Saturday, Oct. 11, when, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the chili cook-off kicks off its 7th annual competition. Rumored to appear this year: a venison chili and white chili. 

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Event raises funds for PRC
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 12:36 pm

The Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) raised more than $33,000 in cash and pledges last month to help support families of unplanned pregnancies, according to Executive Director Vicki Jackson, at PRC’s fundraising event called “We’re in this for Life.”

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Buchanan appoints new police chief
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 12:32 pm

A 23-year veteran of law enforcement will take over as chief of the Buchanan City Police Department on Oct. 14.

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Bremen recognizes girls softball team
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 10:31 am

The City of Bremen recognized the Bremen Recreation Department’s Eight and Under Girls Softball Team during their regular meeting this month. 

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Bremen Towne Festival returns for another round
Posted: October 01, 2014

The GFWC Bremen Junior Woman’s Club is sponsoring the 21st Annual Bremen Towne Festival, which comes on the heels of BRIDGE’s (Bringing Resources in Drug Gripped Environments) 5th annual 5k race on Oct. 18. Open to everyone, the festival will feature food vendors, entertainment, a parade and a wide variety of kid-friendly activities including train rides and more. 

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Waco OKs cargo home
Posted: October 01, 2014

The city of Waco approved the use of a cargo container as a residence within the city limits and the use of the City of Waco Auditorium for a benefit concert during their regular meeting Sept. 8.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
SPLOST committee created
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 11:38 am

With a little over a month until the Nov. 4 election, the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce is compiling a committee to promote educational material about the upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI vote. 

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Yard Sale aims to bring business to tallapoosa
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 11:38 am

This year, the Tallapoosa Business Association is hosting its 14th City-Wide Yard Sale in downtown Tallapoosa, and everyone is welcome to take part in the event.

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BRIDGE Hosts 5th Annual 5k and West Georgia SingOff
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 11:38 am

Bridging Resources in Drug Gripped Environments (BRIDGE) is celebrating its 7th year in West Georgia this fall, hosting a variety of events. The weekend of Oct. 17-18 will include the third West Georgia SingOff at Mill Town Music Hall, the fifth BRIDGE 5k Race, the 21st Bremen Towne Festival, and more.

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Monday 09/22/2014
HCHS invites public to celebrate homecoming
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 3:33 pm

This year, Haralson County High School will run homecoming activities a little differently. Instead of limiting the festivities to high school students, the planned activities will reach the entire community, aiming to bring everyone together.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Buchanan sets meeting to pick new chief
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 11:12 am

Buchanan has scheduled a called meeting of the city council for Sept. 25 to vote on who will become the city’s new police chief.

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Dev. Authority purchases old rubber building
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 11:12 am

The Haralson County Development Authority has made a purchase in hopes of boosting local commercial development. 

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Bremen schools release ACT scores
Posted: September 17, 2014

The Bremen Board of Education released their ACT scores from last year as well as a progress report on automated clearing house (ACH) tuition payment option during their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 8.

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Keep Haralson Beautiful plans first events
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 11:13 am

In April of this year, Haralson County’s first and only Keep Haralson County Beautiful organization was certified by Keep America Beautiful. Dedicated to keeping the county litter-free through clean up events, community programs and public education, their first event as an official organization will be held Sept. 27.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Upcoming event honors local music legend
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 4:44 pm

A Haralson County native and a legend in gospel music will be honored Saturday, Sept. 20, according to event coordinator James Carden of Tallapoosa. 

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BPS, BES to start new after-school program
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 4:44 pm

The Haralson County Board of Education approved a new after-school program for Buchanan Elementary and Buchanan Primary, as well as a pilot GPS system for buses during their work session on Tuesday, Sept. 2. 

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Haralson BOC meeting gets heated over cost of roof repairs
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Haralson County’s efforts to improve its contractor bidding process were discussed during the Board of Commissioner’s regular meeting last week, when the cost of a jail roofing project was suddenly revealed to be far more expensive than originally anticipated.

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Buchanan preps for Fair on the Square
Posted: September 10, 2014

Downtown Buchanan Revitalization is hammering out the final details for their 2014 Fall Fair on the Square. They hope to have hundreds of visitors attending the fair and, therefore, have planned activities and events to entertain every single one of them.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
HPPG expands Tallapoosa plant
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) in Tallapoosa is expanding its facility and plans to open its new addition by spring of 2015.

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School food fundraisers get a clean sweep
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:39 pm

New state and federal guidelines have changed which food fundraisers will be allowed in schools and eliminated unhealthy snacks from school vending machines and the cafeteria line in an effort to combat childhood obesity and help children perform better in school. 

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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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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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