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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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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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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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