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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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Some buildings still off-limits to guns
Posted: May 28, 2014

Though the state of Georgia has passed a bill that will allow those with a permit to carry guns into some government buildings come July 1, some buildings will still be off-limits. 

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Navy honors local vet in special ceremony
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 4:50 pm

On Saturday, scores of area residents packed the Lithia Room of the West Georgia Museum of Tallapoosa to honor local World War II veteran Earl T. Cauthen as he received some long-overdue recognition for his services to our country. 

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
Haralson cities, county to meet on SPLOST today
Posted: May 21, 2014

The city of Bremen announced Monday during their regular meeting that they will meet today with county representatives to discuss the language that will be on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum come the November election. 

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Bremen stadium renovation to begin soon
Posted: May 21, 2014

After the Bremen Educational Foundation’s recent golf tournament at The Lion Golf Course, Bremen City Schools are one step closer to renovating their stadium. In fact, it was announced during the system’s regular Board of Education meeting last week, that now the system has enough funds to begin Phase 1. 

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Local veteran to be honored at museum Saturday
Posted: May 21, 2014

This Memorial Day weekend, the West Georgia Museum of Tallapoosa will be adding a special exhibit to their collection and honoring a local World War II veteran with the help of the U.S. Navy. 

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Sunday sales pass in Bremen; Haralson County to see three run-offs
Posted: May 21, 2014

Bremen voters approved two referendums on Tuesday’s ballot regarding Sunday sales inside the city limits. Voters were asked two questions: whether to allow Sunday package sales and whether to allow Sunday by-the-drink sales at local restaurants. 

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Tuesday 05/20/2014
Haralson County preliminary election results
Updated: May 21, 2014 - 10:43 am

Haralson County preliminary primary results (with 12 out of 12 precincts reporting):

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Judicial candidates wrap up political forum
Updated: May 16, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Comments by Commissioners and Board of Education candidates ran long at the West Georgia Tech Monday, April 28, cutting short the time allotted to Superior Court candidates at a political forum sponsored by the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce.

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Waco approves roof repairs
Posted: May 14, 2014

The City of Waco approved motions to repair the roof of the city auditorium, continue their sponsorship of the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce, and to continue to pay for one trash receptacle for each church inside the city limits during their regular meeting on Monday, May 5.

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Fair on the Square celebrates 40 years
Posted: May 14, 2014

This year, Downtown Buchanan Revitalization (DBR) and the city of Buchanan as a whole have a special reason to celebrate: This Saturday, May 17, will mark the 40th annual Fair on the Square celebration. In honor of 40 years of bringing fun, fellowship and rejuvenation, Fair organizer Janie Holder said DBR has decided to honor the lady who got it all started – Peggy Kimball.

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Sunday 05/11/2014
Haralson Schools consider girls soccer, boys wrestling
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 1:37 pm

During their work session Tuesday, the Haralson County Board of Education talked seriously about adding a girls soccer program at the high school and a wrestling program at the middle school. 

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Wednesday 05/07/2014
Details of Haralson County service delivery strategy emerge
Updated: May 09, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Now that the Service Delivery Strategy Intergovernmental Agreement has picked up momentum by receiving approval from both the Haralson County Commission and the City of Bremen, details of the agreement have been released.

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Local candidates for commission, BOE share views at forum
Updated: May 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm

On Monday, April 28, most of the candidates for local contested races came together before the public to answer questions during a forum hosted by the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce and West Georgia Technical College. Candidates for four local races and one state race were on hand to share their comments with attendees. Haralson County Chamber of Commerce President Eric Robinson served as moderator and asked candidates pre-submitted questions during the forum.

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Schools: ‘Still no guns allowed’
Updated: May 09, 2014 - 12:57 pm

On April 23, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB60 into law, transforming gun legislation in the state as of July 1. The legislation outlines new rules for where Georgia residents area allowed to carry their weapons, addressing previously unauthorized areas, such as schools, churches and government buildings. 

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Wednesday 04/30/2014
City approves philanthropic motions
Posted: April 30, 2014

The City of Bremen had more than one non-profit reaching out to them for help, as they heard requests from two organizations, one local and one national, that aim to help those in need. 

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HC GOP ladies host Mrs. Deal
Posted: April 30, 2014

Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal had a busy day last Wednesday as she toured Bremen for an afternoon visit. Her visit had two purposes: to congratulate Bremen City Schools for having the top score in the state on their College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) evaluation, and to promote her Read Across Georgia Campaign. 

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Drug issues face next circuit judge
Updated: May 02, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Rampant drug abuse will most likely be the biggest challenge facing the next Associate Superior Court Judge of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit, according to candidates present at a recent forum at the Haralson County Courthouse, sponsored by the Tallapoosa Circuit Bar Association.

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Monday 04/28/2014
High winds, heavy rains expected through Wednesday
Updated: April 30, 2014 - 10:32 am

The National Weather Service (NWS) warned Monday that the system which produced deadly tornadoes to the west poses a “multi-day threat” to much of Georgia through Wednesday.

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Thursday 04/24/2014
Bremen Schools receive top CCRPI score in the state
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 11:53 am

The baseball field at Bremen Middle School and Bremen 4th and 5th Grade Academy was a sea of blue and white Wednesday afternoon as children, teachers, school officials, city officials and Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, took time to celebrate Bremen City Schools scoring higher than any other public school system in the state on the Georgia Board of Education’s new evaluation system known as the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), which replaced Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) last year.

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Wednesday 04/23/2014
Bremen BOE eliminates teacher furlough days
Posted: April 23, 2014

After receiving updated revenue projections from the state, the Bremen Board of Education amended their school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year, eliminating all furlough days for teachers. 

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Haralson County approves Service Delivery Agreement
Updated: April 25, 2014 - 10:49 am

Haralson County Commissioners approved a Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) agreement between the county and her municipalities, outlining which government entity will provide what services to taxpayers – and whose tax dollars will pay for them.

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Bremen Schools celebrate CCRPI
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 11:54 am

Bremen Mayor Sharon Sewell speaks to the students of Bremen Middle School and Bremen 4th and 5th Grade Academy Wednesday afternoon congratulating them and the school system for receiving the top CCRPI score in the state, saying "it takes the whole community to accomplish what we are celebrating today." Sewell introduced Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, shown at left in a "Bremen Blue" suit, who was touring the city as a part of her Read Across Georgia initiative.

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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Haralson County conducts public meeting on budget
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Federal, state and municipal budgets are often compared to household budgets; the kind of financial plan every family has. But that comparison is apt only if a household is required by law to do certain things, such as hire employees and give them benefits, or get most of its money only once a year – and usually not all the cash that was expected.

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Judicial election sees all-new candidates for first time in three decades
Posted: April 16, 2014

Voters in Haralson and Polk counties will have an opportunity in May to do something they have not been able to do in nearly 30 years: elect a new Superior Court judge.

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County schools drop option to outsource buses
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 11:52 am

After several months of discussion, data collection and public input, the Haralson County Board of Education has decided to keep its transportation operations in-house.

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Wednesday 04/09/2014
Dogwood Fair takes over Tallapoosa
Posted: April 09, 2014

This weekend marks the 29th annual Tallapoosa Dogwood Arts and Crafts Fair as the area ushers in spring with a slew of vendors down Head Avenue and a line of parade floats winding their way around town.

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Tourism Team launches Local Scenic Byway
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 1:36 pm

After more than a year of planning, the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce can boast the completion of the Haralson  County Local Scenic Byway project. 

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County honors multiple groups with proclamations
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 1:36 pm

The Haralson County Board of Commissioners had a slew of proclamations on their consent agenda during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 1, showing support for multiple organizations and touting the deeds of local E-911 dispatchers. 

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Wednesday 04/02/2014
County to hold town hall meetings to discuss budget
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Haralson County citizens and employees will have an opportunity to air their concerns and to speak their minds about the county budget during a series of town hall meetings scheduled throughout April.

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BOC reduces employees’ wait for health coverage
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Haralson County commissioners met on March 27 in a special called meeting to address a single topic: reducing the waiting period for new county employees to be covered under the county health insurance plans.

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Friday 03/28/2014
WHES Rebel Robotics Team’s innovation yields awards, patent
Updated: April 02, 2014 - 3:03 pm

A local robotics team has conquered new territory this year. Ten fifth-grade students from West Haralson Elementary School, known as the Rebel Robotics Team, designed an award-winning robotics project that will compete with projects across the nation for the winner of the National Innovative Solution Award.

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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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