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Meng Lim makes history with election win

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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Columnist Rhubarb Jones

  • The end of summer

    “Headed out to San Francisco/ for the Labor Day weekend show/ I got my Hush Puppies on/ I guess I never was meant for rock and roll,” so goes …

  • Taking a leap forward

    Last Saturday, I began a Saturday oldies show on Montgomery’s Kool Classic Hits WRBZ. On the 37 year anniversary of Elvis having left the buil…

  • A taste of home

    I can’t think of anything that relaxes me more than sitting on the back deck and cooking on the grill. Doesn’t matter if it is hot dogs and bu…

Wednesday 08/20/2014
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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Friday 08/15/2014
City recognizes baseball state champs, sets meetings for new millage rate
Posted: August 15, 2014

During their regular meeting, the Tallapoosa City Council tentatively set their millage rate and recognized the Tallapoosa Recreation Department’s 11 and 12 year old baseball team for winning the state championship.  

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
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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Saturday 08/09/2014
Round table looks to support area businesses
Posted: August 09, 2014

Sara Anderson, owner of Spoken Heart Counseling Center, painted the final coat on her new storefront on Buchanan Street in Bremen this week.  She recently moved her counseling business from a facility in Buchanan.  Anderson has a new office and is getting a new sign, but is looking for more insight for growing her business in Haralson County.  She hopes to find that insight at the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce’s Round Table on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Sewell Mill Community Center.  

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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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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 07/23/2014
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, 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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Friday 07/11/2014
City praises 4th celebration
Posted: July 11, 2014

The city of Tallapoosa had high praise for those who organized the Fourth of July festivities last week during their regular city council meeting. 

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The summer of 1969
Posted: July 11, 2014

Kudos to the city for an outstanding July 4th. The folks at 70 Rhubarb Lane truly enjoyed the city’s fireworks display and watched it from the front yard. Sammy Robinson and the Haralson County Veterans group deserve a standing ovation for the display of jets at Helton Howland Park. 

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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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Buchanan holds budget hearings, city caboose makes progress
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 5:04 pm

During a called budget meeting on July 3, the City of Buchanan agreed to continue operating on their current budget and to publish the necessary advertisements so they can move forward with future budget meetings and approve the 2015 budget as soon as possible.

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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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Friday 06/27/2014
Country music star partners with local clothing manufacturer
Posted: June 27, 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. Driven by drastically reduced manufacturing costs, many U.S. manufacturers outsourced their workforce overseas beginning in the early 1990s. This resulted in a significant decline in the American manufacturing workforce. As a result, many American families suffered economically, contributing to the recession that America faced at the turn of the 21st Century.

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Tallapoosa set for 4th of July celebration
Posted: June 27, 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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Voters can go back to the polls on Monday
Posted: June 27, 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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Tillis, Morgan bring their Grits & Glamour to Bremen
Posted: June 27, 2014

In 2009, Pam Tillis was backstage at the Grand Ole Opry when veteran country artist Lorrie Morgan was singing with her band. Afterwards, Tillis and Morgan struck up a conversation.

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Finding a new plant
Posted: June 27, 2014

A few years ago my friend Charles Thompson, a local Tallapoosa artist, called me. Not only is Charles an artist but a very talented lay-botanist.

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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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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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Friday 06/13/2014
Tallapoosa finalizes golf cart ordinance
Posted: June 13, 2014

The City of Tallapoosa showed held a second reading for the golf cart ordinance and showed their support for a recently reached Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) agreement during their regular meeting on Monday, June 9.

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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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Friday 06/06/2014
Buchanan discusses budget, SPLOST options
Posted: June 06, 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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CTAE addition halfway there
Posted: June 06, 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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Waco increases water deposits
Posted: June 06, 2014

The city of Waco decided to update their water deposits and heard an update from Greg Dewberry on options for improve the entrance of King Street from Highway 78 during their regular meeting on Monday night. 

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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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Friday 05/30/2014
SPLOST talks hit brick wall, Buchanan wants new jail
Posted: May 30, 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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Haralson senior takes home car
Posted: May 30, 2014

After last Friday’s graduation practice, one lucky Haralson County High School senior went home with quite a large graduation gift: a car.

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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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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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Friday 05/23/2014
Haralson schools' CCRPI scores improve
Posted: May 23, 2014

With the state’s release of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) scores for public schools last month, Haralson County Schools were proud to see a marked improvement over last year’s score. 

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
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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Friday 05/16/2014
Haralson schools to have girls soccer, boys wrestling next year
Posted: May 16, 2014

The Haralson County Board of Education has approved the creation of a Haralson County High School girls soccer program and the creation of a Haralson County Middle School wrestling program during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

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Haralson Commmission meeting ends in dispute
Posted: May 16, 2014

What was expected to be a routine meeting of the Haralson County Board of Commissioners exploded into fireworks on May 6, when a citizen took exception to being silenced during his criticism of the board’s management of county finance.

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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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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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