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Tallapoosa OKs new MOU

The city of Tallapoosa renewed the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently negotiated with Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) on behalf of the city and Haralson County. 

Haralson County High School Sports

Columnist Rhubarb Jones

Wednesday 12/17/2014
HCFD Chief urges caution after recent fires
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 11:49 am

Haralson County Fire Chief Brian Walker urges residents to be cautious this winter when using heat sources to ward off the cold after two fires devastated local families this week, one taking the life of 2-year-old Levi Andrew Robinson. 

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Berry returns to Mill Town for holiday show
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 11:49 am

Lately, there has been a quiet exodus of musicians collaborating with established Nashville songwriters. In 2012, Georgia native John Berry went a step further and moved his family to Nashville.  Back by popular demand, Berry is completing his third visit to Bremen’s Mill Town Music Hall, presenting his much-publicized annual holiday concert.

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Saturday 12/13/2014
Man charged with sexual battery on Georgia Tech campus
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 9:36 am

A Bremen man is accused of sexually assaulting two female students on Georgia Tech’s campus earlier this week.

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Fleece Navidad Project helps local kidney dialysis patients
Posted: December 13, 2014

The year 2012 began with a terrifying medical diagnosis for 36-year-old Brent Vohun, Career Technical Instruction Coordinator at Haralson County High School. The doctors said he had scar tissue on his red blood cells, which led to a kidney malfunction of more than 90 percent.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Lighted Christmas Parade
Posted: December 12, 2014
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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Haralson BOE’s Stanton resigns
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm

The Haralson County Board of Education purchased a water tank for the CTAE expansion and announced that Superintendent Brett Stanton would be resigning in February during their regular work session Tuesday, Dec. 2.  

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Buchanan hosts Simply Christmas
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm

For the third year, the Haralson County Historical Society will bring local businesses together in a one-stop holiday shopping location at the Historic Haralson County Courthouse in Buchanan. This annual event, Simply Christmas, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Countdown to the Possum Drop begins
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm

West Georgia’s largest New Years Eve celebration will return again this year, culminating the Christmas season in Tallapoosa. Earlier in the season, there was the Thanksgiving Day Christmas open house, Christmas in Possum Snout, featuring Tallapoosa’s local businesses, the lighting of the Christmas tree, and the Christmas Parade sponsored by the Tallapoosa Business Association.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Fatal Fire
Posted: December 09, 2014

Firefighters with the Haralson County Fire Department work to put out the embers remaining from a house fire on South Kelley Street in Tallapoosa, which claimed the life of a 2- to 3-year-old child this morning. The fire began around 10 a.m. today. It is currently unknown how the fire started, but The Times-Georgian and Tallapoosa Journal are awaiting further details. 

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Saturday 12/06/2014
Christmas Parade lights up Tallapoosa
Posted: December 06, 2014

Every year, the Tallapoosa Business Association gives everyone the chance to light up the sky with their Lighted Christmas Parade. This year, it will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. Those who want to participate just need to line up at 6 p.m. on Robertson Avenue in front of the old Tallapoosa High School with lights on their floats or vehicles.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
County approves changes to MOU with HPPG
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 1:40 pm

After weeks of intense wrangling, Haralson County and Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) have hammered out an agreement whereby the county will receive a much-needed economic boost, while the Japanese manufacturer will enjoy further incentives to continue expanding here.

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Tallapoosa participates in Mayor’s Christmas Motorcade
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Christmas comes once a year for most in the United States, but for some, it doesn’t come at all. 

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Students, teachers ready for new standardized tests
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Parents, when your student sits down to take their standardized test at the end of the year, it won’t be like what you or your child have come to expect. This year, students will sit down in front of the Georgia Milestones Test, a comprehensive and consolidated version of the End of Course Test (EOCT) and Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), the new mode of assessing student preparedness and achievement for grades 3 through 12.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Farm Tour warms interest in agriculture despite cold temps
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 11:14 am

Despite freezing weather, some three dozen people explored a local orchard, a farm, a ranch and a vineyard Friday, Nov. 14, during the annual Farm City Tour, sponsored by the Haralson County Farm Bureau in association with the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce, Commissioners, Cattlemen, UGA Extension Service, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and West Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District.

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HC school board approves HPPG MOU
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 11:14 am

The Haralson County Board of Education held a called meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, to discuss a Memorandum of Understanding with Honda Parts and Precision of Georgia (HPPG), issues with the water tank at the high school, a facilities use agreement with GO TELL Ministries and the possible purchase of new buses.

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Haralson mulls hiring consultant, discusses jail repairs
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 11:14 am

Haralson County Commissioners are discussing whether to hire an expert to help recoup potentially thousands of dollars in tax revenues that are now unreported by companies with equipment mounted on cell towers.

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Monday 11/24/2014
Get ready for ‘Christmas in Possum Snout’ this week
Posted: November 24, 2014

It’s Christmas in Tallapoosa!

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Friday 11/21/2014
Tallapoosa OKs holiday pay, tax abatement
Posted: November 21, 2014

The City of Tallapoosa approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Honda Parts and Precision of Georgia (HPPG) and a holiday bonus for city employees during their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 10. 

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Local police receive body-worn cameras
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Local police have a new weapon in their arsenal of crime-fighting gadgets: a video camera. 

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Doritos spot shot locally seeks $1M prize
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 12:42 pm

The director of a TV commercial declared Saturday “It’s a wrap!” after two days of shooting on a horse farm in northern Haralson County. The commercial is a late entry into the Doritos Super Bowl Challenge to see which 30-second spot will win the grand prize of $1 million and actually be aired during Super Bowl XLIX (49) on Feb. 1, 2015, at Phoenix University Stadium in Glendale, Aria., according to David Ross Jr., President of LensHead Piktures and director of the shoot. 

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Haralson BOE mulls new water tank issue
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 12:42 pm

The Haralson County Board of Education received a disappointing report during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11, as Facilities and Maintenance Director Tony Partridge reported new mandates from the state fire marshall. 

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Friday 11/14/2014
HCHS drama takes 3rd in region
Posted: November 14, 2014

Every year, the Haralson County High School drama team competes against other high schools in the area in the Georgia High School Association’s One-Act Competition. Each team must perform a one-act play in front of judges and an audience made up of the other competing schools. 

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
BOC axes two furlough days for employees
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Haralson County commissioners endorsed seeking a new grant to finish a canoe trail designed to bring tourists into the county during their regular monthly meeting on Nov. 4, and decided to split a budget windfall between a river-related project and county employees.

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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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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 Journal 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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Monday 10/27/2014
Pumpkin Caper returns to the square
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Halloween is in the air, and that means the Pumpkin Caper returns for another year. 

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Friday 10/17/2014
Time to start shopping for Operation Christmas Child
Posted: October 17, 2014

Operation Christmas Child has sent more than 113 million shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts to children around the world. With your help, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to send shoeboxes to at least 10 million more children this year.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
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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Friday 10/10/2014
HCHS named Highest Progress school
Posted: October 10, 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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Wednesday 10/08/2014
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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Friday 10/03/2014
Tallapoosa hosts new pageant
Posted: October 03, 2014

Have you ever seen a beauty pageant in person? Have you ever wanted to? Has your daughter or niece ever wanted to participate in one? Now is the chance, with the First Annual Miss Tallapoosa Pageant sponsored by the Tallapoosa Downtown Development Authority.

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HCMS hosts Toys for Tots Bowl
Posted: October 03, 2014

Teams from three counties will square off in the second annual Toys for Tots Bowl at Haralson County Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 11, to help at-risks youth have a Merry Christmas, according to Haralson County Toy for Tots Coordinator Kelley Robinson.

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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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Savannah port deepening to benefit west Georgia
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 12:35 pm

The port of Savannah is about 300 miles from Carroll County. However, the $706 million project due to start next week to deepen the Savannah harbor will likely have a positive impact felt in the west Georgia region, according to local business leaders.

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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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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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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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