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Dwarfed by the assistant district attorney beside her, Melissa Hetling stood before the judge in the Haralson County Courthouse on Thursday.

Haralson County commissioners held a brief special meeting on Tuesday after their work session with the Haralson County Veterans Association was cancelled.

I am less inclined to have anything but a desire for music that gets my attention, is entertaining, and is otherwise interesting. Jack White has never let me down in these areas, and this remains true with “Fear of the Dawn,” the first of two announced releases by him this year.

You may know I love words, the usage of words, the origin of words. I don’t know where this love came from but I remember in high school taking delight in learning Latin words and their derivatives. No, I wasn’t one of the popular crowd, if you were wondering.

Green balloons floated up to the sky, taking with them the stresses and worries of the staff, clients and friends at Highland Rivers Behavioral Health at Haralson last week. As the balloons drifted away, those gathered called to each other, “Let it go! Let it go!”

Bremen High School’s Varsity Golf Team competed against several other schools April 25 at Fields Ferry Golf Club in Calhoun and won the Area Championship, qualifying for the GHSA State Golf Tournament at Southern Hills in Hawkinsville on May 16 and 17. Pictured, from left, are Chase Bilbo, R…

As cars and trucks whizzed by, area residents bowed their heads in prayer, and as a train blew its whistle, they smiled and waited for it to pass before continuing.

At their meeting on Tuesday, Haralson County Board of Education members honored the teachers of the year from each school and announced the system teacher of the year.

The end of the school year brings closings for students and for staff.

Have you ever considered how much water you consume in a day (in all forms — cooking, cleaning, bathing, drinking)? According to Aquasana, the daily usage is 57 gallons per person, most of that is from toilet flushing, followed by washing machine, shower and faucet. That’s more than a 55 gal…

Last week, my bandmate in The Marginal Swingers, Edwin Watkins, uploaded our new release, “Vignettes Du Jour,” on www.bandcamp.com. The title is French for today’s stories. After compiling instrumental recordings of original songs since 2019, we are excited about this new release.

Recently a strange looking object, or I should say, objects, were brought to me. It was a small branch of a sweet leaf tree that had a large number of green looking things growing on it. At first I thought they were insect galls, but after I cut two of them open, I realized that they were no…

Mental health awareness has increased greatly as a result of the pandemic. Numerous research studies have found more people of all ages have experienced mental health challenges since 2020 — many perhaps for the first time in their lives. But although awareness has increased, not everyone ha…

As music rang out from a speaker on a deck above the arena, four girls on horseback rode around the ring at Possum Snout Arena in Tallapoosa, weaving around each other in the center, then heading out in four directions toward the fence and then back toward the center where they rode by each …

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As music rang out from a speaker on a deck above the arena, four girls on horseback rode around the ring at Possum Snout Arena in Tallapoosa, weaving around each other in the center, then heading out in four directions toward the fence and then back toward the center where they rode by each …

At a work session on Monday, Bremen City Council members discussed plans for a city park on the property where the old Hubbard Slacks building used to stand.

After qualifying the 11 bids it received for repairing the roof on the commission office building, Haralson County commissioners approved contracting with a local company for the project.

My mother earned that title when she was 17 years old. I know for certain she was a better mother at 17 than I would have been at that young age.

My first memory of seeing “Shoot out the Lights,” Richard and Linda Thompson’s 1982 swan song as a duo, was in Rolling Stone magazine. It was listed in its 1987 cover story of the Best Albums of the Last 20 Years. The cover depicts guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Thompson, rubbing his he…

Early voting started on Monday for the Primary Election on May 24 including races for three Haralson County seats.

The Bremen Board of Education on Wednesday officially hired their sole finalist as the school system’s new superintendent and accepted the resignation of their current superintendent as of June 30.

We returned from our trip to Dahlonega for the Bear on the Square Bluegrass Festival more tired than we realized. We both dragged ourselves through our Monday. What is it about travel that is so exhausting? Could it be the 13,000 plus steps we got on Saturday? Sleeping in a strange (however …

My first exposure to the debut album “Marquee Moon” by New York Rock band Television happened thanks to its listing in Rolling Stone magazine’s greatest albums of the last 20 years in 1987.

“I seek to lose the madness over the mountains and begin again.” Colonel Ludlow’s quote to his companion, One Stab, in the movie Legends of the Fall.

Some people do not accept the writings of the Bible because of the miracles therein. They cannot accept the fact that Christ healed the blind man, turned water into wine, caused the stormy weather to cease, raised Lazarus from the dead, etc., etc. Those miracles are hard for some to believe.

People started gathering in the shadow of an old gas station in Bremen about two hours early for a chance to meet the governor on Wednesday morning. He was slated to speak about 10 a.m., but as with many of these event was a little late to arrive. But the delay didn’t dampen the spirits of h…

Early voting starts on Monday for the primary and special elections including local seats for Haralson County Commission, Board of Education and Superior Court judge.

A job fair at West Georgia Technical College in Waco organized by the Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce drew 17 employers looking to hire local talent and 33 job seekers including a number of Haralson County High School seniors.

Preplanning for the care of elderly or disabled family members can ease the minds of every one involved and possibly save a lot of heartaches in the future, said a local insurance agent. An event at Sewell Mill Event Center on Saturday aims to help people with that planning, before it become…

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and CASA of Polk and Haralson counties, Haralson County Family Connections and the Haralson County Department of Family and Children Services partnered to host the annual Candlelight Vigil to raise awareness of local child abuse on the steps of …

The wind made lighting candles difficult at the Candlelight Vigil, but those who attended had fun trying. Robbie Williams, associate pastor at Covenant Life Church, used his lit candle to try to light Renee Smith’s candle. Williams and Smith both spoke at the event — Williams about his exper…

Sheriff Stacy Williams, Bremen police Chief Keith Pesnell and Superior Court Judge Mark Murphy were among about 20 residents who attended the event Tuesday evening. Murphy, who formerly worked in Juvenile Court, said the work of children’s advocates like CASA volunteers was invaluable. Somet…

After more than a year of transition, Haralson Behavioral Health is now Highland Rivers Behavioral Health, but current clients probably won’t see a difference in care, said administrators.

At their work session on Tuesday, Haralson commissioners heard from staff that a road they had discussed at an earlier meeting urgently needs repair.

I know I feel better when I exercise and my choice of exercise is yoga. Because I spend a lot of time fiddling and at the computer, my shoulders and arms get very tight and tense. Yoga moves help.

A reformed Deep Purple released “Perfect Strangers” on Oct. 29, 1984, eight years after its third lineup had disbanded.

There is a lot that people should understand about alcohol use disorder (AUD), but the most important is that individuals with AUD can recover. Like all behavioral health conditions, including mental illness and other substance use disorders, AUD is a disease — and like other diseases, our k…

One of our most common animals in this area is the bobcat. Though common, it is a very secretive animal and is hardly ever seen. It is so secretive, that many people are surprised to learn that it exists in Georgia.

Bremen City Council members heard from a local resident some suggestions for reducing the traffic congestion at the Recreation Center during activities.

In the article “Bremen BOE announces finalist for superintendent” that ran in the April 14 edition of The Gateway-Beacon, the date of Bremen City Schools Superintendent David Hicks’ retirement was incorrect. He will retire as of June 30. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Those struggling with addictions aren’t bad people; they are just people, was the overarching theme at a presentation about addiction and Narcan on Wednesday at Your Haven in Buchanan.

The Bremen Board of Education announced at a meeting on Monday that Shannon Christian is the sole finalist for superintendent.