U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is catching a lot of flack these days from Democrats, especially the more liberal wing of the party. Manchin is known for supporting bipartisanship in the Senate, trying to work with Republicans on major issues.

Van Halen’s first album without singer David Lee Roth was released in May of 1986. Titled “5150,” California police code for mental instability, it featured new singer Sammy Hagar, then most recently known for his 1984 hit “I Can’t Drive 55,” a rowdy, upbeat rocker that had elements of novelty.

Out of curiosity I started reading Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. The novel was number one on the New York Times bestsellers list in 1958, the year I was born. In 1965 it was made into a movie which I have not seen (yet).

Many years ago my Uncle Paul Jones used to visit every summer from West Virginia. Usually his visits were for two weeks. He was a yankee who came south to visit his southern kinfolks, and he really enjoyed his time here.

Just before the Tallapoosa City Council meeting began on Monday, law enforcement counted as people filed into the room to witness the proceedings. Two issues drew a crowd to the meeting — a rezoning request and a presentation by members of the Haralson County Veterans Association.

On Tuesday, the city of Bremen closed the bidding process for the demolition of the old Hubbard Slacks building. The advertisement for bids is a change in stance for city officials who, when the city first took possession of the property, said they wanted to preserve it.

As some of you may have seen Solid Solutions Development took out a false and misleading advertisement in last week’s issue of the Haralson Gateway-Beacon, claiming to be in partnership with the Haralson County Board of Commissioners and the Haralson County Development Authority on a project.

At their meeting on Monday, Bremen Board of Education members held a second public hearing for and approved a $25.3 million fiscal year 2022 budget.

Mr. Dorman Ed Hill, 73, of Buchanan passed away on June 2, 2021.

After much complaining by a local resident, the Waco City Council on Monday agreed to remove a recently installed speed hump on King Street and install one further down the road.

Despite a language barrier and with little information to go on, a teenager was reunited with his mother early on Monday thanks to the determination of local law enforcement, the Haralson County sheriff said.

In April, the Federal Emergency Management Agency began offering U.S. citizens a $9,000 reimbursement for funeral expenses for loved ones who had died from the coronavirus since January 2020.

“So This is Love?” one of rock group Van Halen’s singles released in the summer of 1981, is perhaps the perfect single for the season. The song’s effective dynamic shifts created a fitting backdrop for a season that includes both adventure and a sense of introspection.

Anybody remember the early days of television, when we had only three channels and we watched everything, including the commercials? The remote control in those days was, “Son, go change the channel to CBS.”

Saturday night found us in downtown Atlanta at the PonceChurch, as it’s now known as, formally First Presbyterian Church on Ponce. We went into the city for a spoken word presentation, our first.

As her trainer guided her to sit next to the 7-year-old squatted on a pillow with a book, Stella Blue, a lab-pit bull terrier mix slowly laid on the floor in the old courtroom at the Buchanan-Haralson Public Library. The dog looked as if she were ready for a bedtime story, although it was be…

When University of West Georgia staff member Alan Thomas recently lost his battle with COVID-19, the shockwave was felt throughout the university community. Now, Thomas has joined his family as an alumnus of the institution, earning a posthumous degree at UWG’s Spring Commencement.

Two Haralson County residents are facing charges and another is wanted in connection with several stolen vehicles found on a property in the Tallapoosa area.

Bremen City Schools administrators presented a proposed $25.3 million fiscal year 2022 budget to Board of Education members at the district’s first budget hearing on Thursday.

More people have been charged in connection with an alleged smuggling operation that was supplying Haralson County inmates with drugs, law enforcement said.

At their meeting on Tuesday, Haralson County commissioners quickly worked their way through the meeting agenda, making appointments and changing the time of their work sessions.

Thirty years ago this April, an album was released called “Temple of the Dog.” The album was a memorial tribute to Seattle singer Andrew Wood, who had passed away the previous year.

One of our summer visitors from South America is back with us for the season. The great crested flycatcher is a 9-inch bird, gray-colored on the topside with a yellow breast and a rusty-red tail. As its name implies, it has a crest on its head, but that crest is not as prominent as the crest…

According to Britanica.com, Memorial Day’s history stretches back to the Civil War when people decorated the graves of the war’s fallen soldiers in May. In 1868, three years after the war ended, May 30 became known as Decoration Day. After the first World War, the tradition changed and the n…

The Haralson County Board of Education held its first budget hearing Thursday for a proposed about $44.5 million budget for fiscal year 2022.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the Buchanan City Council members got their first look at a proposed $1.6 million budget for fiscal year 2022, which begins for the city on July 1.

While sitting in a dark house a few weeks ago waiting out a power outage, the only light being an oil lamp, someone said it reminded them of “the good ole days.” Well, I much prefer electricity, but then, everybody to their own thing.

Today we don’t use the term master to address professionals. However, in the past the term master was used for skilled laborers such as jewelers, sculptors, carpenters, leather workers, builders and metal workers. Masters taught apprentices the skills of their trade through years of unpaid l…

Thirty years ago, Chicago, Illinois’s Smashing Pumpkins released their debut album, “Gish,” on May 28, 1991, and their unique voice was unleashed. The record was recorded in Madison, Wisconsin, at Smart Studios, by producer Butch Vig who would go on to helm its follow up, “Siamese Dream,” in…

In Highland Rivers Health’s 2020 annual report, there is a profile of an individual named Deborah. She lives in one of the communities served by Highland Rivers and has received services from us for many years — so long that she was first seen by Three Rivers Behavioral Health, which was mer…

Festival season is in full swing and nonprofits that were prevented from holding their fundraisers in 2020 due to the pandemic are happily preparing.

How many of you remember what you were doing 40 years ago this week? I do because it was an eventful week for me. My fiance and I were only seven days away from saying I do. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing. Both of us were very naive and unworldly, yet we were about to embark on a l…

Who was Spiro Agnew? If that question were asked on a TV quiz show, I bet many contestants, especially the younger ones, could not answer it.

May 17, 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of Paul and Linda McCartney’s sole release as a couple, “Ram,” a critically panned masterpiece.

The black cherry tree is one of our most common trees. It is a medium-sized tree, normally 50 to 60 feet in height, with a single, more or less, oval leaf with sharp tips. In late spring the white flowers are borne in terminal spikes and are very noticeable.

On Sunday, an altercation with a hotel guest led to a Bremen police officer getting stunned with his own stun gun, according to law enforcement.

Left: Jeremiah Perry was enjoying the Spring Fair on the Square in Buchanan with his dog, Snoopball on Saturday.

Above left: Susan Davis, one of the vendors at the Spring Fair on the Square in Buchanan on Saturday, bags her freshly-prepared cotton candy as she waits for customers.

Above right: Vendors lined up around the square for the Spring Fair on the Square in Buchanan on Saturday. The blue skies and pleasant temperatures made perfect festival weather.

On Saturday just before the start of the Fair on the Square festival in Buchanan, an excited 63 runners bunched together at the starting line of the ninth annual Run for the Books 5K on the Buchanan Square. They waited for the signal and then took off.

At a work session and special meeting on Tuesday, the Haralson County chairman said there was no information to share about a landfill proposed for the Tallapoosa area.

John was 17 years old in 1969. He was somewhat rebellious, reckless, and always got caught. One Friday afternoon in a late, hot afternoon in August of 1969, he was arrested for possessing marijuana.

Over the past year, as the impacts of the pandemic accumulated, I wrote several columns about how children might be particularly vulnerable to emotional and mental health problems. The disruption of a sense of normalcy, feelings of isolation and loss, and for many families, grief, all increa…

Above left: Even though they lost, the Bremen Boys soccer team had a great season. The only loss of the year was Tuesday in the final 4. Lovett School won, 5-1. Whether Bremen’s #33 Harley Davis is playing offense or defense, this kid hustles and is always around the ball. Above right: Blue …