Last fall, Tallapoosa resident Nathan Hardeman, 47, had resigned himself to years of dialysis after his kidneys failed and he was placed on a long list for a kidney transplant.

Three area residents are in Haralson County jail after allegedly shooting at a deputy during a high speed chase in the county on Monday.

The owners of Solid Solutions have been the victims of arson over the last several months, as four fires have been set on the property they have purchased for the purpose of creating a landfill in the county.

Haralson County wrestler Clay Hyatt was undefeated in the Area Duals wrestling tournament hosted by Bremen High School on Saturday. His performance was one that help Haralson County High School win the tournament overall. Wrestling Coach Ryan Diprima said that he is proud of the team the sch…

Weather can often play an important part in fiction — movies, novels, plays. It sets the stage for the ensuing action. It was a dark and stormy night doesn’t set the stage for the classic rom-com. Likewise, a breezy beach scene does not signal that a murder is about to happen (with the excep…

Books read aloud in a classroom can present contextual lessons in story elements, dialog, formal, informal and figurative language, as well as proper writing conventions. A great book offers all of these and makes the reader believe in the story and its events. Students, whether they read fo…

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Do you follow rabbit holes like I do? How much time do I spend going down rabbit holes in the name of research? I probably don’t want to know.

Since the lockdown, one thing that I personally have missed is the opportunity to hear live music in a venue away from home with close friends and acquaintances or even strangers who may become a regular acquaintance or a future friend. But many of the bands I regularly see live have figured…

The Bremen City Council on Monday tabled a water rate hike that members were considering after the Haralson County Water Authority raised its rates effective on Jan. 1.

Bremen Board of Education members learned Friday that the $10 million in bonds they had hoped to sell to finance the renovations at Bremen High School netted them more than $12 million for the project.

Tallapoosa council members heard from a representative of Comcast that the company is working its way through the list of people who have requested service from the company on its new beefed up network in the county.

Christian Taylor Davis, 26, of Temple, is wanted by the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the shooting of 30-year-old Christopher Hetling. He is considered armed and dangerous.

On Tuesday night, Carroll commissioners unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement between the county and her municipalities including a portion of Bremen to continue the one-cent sales tax, and also approved a notice calling for the March 16 election.

After a brutal campaign for the two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia, a tight election left Raphael Warnock as the apparent winner over sitting Senator Kelly Loeffler, while the race between Incumbent Senator David Perdue and his challenger Jon Ossoff was still too close to call early Wednesday …

The new year meant changes in leadership for Haralson County as newly-elected officials took their oaths of office and began their new terms.

After hearing from the residents of Tallapoosa Street, Waco City Council members at their meeting on Monday approved installing a speed bump near the rock house on the street.

As the year 2020 draws to a close, we have to pay homage to Our Great Leader. He will be gone from office on Jan. 20, but we can never forget the great heritage he’s left our nation. We must especially honor the example he’s set for our children and grandchildren.

When the average music fan decides to take up an instrument, they usually have a basic plan for entertaining themselves, or eventually performing for others. Rarely does the goal become releasing a debut recording after collaborating with some of the fan’s favorite musicians, let alone cover…

One of the most common bats in our area is the little brown bat. It is about 2 1/8 inches long, covered with glossy yellow-brown fur. It has a snout and ears that are blackish-brown in color.

Like many of you, I spend time waiting for the trains to go through Bremen. The city of Bremen website (www.bremenga.gov) says we get about 40 trains a day. Most often I’m waiting in the car because of failure to circumvent the railroad crossings, which by the way, the downtown crossing at B…

When I was a child, the Christmas season actually started in October with the arrival of the “wish books.” Those were the Christmas catalogs sent out by Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward and Spiegel. The actual counting of days didn’t come until December and the days seemed to move so slowly un…

Mr. John Randall “Randy” Wehunt, 65, of Ranburne, Alabama, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.

People brought signs lobbying against a landfill expected to be proposed in the county during an August meeting of the Haralson County Board of Commissioners.

The Possum Drop in Tallapoosa may be cancelled this year, but the city of Buchanan is ready to step in and try to fill the void with its Bell Tower Bash.

As we move forward into a new year, many of us are resolving to address our own personal concerns. This brings to my mind the theme of Dr. Stephen R. Covey, the author of many books, including “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Wow, no one could have predicted what the year 2020 would be like. Different friends have commemorated it with T-shirts, Christmas ornaments, and memes in an attempt to share the bizarre nature of the year. I have taken a glance back at my bullet journal to refresh my memory. For me, 2020 wa…

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Mr. James “Jimmy” Hugh Norton Jr., 75, of Bremen passed away on Dec. 27, 2020, in a local healthcare facility.

Early voters have been flocking to the Haralson County Courthouse to cast their ballots for the Jan. 5 runoff election. By Tuesday afternoon nearly 2,400 registered voters had cast their ballots in the first seven days of early voting, according to Vaughn Gable, the county’s superintendent o…

One of two juveniles charged in the vandalism of Tallapoosa Primary School was ordered last week to pay nearly $18,000 in restitution, and serve 30 days in a juvenile detention center and 24 months of probation.

Sewell Mill Event Center’s Ballroom echoed with chatter and Christmas music Tuesday evening. At tables covered in black tablecloths and decorated with candles and evergreens, a special group of people were served a catered meal by volunteers hoping to spread a little Christmas cheer.

Angel and Steven Ansley, of Villa Rica, welcomed a son, James Kyser Ares Ansley, born at Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica on Oct. 22, 2020, weighing 6 pounds and 8 ounces. Grandparents are Kathy Ansley, Karen Underwood and Stevie Simmons.

Christmas has always been a season that, for me, is filled with excitement and anticipation. Neither of my parents were from Athens, Tennessee, where I grew up, so any family gatherings meant travel away from home. I always looked forward to experiencing our holiday visits in my father’s hom…

Like many others, we were out on Monday, Dec. 21, to see the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter. This celestial event has been the talk for weeks so we drove out to the Buncombe community to a spot where we knew we’d have a clear view of the southwestern sky at sunset. It was a lovely sunset.…

“Christmas is not about receiving. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ; the ultimate giver.” Author Unknown

Right: The Haralson County Veterans Association held a wreath laying ceremony on Saturday at League Lowe Park in Tallapoosa. The public was invited to lay a wreath in honor of a veteran they may or may not know or be related to as part of a holiday remembrance. Linda Johnson Couch places wre…

Above: The annual Festival of Trees organized by the Jones Elementary and Bremen Academy Student Council auctioned off about 70 trees this year to benefit local families dealing with medical emergencies. The trees were decorated and donated by students, families, classrooms and local busines…

Cynthia Carreno, who has two children in the Bremen School System, browsed through the trees at the Hamilton-McPherson Fine Arts Center while students watched a movie in the auditorium during on a field trip on Friday. 

Tallapoosa and Waco residents who have been patiently waiting for better internet and television service may soon have it. Comcast recently announced that it had finished the upgrades it had planned for its Haralson County customers less than six months after the project was announced.

At their meeting on Monday, the Tallapoosa Council members heard that an outbreak of COVID-19 among city employees had crippled the staff over the last month.