When will we see progress in Bremen?
exactly

Carrollton, GA

#24 Mar 11, 2013
Just Passing Through wrote:
I am also a graduate of HCH and I want to commend Bremen on a fine school system. It is also a fact that HCH has produced many well educated people over the years. Good and bad people or smart and dumb people leave every school in the US each year. It is what you put into your education that counts. With that being said, I think that if you see a problem do everything you can to fix it. If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. Could the Bremen and Haralson County schools do a better job? By all means, yes. Each school everywhere should always work to improve.
You are exactly right. Whether Haralson County or Bremen are great is a non issue when one considers Georgia is still one of the worst educated states in the country.

“Home In Georgia Now”

Since: Jul 07

The "City of Gold" in Georgia

#25 Mar 11, 2013
tfreddy42 wrote:
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so what if I forget to put periods in there from time to time u get my drift
Yeah. And I have seen MUCH worse!!!
old man

AOL

#26 Mar 11, 2013
exactly wrote:
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You are exactly right. Whether Haralson County or Bremen are great is a non issue when one considers Georgia is still one of the worst educated states in the country.
N.Y. has a problem also.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/03/8...
David

Carrollton, GA

#27 Mar 11, 2013
exactly wrote:
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You are exactly right. Whether Haralson County or Bremen are great is a non issue when one considers Georgia is still one of the worst educated states in the country.
since WHEN did you need an education to walk around picking buggers and drawing welfare and food stamps?
Miss Moody

Franklin, GA

#29 Mar 11, 2013
I just wanna know who you people think is gonna pay for all these grand renovations you talk about??? You bitch about taxes but then demand that your city governments spend money so that it's prettier when you drive through town? I think you might wanna get your priorities in order. We need jobs and industry in this county, and we will never get that until we get rid of the methamphetamine problem that is slowly killing our communities especially tallapoosa and bremen. And this is only my opinion but I don't think we will make a dent in the drug problem in this county until we stop hiring people and electing people based on a popularity contest and started hiring and electing based on education, qualifications and work record.
just the facts

Carrollton, GA

#30 Mar 11, 2013
Miss Moody wrote:
I just wanna know who you people think is gonna pay for all these grand renovations you talk about??? You bitch about taxes but then demand that your city governments spend money so that it's prettier when you drive through town? I think you might wanna get your priorities in order. We need jobs and industry in this county, and we will never get that until we get rid of the methamphetamine problem that is slowly killing our communities especially tallapoosa and bremen. And this is only my opinion but I don't think we will make a dent in the drug problem in this county until we stop hiring people and electing people based on a popularity contest and started hiring and electing based on education, qualifications and work record.
Good job!
David

Carrollton, GA

#31 Mar 12, 2013
Miss Moody wrote:
I just wanna know who you people think is gonna pay for all these grand renovations you talk about??? You bitch about taxes but then demand that your city governments spend money so that it's prettier when you drive through town? I think you might wanna get your priorities in order. We need jobs and industry in this county, and we will never get that until we get rid of the methamphetamine problem that is slowly killing our communities especially tallapoosa and bremen. And this is only my opinion but I don't think we will make a dent in the drug problem in this county until we stop hiring people and electing people based on a popularity contest and started hiring and electing based on education, qualifications and work record.
you will also never get any decent wage earning jobs back until OBAMA is safely back in his hut in kenya
Looking For Progress

Macon, GA

#32 Mar 19, 2013
The post started as a discussion of observation about citizens tired of driving through our towns in West Georgia and seeing what pitiful sights we have to endure. Bremen, Buchanan and Tallapoosa can look like Carrollton just by demanding change!

We can blame everyone but ourselves! It is up to US the Citizens to demand the town cleans up the images of our cities. The city has hired a manager to plan for 5, 10, 15 and 20 year plans for our future. The city started going down hill when Sewell's Hubbard's and Warren Sewell started to decline. Why didn't the city look for replacement for these businesses? It's time the citizens start going to the city council meetings and demanding change. The Hubbard's building should be the start,because it is the biggest eyesore, and then move on to the other buildings that are vacant or run down. Tell me what you think. Thank You!
Restart

United States

#33 Mar 19, 2013
Burn it to the ground!
billy

Carrollton, GA

#34 Mar 20, 2013
Looking For Progress wrote:
The post started as a discussion of observation about citizens tired of driving through our towns in West Georgia and seeing what pitiful sights we have to endure. Bremen, Buchanan and Tallapoosa can look like Carrollton just by demanding change!
We can blame everyone but ourselves! It is up to US the Citizens to demand the town cleans up the images of our cities. The city has hired a manager to plan for 5, 10, 15 and 20 year plans for our future. The city started going down hill when Sewell's Hubbard's and Warren Sewell started to decline. Why didn't the city look for replacement for these businesses? It's time the citizens start going to the city council meetings and demanding change. The Hubbard's building should be the start,because it is the biggest eyesore, and then move on to the other buildings that are vacant or run down. Tell me what you think. Thank You!
why dont you buy all those bad looking buildings and demolish them and open a private park with pretty green grass..You have to remember the golden rule.He will the gold makes the rules.
Looking For Progress

Macon, GA

#35 Mar 23, 2013
Our community leaders have many problems and many priorities and schools, housing, tax base & recreation are the most important. The 5-10 Year restoration plans should also be a priority with help from Federal, state and local help.

The city manager is paid to carry out the plans of the counsel and citizens.

Recommendations and citizen input will help the leaders to take us into a new direction.

Crissy, no one person can buy these buildings from owners who have no willingness to sell. It will take the will of the citizens to make changes.
RTR4LIFE

Palmetto, GA

#36 Mar 27, 2013
Who knows...who knows. It's a tough & very rough economy. We can only depend on our elected officials to make the best possible, sound decisions for the betterment of our community. There will be decisions that some ppl like and others do not. Regardless, we can only hope the decisions that are made will benefit our community as a whole and our surrounding communities too.
Community Supporter

Macon, GA

#37 Apr 9, 2013
Many of the leaders of our communities must deal with the declining infrastructure in each and every town. Including with the infrastructure they must deal with the buildings that become a hazard to the community and or public safety. It is a requirement for the city counsel to plan for and demand from the property owners the maintenance of structures and protection of the community. If one person gets hurt of killed in one of these buildings then it will be too late for action. It is time for the owners to clean up and fix up these buildings. It is time for every citizen to show up at the city counsel meetings to voice their opinion about the " Status of our town".
Maybe Ms. Sharon Sewell will write about this topic in the next water bill. She is a good lady and a great person.
Community Supporter

Macon, GA

#38 Apr 9, 2013
Why can't this be Bremen?

City gets $100,000 GreenBelt grant
by Winston Jones/Times-Georgian
Apr 04, 2013 | 1920 views | 3 | 7 ||

A portion of the Carrollton GreenBelt heads west from the Carrollton City Schools campus. With funding provided in part from a grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, a spur would be built from along this stretch crossing Buffalo Creek with a bridge toward the backside of Carrollton Elementary School.(Photo by Cliff Williams/Times-Georgian)
The city of Carrollton has received a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to build a 700-foot spur to connect Carrollton Elementary School with the nearby GreenBelt Trail.

The grant, announced Wednesday, is part of $1.66 million in new DNR grants made to trail projects in 16 Georgia municipalities.

This is the second consecutive year Carrollton has received the DNR grant. Last year, a $100,000 grant was awarded for GreenBelt work near the Lake Carroll boat dock, handicap access at the pavilion and to build trail along Lakeshore Drive.

The spur project includes a bridge across Buffalo Creek and it terminates near the student drop-off area at the elementary school, said City Manager Casey Coleman.

“The way the trail is laid out now, there’s no sidewalk to the school,” said Erica Studdard, executive director of Friends of Carrollton GreenBelt.“This will give access for students who want to use the trail to bike or walk to school, without having to cross the road. We decided to make the connection from the back side of the school, close to the drop off for car riders.”

Read more: Gateway Beacon - City gets 100 000 GreenBelt grant
Just the Facts Jack

Macon, GA

#39 Apr 10, 2013
Where are we today?
The HCHA needs to put articles each week in the Gateway and Times Georgian on the current status of our County. The Authority also needs to work with each city council to inform each city as to the status of bringing additional industry in Haralson County. I know some cities use tax incentives to lure businesses to certain cities, but we must work together to increase the available jobs to our county. Our workforce needs to be certified work ready and there must be more emphases on training and certification. Most busineses will not hire without that certification. There needs to be a better coordination with HCDA,Cities and Technicials schools.
HCDA develops economic plan
May 24, 2011
Following the release last month of findings from a community assessment
conducted in the county, the Haralson County Development Authority has paid close attention to the recommendations of the assessment consultants and recently began a campaign to bring industry, jobs and growth to the area.
At the regular meeting of the HCDA board last month, Board Chairman David Greene announced a plan for a new level of development by forming committees to work on various aspects of economic development and by working together with community members and municipalities to reach a common goal.
Among the recommendations the consultants made to the county, HCDA Director Tara Chapman said at this month's meeting Tuesday that the local workforce and infrastructure are the biggest tasks to address in the coming months.
"Let's not forget we had the assessment. We want to keep the momentum
going," she said. "A skilled, well-educated workforce is required, and the lack of a strategic plan is a major drawback. Our workforce is a huge topic to tackle, and we need to make this a top priority. The infrastructure and workforce are going to be two things we need to look into."
Chapman said the consultants saw a good start in the county water
authority's work to start a reservoir project in the county, but some sites in
the county are not suitable for potential sites because of their lack of infrastructure amenities. Despite this, the HCDA has submitted many available sites to potential projects.
In addition to working on enticing industry to the area, Chapman said she's
been busy keeping the industry already in the area happy and informed. Among the initiatives she plans to offer to the area's existing industry, she's
started a newsletter keeping these sites aware of tax credits available to
them, the Georgia Work Ready program, and of the county's gratitude. She said she has plans to spotlight these industries in the future.
"We need to bring awareness. I don't think people are aware of the
industry we have here and what they do," she said.
She also reported that the county is in line to receive a free strategic
plan for its tourism, the county is only 18 certificates away from being
designated Work Ready, and that local small business owners have an opportunity to obtain a loan from Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE). ACE facilitates a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for businesses in Haralson County. Between $500 and $30,000 are available to loan.
Greene said that chairpersons have been chosen for the seven committees
formed last month, and many community leaders have expressed interest in
assisting their progress.
"We've got to keep this momentum going. We've got the assessment, we
know where we want to go," he said. "In these chair positions, we
hope you're going to take ownership. It'd be so easy to sit up here, do our
little thing and go home, but we all have an ultimate goal for bringing
development to this county."
Tom Of Bremen

Norcross, GA

#40 Apr 17, 2013
Until something is done about the Hubbard building there is no reason to talk about improvement anywhere else in town. It would be like painting the house and not cleaning up the dog turd on the living room rug.
Caronconn

Bremen, GA

#41 Apr 21, 2013
curious wrote:
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The downfall of Bremen (ie Hubbards) happened way before Obama. I don't like current politicians anymore than the next guy, but don't blame things from 13 years ago on him.
You are correct Bremen and many other small towns have fallen to ruin and it had nothing to do with Obama!
Caronconn

Bremen, GA

#42 Apr 21, 2013
Looking For Progress wrote:
It has become very depressing to drive through downtown Bremen, Tallapoosa & Buchanan. It seems we have no short term or long term plans to revitalize our community or towns. Why has improvements to the buildings in these towns been few and far between?
Our city council needs to act now for the future of our town. Bremen has eyesores all over the town, and it keeps getting worse. The Hubbard's building is the biggest eyesore followed by dilapidated buildings such as the old police station and other empty buildings with roof and structural problems.
It is going to be a thorn in the side of every resident of Bremen until action is taken to clean up the town and put a plan in play that makes these buildings either torn down or dramatically refurbished so it will no longer look like a town dying!
If you or any other party involved in this conversation would like to see Haralson County cleaned up I can offer you some opportunities.The most important thing we can do as citizens is get involved. Did you know there is a new group currently being formed called Keep Haralson Beautiful? Would you like to join this group? Stop by Sewell Mill ( 126 Hamilton Ave) and see Jim Winchester in the Family Connections office.They are currently seeking members who want to see change. Another idea is to contact the DDA , help write grants to get funding for improvement.Volunteer...it takes a village !
Caronconn

Bremen, GA

#43 Apr 21, 2013
Looking For Progress wrote:
The post started as a discussion of observation about citizens tired of driving through our towns in West Georgia and seeing what pitiful sights we have to endure. Bremen, Buchanan and Tallapoosa can look like Carrollton just by demanding change!
We can blame everyone but ourselves! It is up to US the Citizens to demand the town cleans up the images of our cities. The city has hired a manager to plan for 5, 10, 15 and 20 year plans for our future. The city started going down hill when Sewell's Hubbard's and Warren Sewell started to decline. Why didn't the city look for replacement for these businesses? It's time the citizens start going to the city council meetings and demanding change. The Hubbard's building should be the start,because it is the biggest eyesore, and then move on to the other buildings that are vacant or run down. Tell me what you think. Thank You!
I manage the old Warren Sewell building on the corner of Hamilton Ave and Jackson St.We have remodeled and refurbished this building and have made it a wonderful community center.Most of this work was done with private funding. What we need is a good strong team of grant writers to bring money in to our community ...know anyone?
Happy Pappy

Carrollton, GA

#44 Apr 21, 2013
Everyone: Get over it.

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