May 20, 2014

Charles Oliver: Re-enactment for charity axed

• In England, the Barnsley Council has banned a planned World War II re-enactment after finding that some of the re-enactors would portray German soldiers. The re-enactment would have raised money for a local charity. Though the re-enactors assured them that they would portray only members of Wehrmacht units and not anyone from the Gestapo, Schutzstaffel or other Nazi organizations, local elected officials wouldn’t budge.

• Rockdale County, Ga., sheriff’s deputy Loretta Hernandez has resigned after admitting to having sex while on duty at least three times, including at least once when her activities delayed her response to a call. Sheriff’s department officials say two of those incidents happened in a marked patrol vehicle in public.

• In Canada, the Toronto police board has demanded an investigation after officer Sasa Sljivo admitted to stripping hundreds of people naked during routine searches. During the trial of a man accused of drug trafficking Sljivo testified that he routinely stripped suspects during searches even though department policy and Supreme Court rulings bar suspects from being stripped during most searches.

• Four years ago, the Allen, Texas, school system opened a $60 million high school football stadium. Earlier this year, officials discovered cracks throughout the stadium concourse. Local media report that an investigation has found that some support structures are inadequate to support the weight that is placed on them. In a handful of places, the weight placed on those structure is 70 percent more than their designed to bear. The school has closed the stadium pending a plan to repair it. Officials have announced they will play this fall’s games in nearby Plano.

• Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., charges students $20 to take part in its graduation ceremony. And this year, it will charge parents $200 each for preferred seating up front. Despite the high price, school officials report that all preferred seating is sold out.

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  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014