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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  • 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

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014