March 11, 2014

Charles Oliver: Officer possessed poor performance record

• Those who read this column a few weeks ago might remember the story about a Euharlee police officer who shot a teenager in the teen’s home after he answered her knock on the door. Police officials say the officer thought the boy was holding a gun when he answered the door. But neighbors who came to the scene of the shooting say the teen was holding a Wii game controller. It turns out that officer, Beth Gatny, had been previously fired by the Acworth police department. She reportedly had a history of poor performance in Acworth, including being in four car wrecks and being reprimanded for not following orders.

• School officials in Montgomery County, Tenn., suspended David Duren-Sanner for 10 days and ordered him to attend 90 days of alternative school after they found a knife in his car. His father took the blame. He said it was a fishing knife that got wedged between the seats after he went fishing. After media picked up on the story, school officials reduced the son’s time in alternative school to 30 days.

• Annapolis, Md. police chief Michael Pristoop is convinced that marijuana is dangerous. In fact, he told a state legislative panel considering legalizing the drug that 37 people died from marijuana overdoses on just the first day after Colorado legalized the drug. One of the lawmakers told Pristoop that number came from a satirical website. But Pristoop said he was “holding on to information I was provided.” But after the meeting, and presumably after doing some research, he admitted the number came from the satirical website. But he said the rest of his testimony on the dangers of the drug was accurate.

• European Union rules have forced Kenneth and Deidre Hicks off the land they have farmed on the Isle of Wight for 30 years so it can be flooded to boost the population of birds. The land was placed within an EU special protection area in 1998, and the family sold most of its property to the Royal Society for Protection of Birds then. But the RSPB insists that the protection area is still under-performing and petitioned the Environment Agency that more land needed to be flooded to provide habitat for birds.

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  • 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

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014