June 12, 2013

Charles Oliver: Drug seizure funds squandered

• Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has used thousands of dollars in drug seizure funds to throw office parties, make church donations, buy football tickets, give money to a lawyers’ group that inducted him into its hall of fame and buy display cases for shoes worn by NBA player Dwight Howard, his nephew. Howard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the spending helped fight crime and was within guidelines. The newspaper noted that even as Howard was spending that money he was warning county commissioners that he might have to lay off prosecutors if they cut his budget. The General Assembly earlier this year considered a bill that would tighten reporting requirements for drug seizure funds. Of course, it didn’t even make it to the floor of either chamber for a vote.

• The Selinsgrove, Pa., zoning board has unanimously ordered J.C. Carlson to tear down a partially built treehouse at his home. Carlson had started the treehouse as a birthday present for his daughter but was stopped by code enforcement officers. Officials say the treehouse violates local zoning laws. Why do zoning officials hate children?

• A teacher at Chase Lake Elementary School in Edmonds, Wash., asked students to bring Nerf guns for a demonstration in a math class. School officials suspended every student who took part in the experiment for violating the district’s “zero tolerance” policy on bringing weapons to school. No word on whether the teacher received any punishment.

• New York City recently began a bike sharing program. City officials left bicycles at more than 300 locations for people to borrow briefly and return. If you picked the day before the program actually began as the day when the first bike would be stolen, give yourself a hand.

• Officials with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) suspended supervisor Kevin Graney after they learned he’d been driving agency vehicles for five years with a suspended license. He reportedly had his license suspended after being caught driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. Graney, a 20-year MBTA employee, later retired.

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    Neither snow nor rain nor bitter cold stopped two local Boy Scouts from completing work vital to opening Whitfield County’s newest historical park.

    April 24, 2014

  • BaggettOBIT.jpg Roy Everrett Baggett

    Roy Everrett Baggett, 66, of Chatsworth, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Library must reach decision soon

    Four months ago the board of the Chatsworth-Murray Library announced it would leave the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System by June 30 of this year, the end of the library system’s fiscal year.

    April 23, 2014

  • Letter: Concert was spectacular

    I believe Dalton achieved its most beautiful moment last April 18, on Thornton Avenue. It occurred in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Dalton.

    April 23, 2014

  • An important part of the fight

    The lawns of Dalton City Hall and the Murray County Courthouse are filled with pinwheels this week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Not just for college students

    It was the seemingly unanswerable question of the campus — and especially the faculty — when I first attended Dalton Junior College in the 1973-74 school year: “Is man inherently good, or inherently evil?”

    April 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Evidence at the last minute or later

    In New York, Bronx County Criminal Court Judge John Wilson has banned prosecutor Megan Teesdale from his court.

    April 22, 2014

  • Misty Watson: Turns out, I’m a millennial

    The word millennial always conjures up this image of a guy wearing skinny jeans, Converse high tops, a plaid button-up shirt, thick-rimmed glasses, a hat, facial hair and a messenger bag slung over his shoulder.

    April 22, 2014

  • Understandable uncertainty from taxpayers

    It’s not yet official, but Dalton residents should expect to pay more in school property taxes this year.

    April 20, 2014

  • Letter Candidate outlines his platform

    To the citizens of Dalton and Whitfield County,
    My name is Dr. Nicky P. Starling and I am a candidate for Whitfield County Commissioner District 1. I did not attend the Republican forum on April 8 because a pastor friend was killed by a drunk driver and I chose to support his family at a memorial service.

    April 20, 2014