March 27, 2013

Charles Oliver: Keeping a school clean can be challenging

Sarah Atchison calls it “the biggest nightmare” of her life. She was dropping her children off at the Primrose School in Cypress, Texas, when she saw a suspicious man in the parking lot. She rushed inside and told the office staff. They locked down the school and called 911. That wasn’t enough for Atchison, who called 911, too. After officers arrived, they determined the man was part of the cleaning crew.

A Dallas County, Texas, grand jury has indicted former state trooper Kelley Helleson on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression after she conducted a full body cavity search of two women by the side of a road. Another trooper, David Farrell, was charged with theft after one of the women reported a bottle of hydrocodone missing after the search. Farrell had stopped the two for littering after reportedly seeing one throw a cigarette out the window of the car they were traveling in.

Officials with Maryland’s St. Mary’s County school system are looking at ways to keep students safe both emotionally and physically. Among the new rules they are considering are banning lunchtime and recess visits by parents, banning children from handing out birthday party invitations and banning people from bringing homemade food to school.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has asked the city’s Human Relations Commission to consider rebuking Philadelphia magazine and author Robert Huber. Nutter was angered by an article written by Huber called “Being White in Philly,” in which white residents talked about, among other things, being victims of crime and being threatened by drug dealers.

Former Leola, S.D., police chief John R. Grabowska has pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement. He took $37,000 from the community fire department. Grabowska had previously pleaded guilty to taking $3,200 from a man accused of growing marijuana.

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  • 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

  • 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