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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  • 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

  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014