February 13, 2013

Charles Oliver: No happy birthday wish for you

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council has proposed the government ban children in day care centers from blowing out candles on birthday cakes. Council members say blowing out candles spreads germs. They recommended that if children insist on blowing out candles they be given a cupcake with a candle to blow out.

A state audit has found California school systems have been dipping into funds meant to provide meals for low-income students and spending that money elsewhere. The biggest offender was the Los Angeles Unified School District, which used about $159 million in school lunch money to pay for things such as lawn sprinklers and the salaries of employees at a TV station it runs.

Customs officials nabbed Robin Hall when she returned to the United States following a Caribbean cruise. They had checked the ship’s passenger list against federal databases and found she’d never completed the 50 hours of community service she’d been sentenced to for a 1991 misdemeanor theft conviction. She ended up spending seven days in a Florida jail. I feel so much safer.

Donald Settle, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S Army, is suing the Louisville, Ky., police department for assault and wrongful detention. Settle, who has a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, suffered a brain injury from an attack by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Because of that, he has difficulty speaking. Settle says he was in a local mall shopping when officers approached him and told him the mall did not allow panhandling. Settle says he was dressed in a sweatshirt and sweat pants and the officers must have mistaken him for a homeless man. He said he tried to explain who he was and why he was there, but the officers pushed him to the ground, handcuffed him and threatened to Taser him.

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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