November 20, 2013

Charles Oliver: Elderly man objects to 'interference'

* A British court ruled that a prostitute “fleeced” 87-year-old Alan Thipthorpe out of his life savings and barred her from having contact with him or from entering any council-owned sheltered housing. But Thipthorpe isn’t happy with the government’s attempts to protect him. “I’ve not got long to go, have I? I’m still attracted to ladies. I got that young girl to try to do me a job as, you know, my carer. I think I’m entitled to that,” he said.

* An Illinois investigation of the state’s Medicaid program has found that around one quarter of those enrolled do not actually qualify for benefits. Investigators have only reviewed about one-fourth of those enrolled so far, so that percentage may change.

* Pittsburgh, Pa., police charged DeAndre Brown with robbing a bakery after a witness identified him as the robber. When he was arrested, Brown told cops he was at a training session for his job as a security guard for the Carnegie Library at the time of the robbery. And his attorney tried to give officers contacts for the training session at a preliminary hearing, but they refused to accept the information. Brown spent a month in jail before anyone got around to checking out his alibi. It turns out there was security video showing him at the training session, his signature was on the sign-in sheet and at least one witness remembered him there. Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Brown.

* All Sarnia, Ontario, residents Nicole Sauve and Ken Campbell wanted to do was build a fence around their backyard. But while digging post holes, they uncovered the 400-year-old skeleton of an aboriginal woman. That meant that under provincial law they were required to have an archeological assessment done of their property. At their own expense. The couple says the final bill for the assessment came to $5,000.

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  • 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

  • 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