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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  • 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