May 8, 2013

Charles Oliver: Student suspended, arrested for NRA shirt

• Jared Marcum was suspended and arrested on charges of disrupting school after wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt to West Virginia’s Logan Middle School. A teacher said the shirt, which had a depiction of a rifle on it, violated school dress code policy. That policy bans clothing that displays violence but says nothing about firearms. After he served his suspension, Marcum returned to school wearing the same T-shirt, and this time he was joined by dozens of students across the Logan County school system. Maybe next they can all wear T-shirts with the University of West Virginia’s Mountaineer, who is always holding a musket.

• In North Carolina, David “Cole” Withrow arrived at Princeton High School and found he’d left a shotgun in his truck after a weekend of skeet shooting. He called his mom to come pick it up, but an administrator overheard the phone call. Withrow was expelled and charged with felony possession of a weapon on school property. Local media discovered that an assistant principal and a teacher in that school system were also found with weapons on school property. The assistant principal was suspended for three days but never criminally charged. The teacher was cited for a misdemeanor and resigned. Both school officials and the Johnston County sheriff’s office say they are only following the law in meting out stiffer punishments to students than to teachers and administrators.

• A senior British court has upheld a government decision to bar Robert Haye from teaching. Haye was fired from Deptford Green School and later banned from teaching after telling students homosexuality is disgusting and condemned as a sin by the Bible.

• Officials in Camden, N.J., have agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 87 individuals who had drug convictions overturned four years ago. Those convictions had been thrown out after an FBI investigation found that members of an anti-drug unit had stolen cash and drugs from suspected dealers, faked evidence and lied during grand jury testimony.

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  • Scouts’ work helped make park opening possible

    Neither snow nor rain nor bitter cold stopped two local Boy Scouts from completing work vital to opening Whitfield County’s newest historical park.

    April 24, 2014

  • BaggettOBIT.jpg Roy Everrett Baggett

    Roy Everrett Baggett, 66, of Chatsworth, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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