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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  • 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

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014

  • Citizen of the Week: Jonathan Rose

    Running for exercise is a popular hobby among many local residents, but at least one racing enthusiast plans to take his fun a step further today.

    April 11, 2014