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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  • Citizens of the Week: Joel Hughes, Deanna Mathis and ‘Be a Game-Changer’ campaign team

    This past Wednesday, Shaw Industries associates decided to “change up their game” for the United Way Kick-Off, an annual leadership level meeting that starts off Shaw’s giving campaign for the year.

    August 1, 2014

  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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