March 13, 2013

Charles Oliver: Camouflaging their intentions

• Officials locked down L’Anse Creuse High School in Michigan after someone reported seeing a man dressed in camouflage enter the building. It turned out the man was a former student who currently works at a nearby Air Force National Guard base. He reportedly had come to get a letter of recommendation from someone at the school. You know, if they’d locked down my high school every time someone dressed in camouflage came in, the place would have been permanently shut down every year during deer season.

• Cops raided the Benson family farm in southern Illinois, claiming someone had reported they were cooking meth. Police pointed to several buckets standing next to the trees on their property and said those had made someone suspicious. The Bensons informed the officers the trees were sugar maples. Those trees had taps in them, and the buckets were collecting the sap, which the family turns into maple syrup.

• A Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrested Anthony Brasfield and charged him with felony polluting. Did Brasfield dump toxic chemicals into a river or stream? No. Did he dispose of asbestos improperly or burn tires without a permit? No and no. Brasfield released a dozen mylar heart-shaped balloons as a romantic gesture to his girlfriend. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

• The Louisiana State Health Department forced a Shreveport homeless shelter to destroy 1,600 pounds of venison that local hunters had donated to it. The meat had been processed at a slaughterhouse that is permitted by the state, but state law does not permit venison to be distributed commercially.

• Chicago police raided Charlene and Samuel Holly’s apartment, killed their dog, held them and six children at gunpoint and told one of the children, “This is what happens when your grandma sells crack.” Only later did they realize their warrant specifically said it was for an apartment on the second floor of the building. The Hollys’ apartment is on the first floor. The Hollys are suing the city.

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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