January 28, 2014

Charles Oliver: Official proclamation: No time for ‘fans’

• Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop was on hand to greet the Denver Broncos as they arrived at their hotel before the Super Bowl. The plan was for him to shake hands with John Elway, Denver’s executive vice president of football operations and a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Broncos, and read an official proclamation. But when he stepped forward to greet Elway, the team’s media director stepped between then and told Fulop that Elway didn’t have time to talk to fans — he had to meet the mayor.

• Santa Cruz, Calif., prosecutors have charged Brian Criswell with 16 counts of child molestation. Criswell allegedly molested two children he met while working as a court-appointed child welfare advocate.

• The European Union awarded Stilton cheese “protected geographical indication status,” which means anything called Stilton cheese must be prepared only in certain locations, namely Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, England. This means Stilton cheese made in the village of Stilton cannot be called Stilton cheese. That has the residents of Stilton cheesed off.

• Two years ago, against the wishes of teachers, officials at Auckland, New Zealand’s Swanson Primary School abolished almost all rules for recess. They thought that health and safety concerns had stopped children from being active. Well, they are certainly active now, climbing trees, playing tag and red rover, skateboarding, playing in a pit filled with pieces of wood, old tires and a fire hose. Officials admit it looks like chaos on the playground, but they say they are actually having to stop fewer disputes since they got rid of the rules. They also say that children are better behaved in the classroom and there are fewer reports of bullying.

• After her ex-husband killed their son and then himself, officials in Essex, Vt., had Christina Schumacher involuntarily committed to a mental institution for five weeks, allegedly for her own protection. Schumacher and her friends insist she was never a danger to herself, and the confinement was done without a judge’s order. After her attorney was finally able to get a judge to review the confinement order, she was freed. But the hospital is reportedly trying to bill her for her stay.

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  • 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

  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

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