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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  • 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

  • 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