August 7, 2013

Charles Oliver: Student reading list full of errors

• Hempstead Public Schools in New York has released a reading list for students that includes more than 30 mistakes. For instance, it recommends students read “The Great Gypsy” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. At least they got Fitzgerald’s name right. The list also refers to works by George Ornell and Emily Bonte.

• Roy Middleton just wanted a smoke, so walked out of the house he shares with his mother to grab a cigarette out of her car, which was parked in their driveway. That’s where someone ordered him to “Get your hands where I can see them.” As he turned to see who was talking to him, Escambia County, Fla., deputies fired 15 shots at him. Fortunately, even though the deputies were just a few feet away, just two of the bullets they fired struck him. Five of the bullets struck the car. It isn’t clear where the remaining eight shots landed. The sheriff’s office says the deputies were responding to a report of a burglary and Middleton lunged at them while holding a metallic object in his hand.

• The next time you think about dumping cooking grease down your drain, think about this. Sewer workers in London, England, recently had to blast a 15-ton blob of fat, babywipes and sanitary napkins out of one of the sewers. Utility workers say if they hadn’t spotted the bus-sized “fatberg” in time it would have blocked the sewer and caused raw sewage to erupt in the streets and in homes and businesses. Though this was the largest blob of fat ever recorded in England, officials say they deal with fatbergs all the time because of people flushing and dumping things they shouldn’t.

• The Schenectady County, N.Y., sheriff’s office arrested Donald Andrews for criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance after finding crack cocaine in the smoke shop he owns and runs. He spent three weeks in jail before his attorney got officials to look at security video from his store. That video showed a paid informant for the sheriff’s office planting the crack. Sheriff Dominic Dagostino denies any of his officers were involved in an attempt to frame Andrews. Andrews has filed notice that he intends to sue the county for wrongful arrest.

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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